Mother was right. Always say thank-you
December 16, 2002
The fast-paced discourse of civil government often becomes uncivil. Everyone has a project, a request, an opinion, and an agenda. Plus the stakes for successfully maneuvering that agenda through the system are always high. Always.
Victories are hard-fought and defeats, painful.
Perhaps that’s why basic courtesy is often forgotten.
That is why it’s so refreshing to see individuals and groups pause to express thanks to those who helped their cause.
Recently, residents of Arrowhead Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos won a swift victory to protect their fences, trees, and sprinklers from becoming collateral damage during the installation of a new waterline by the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District.
After the GID agreed to change its plans, rather than gloating in their success, the residents paused to send thank-you notes to those who had helped them in their efforts.
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The battle has since moved on to other fronts.
However, one group of Valley residents understands civil discourse benefits from civility.