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Disagree or Disagreeable
2024-02-28

            Just because you disagree doesn't necessarily mean that you are disagreeable. 

            The Cambridge Dictionary defines disagreement as "not having the same opinion or idea."  It defines disagreeable as "causing discomfort, unpleasant, offensive."  It even goes so far as to add "peevish or bad-tempered person" to the definition.

            Area municipal and school board meetings are not immune from officials or members of the public hearing from those who ask questions about a topic of discussion or possible decision.  After all, how will they know the answer if they are deprived of the courtesy of asking the question? 

            Most local government and school boards have a specific time in their agenda for public comment.  And, they are required by law to have the agendas posted 24 hours before a public meeting.  So, it is important for the public to review those agendas and show up at the public meeting if they have a question or comment.  You can even voice your disagreement with a decision or position taken.  Sometimes those who disagree can shed light on a subject that could affect the decision of others.  Sometimes not.

            But, the final decision must reside with the majority of those empowered with the responsibility to make the decisions and to vote on the matter.  We don't have to agree with it but we must accept it.  That's the way the system works, and it's a good system. 

            We, the voters, have the opportunity to change those who sit in the elected positions' seats every two, four, or six years. 

            At what point do we become disagreeable?  When we become unpleasant, offensive, and even peevish because the majority disagree with us.

            It is hard to find any person who has always been right in all of their actions or decisions.  Your lifetime is a good barometer for checking your past.  I'm sure you will find an "oops" somewhere in the years.

            When you disagree, talking down to others or making fun of them is never good.  Arrogance is not a positive trait.  Those who display it may one day find themselves on the same level as those they pretend to reign over.

            Those who are disagreeable run the risk of being labeled as a bully.

            Folks who malign you for disagreeing with them should find themselves maligned.  Those who malign you for being disagreeable – well, you may have earned that designation.

            Disagree but don't be disagreeable.


 

 

 

 

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