I talked with a few Ruston residents – ones that more or less stay out of the political fray – to get their take on what’s going on in the small town.
Sandra Alvstad, a 12½-year resident, isn’t happy with the situation.
"I don’t think it’s productive," she said. "I think it’s creating a lot of inefficiencies, and it’s not logical to me. I can’t figure out what’s driving this. It’s some root cause that we haven’t found yet. A lot of people blame it on The Commencement project, but it seems like it goes deeper than that. There are too many emotional issues."
Ruth Campbell said it’s flared tempers across the town.
"It’s gotten everybody irritated, and it’s got everybody fighting with each other," she said. "The majority of people all feel that it’s just wrong – the way that it’s done and the way it’s carried out."
But many residents aren’t taking it personally.
"I personally don’t let if hurt friendships," Campbell said. "You can’t do that."
Edie Tallman seemed to have mixed emotions. She started by saying this: "I think it’s kind of good for the town. Let them vent their anxieties and their frustrations."
But then said this: "I’m so tired of all of this, to be honest. It just makes me want to yell, ‘Oh God, let’s just (become) Tacoma.’ And I don’t even want to be annexed. It’s too small of a community to have this much fighting going on."