I have always been proud of Denton and never more so than on the night of Tuesday, July 15, at the City Council meeting. With more than 500 people in attendance, media two and three deep, and folks around the world watching on the Internet, the people of Denton exemplified the best aspects of representative democracy in action.
There was passion, hard questions and strong testimony. Yet, there was civility and common courtesy by all the participants as they made their argument. I have received many compliments from around the country on how well the hearing was conducted and the dignity and class shown by everyone involved.
As a legislator, I have learned that a strong and passionate debate is always a good thing. It helps to separate the wheat from the chaff. It helps all of us find a solution that “threads the needle.” Civility and common courtesy serve all sides well as we look for solutions in this debate.
In closing, let us take a moment to praise our mayor, our City Council members and city staff for their hard work and professionalism. Every member of the council was present and attentive from 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. That is a clear demonstration of service to our city and to each of us as citizens.
state representative, District 64