I never know if Dan Casey is intentionally trying to be funny with some of his columns, or if he is just oblivious to his own contradictions and hypocrisy. In the Sept. 23 column (“Disagree, but show all due respect,”) I expected to hear Casey espouse the virtues of listening to all sides of an issue while being respectful to those with whom you disagree. Casey did have an issue that he disagreed with, but he was far from respectful of those with opposing views.
His first fusillade was against the Roanoke Tea Party, a local political organization whose members disagree with the county’s membership in the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Their opinions are respectfully disagreed with by labeling them as a “ridiculous assertion,” “eye-rolling conspiracy theory,” “horse manure” and “nonsense.”
Casey’s real problem, though, was he didn’t like the replacement of the chairwoman of RC-Clear when her term expired. Casey then respectfully disagreed with Windsor Hills Supervisor Ed Elswick, who selected someone to fill the position, by calling him “passive aggressive” and accusing him of “score settling.” To top it off, Casey named his blog entry online “RoCo supervisor’s action was dumb and rude.”
(Published Oct. 3)
What are these supervisors thinking?
Thanks to Dan Casey (“Disagree, but show all due respect,” Sept. 23 column) for explaining the recent Roanoke County Board of Supervisors meeting at which the county’s membership in ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability was discussed and voted on.
We watched the TV version, and I was baffled by the succession of residents making the most outrageous statements from the rostrum. “ICLEI is out to take away your property rights.” “ICLEI is connected to the United Nations” (gasp!). “Climate change is a scientific hoax.” Etc.
Then came the vote. Shocked I was when two supervisors appeared to buy the arguments of the conspiracy theorists and voted against continued membership in ICLEI.
More here than meets the eye, I thought to myself. Casey’s article helped to reveal Supervisor Ed Elswick’s attitude. Shouldn’t we expect better from our county officials? Fortunately, three supervisors showed evidence of concern for and common sense about environmental sustainability. Good for them.
(Published Oct. 4)
Note from Dan: I didn’t write the headline on the column published in the newspaper or on Roanoke.com. Many readers don’t realize that, but those who deal with the press on a regular basis do, or, at the least, they ought to.
Anyway, I wrote the hed on the blog post. I stand by it, and everything else in the column.