Sedona AZ (October 5, 2012) – In a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor, Sedona Arizona resident, Henry Twombly, challenges the truthfulness of statements attributed to him by fellow Sedona resident, James Eaton:
I apologize to Jim Eaton if I upset him so much that he feels he has to come after me. I appreciate a healthy exchange of opinions, wherein there is no absolute truth, just different perspectives. But I prefer to be criticized for things I actually said or wrote.
To my knowledge I never wrote anything about “secret meetings.” His SRRN citation of this quote is incorrect. On August 31, 2012 only a guest perspective and no letters were published. In my “Public hearing will address amendment” I urged citizens to express their opinions about the proposed Sky Ranch amendment. So I’m not sure where he read about “secret meetings,” though he is correct thinking I believe much of the community plan has been drafted behind the scenes mainly as a pro-growth, pro-tourist agenda.
Jim correctly points out there has been plenty of opportunity for public feedback. Whether that input has been incorporated into the plan we’ll never know.
My conclusion is that much of Sedona politics happens this way. For instance, I understand money has already been budgeted for the purchase of land for a river walk.
I don’t remember a public discussion about using city money to buy creekside property from landowners, whose clients and/or friends would be the most proximate beneficiaries. Yes, there will be public access. But do we need to build a tourist attraction, when the city is $55 million in debt, and each of us is responsible for nearly $5,200, the sixth largest per capita rate in the state?
More and more I believe we are being governed by fiat, wherein the powers that be legislate their own agenda into policy. Through public forums, disguised as opportunities for input, we citizens are asked to rubber stamp their decisions. And no matter what the feedback, they do what they want.
No doubt, Jim. You will have a different opinion. But that’s the beauty of our democracy, the freedom of expression, wherein we can cordially agree to disagree.Henry Twombly Sedona AZ