Sunday, August 13, 2006

A Misleading Question from Kitchen Democracy

The Berkeley web site named "Kitchen Democracy" recently posted this misleading question: Do you think the Transportation Commission should hold public hearings before the city implements Bus Rapid Transit?

This reminds me of the famous dishonest question: Have you stopped beating your wife? Purely by asking the question, you imply that it is common knowledge that this person used to beat his wife.

Likewise, by asking this question, Kitchen Democracy implies that there is a possibility the city will adopt BRT without holding public hearings. This is totally false. There was never any question of implementing BRT without holding public hearings about it.

Needless to say, this misleading question provoked many responses that were hostile to BRT, from people who actually believed the implication that the city was planning to do it without hearings.

I don't know if the people at Kitchen Democracy are deliberately trying to provoke antagonism to BRT or if they are really so ignorant that they think it is possible that the city would implement BRT without hearings. In either case, Kitchen Democracy is doing a disservice to Berkeley's democracy.


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