Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Quote of the Day, Even If Out of Order

You’ve had that chance every year you’ve been in business, mister, and you haven’t done it. You signed an agreement that prompted this council not to undertake a similar effort eight years ago and then [member redirected by the Chair] they breached almost every term of that agreement.

- - Council Member Mike Jameson to Publishing Industry Officers sitting in the council gallery

Yes, he was out of order in speaking to the gallery rather than to his fellow council members, and yes, Vice Mayor Howard Gentry appropriately stopped him and redirected him away from the publishers. But for those few moments I had goosebumps as I listened to a representative of the people speak truth to corporate power. And this from a member who is usually so restrained and dispassionate in public demeanor. It was spellbinding.

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