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Downtown committee should be inclusivePosted Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 10:32 AM
Shelbyville's two downtown groups -- one, actually is called "uptown" -- may be about to lose an available state grant due to squabbling.
Both groups need to work together.
A proposal has been made that the downtown issue should be studied by "a citizens committee of 12 to 15 people made up of property owners, merchants, financial institutions, professionals in real estate, and community leaders, as well as local government representatives," according to a story in the Wednesday, Oct. 31 T-G.
There you go. We'll end up with the same closed group who seems to want to run everything.
You shouldn't have to be a business owner or manager, banker, real estate broker or government official to be in a position to help make decisions. The unspoken message is that only people who have money and certain jobs should have power.
Broaden that committee to include others' perspectives. Everyone deserves a voice.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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