Those of you who have complaints about how the board is run, the positions the board takes, or the state of the PWC republican party, this is your chance to take those concerns in question form directly to the top. This is NOT a place for personal attacks; I strongly urge everybody to stick to questions about issues, policy, and politics.
This is our chance to show how adults can have real differences and communicate them with respect and purpose, something that too often is lacking in many blogs these days.
Here are the questions I asked:
Sean, thanks for taking the time to answer questions, and for the hard, tireless work you perform for the county.
1. do you feel that blogs such as this one, which encourage personal attacks on both incumbent republican legislators, and republican party activists, help or hurt the republican party?
2. Would you support a more positive-oriented discussion group where all members of the republican party can debate issues, policies, and politics without the vitriol which seems only to divide the party, obscure our message, and impede the election of fellow republicans?
3. The Los Angelos times has a policy that all employees must identify themselves and their affiliation when participating in internet discussions. Do you think that politicians should be as open as the LA Times staff? Put another way, there are rumors that local politicians post anonymously to blogs such as this one. Do you think that politicians should post anonymously to blogs, or should they, being public officials, identify themselves and be held responsible for their comments?
4. The PWC Republican committee took policy positions on several issues before the state and local legislatures. Two-part question: First, do you think that committees should take positions on issues of importance to the members of the committee as a way to inform our elected leaders of our concerns? Second, do think there are ways that we can express our opinions on issues without being accused of attacking our representatives for disagreeing with them?
Thank you in advance for considering my questions and taking the time to respond. I believe that open and transparent dialog between the citizens and their elected leaders is the key to open, honest, and effective government.