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ARIZONA: Some how-to’s for Tacoma council

Letter by Kenneth R. Miller, Tacoma on May 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm | 2 Comments »
June 1, 2010 9:35 am

Setting aside the outcome, Tacoma City Council discussions about immigration suggest rules of engagement for the future.

• Don’t imply that a local citizen who sits for three hours to talk for three minutes is more influential than some guy in Kansas who sent an e-mail. People in Kansas have feelings, too.

• Avoid saying “children are our future”; it can make people burst into song.

• Don’t sing. Not even a little.

• Try not to tell a room full of activists to do something useful for the community instead of wasting your time. Activists are easily confused, and you can’t predict what they’ll do.

• Use facts, even if you have to make them up.

• Use your facts to create a sense of impending doom. This promotes thoughtful decision-making.

• Always ask your attorney before the meeting, “Is there anything else we should know?” Some attorneys are shy about offering advice.

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