Unfortunately for me, I missed Deidra Cole deliver her statement at the podium at city commission on June 8.
I just read it on the FIrelands 411 blog. Phenomenal! That’s all I can say.
In fact it was so great, it’s worth repeating.
So how does one truly demand transparency — and then get it?
Well, I suggest that we begin by understanding what transparency truly is. Transparency is much, much, more than reporting the basic facts or the basic process. It’s about openly disclosing — not disguising –– the motivation for the behavior/action taken.
It’s sharing who is involved and why; it offers up the information of who stands to gain and who stands to lose; it’s acknowledging and respecting the fact that others have the right to know and ensuring the whole truth (which is different from the half-truth) is conveyed.
Is that really too much to expect from those in a position of public power? Remember this: Lies are told using statements of truth out of context. That is NOT transparency.
That, my friends, is deception.