The use of fear motivation to induce a given outcome has always struck me as nothing more than a bully’s way to go about achieving goals.
It’s common when there are challengers in a given political race that they set themselves apart from the incumbents by pointing out flaws in the existing system. For that reason, I’m neither surprised nor disapproving when a challenger takes such a tack, such as is occurring during the City Council campaign. It is disappointing, though, when comments made are unfair or exaggerate how a vote for one specific person will vastly improve relationships between the city and its residents.
It’s key to pay close attention to what each candidate has said — or written in campaign statements — then compare those statements to what we actually see or experience ourselves before casting our votes on Tuesday. We can’t be swayed by negativity unless we ourselves have experienced a decline in city services.