OK, people, listen up!
Just kidding. Far too many of us have no idea how to listen. Mostly, we pretend to listen, but what we’re really doing is waiting for you to shut your yap so we can tell you the way it really is.
I was thinking about “listening” when the county decided to embark on a somewhat ambitious program to hold three listening sessions over the next six weeks. The first one was held Friday, leaving two to go.
I figured it was some sort of gussied-up, rebranded public hearing. Sort of like how trailer houses became mobile homes and then became manufactured homes. But as usual, I was wrong.
Listening sessions, I’m told, are indeed different. A little more on that later. And they are relatively new here in Clark County. In fact, according to County Councilor Temple Lentz, Friday’s session was the first one she has attended.
Now this column isn’t about the county’s listening sessions, but I should briefly update you on why they are being held.