Sedona is in the throes of swatting flies…woops…maybe it should be called, “swatting fiction”. But, it really is like swatting flies mid-summer in Kansas City, MO. The bug-zapper sounds like a pinball machine!
Returning from San Diego and catching up on email is one thing (I got my Google Wave invitation!!), but reading many news articles takes time. Mr. Larson’s Editorial in the Red Rock News trying to bring an ounce of common sense and logic to the fiction that surrounds the ADOT/89A Lights brouhaha was a welcome read.
You can read the full article here.
What makes people listen to a neighbor or fellow-member of an organization rather than listening to people who know the information? Why not search out the facts or at least check them out with experts? And if people check out the facts with experts, why do they still call the facts, “lies”? Are we so set in our thoughts and views of the world that there is no room for facts? Could it all be about our personal opinions? Could it be that we aren’t interested in facts, but, rather getting our way?
Many of you know that I have a real estate continuing education school in Sedona, how2educate LLC. Rumors are something we discuss in the classroom. Mostly we discuss how destructive rumors are because they change facts. We infuse our own twist with information we have received. We then pass it on. The next person passes on “the” information from us, colored with our perception, and of course, have to add a little of their own color. So on and so on…
It has become such a pastime in Sedona to bash the 89A/ADOT lights that some of us have resorted to putting our fingers in our ears, closing our eyes, and saying, “lalalalalalalala…”
Mr. Larson brings us back to reality: the lighting of 89A in West Sedona is about public safety, brought on by car/pedestrian deaths.
Let’s all chill. Can we ask questions and make a reasonable attempt to listen to the answers that are given by the experts?…instead of trying to be one?
Thank you, Mr. Larson, for your attempt to put things into perspective.
PS. If you haven’t given your opinion to ADOT, please take the time to answer the interactive survey form and fax it to 602.386.9645 before November 25, 2009