I agree with the comments about Councilor Gaylord in regards to him being very slick while presenting little of substance, or anything that shows he cares about any interests beyond those of the moneyed developers. And as his constituent, I have had little opportunity to engage with him on issues I am concerned about, although I have tried. I have to say, I don't think the statement "District E residents have complained that Gaylord passes off their emails to city staff and does not engage with them." is a "whatevs" for a city council person. His job is to be responsive to constituent needs, and if he can't do that while representing them in District E, he's not going to do that as mayor.
Policies have real effects on people's lives, though. A women told the story of an insurance company's policy not to cover pre-existing conditions at any cost, meaning her son couldn't get any health insurance at all because of a birth defect. And the ER at the hospital had a policy of not covering un-reimbursed care for non-emergencies, meaning her son was not given any treatment as his cancer progressed. He died at age 34 because these policies meant he couldn't get treatment. I don't think that's hyperbole.
Population control advocates have always walked a fine line between engaging with the issue of resources becoming more ever more limited and bringing people into the movement who want an outlet to promote racist/colonialist agendas. As someone pointed out above, a culture of resource abuse and waste is also contributing to environmental degradation, not just sheer numbers of people. Humans beings are pretty resourceful, and really know how to hang on, so I think there can be movement towards using human ingenuity to promote better uses of the resources we have while encouraging ALL of us to take more responsibility for the protection of our environment.
I appreciate that this article points out something many forget - humans are complex and capable of doing lots of good and bad. And while that is part of what makes us human, always believing the good a person does cancels out the bad can have very limited value in moving humanity forward.
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