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POLL: Should Pols be Polite to the Public?

How should public officials respond when public meetings get heated?

Most people never go to a public meeting because they're thrilled with what's going on. They're usually there because they have a gripe, and they want to air it and get some action.

It's expected that they are going to be angry; but is it OK for politicians to respond in kind?

At the May 22 council meeting, a senior citizen in a nearby shopping center - he didn't think there is enough, and the councilmen thought it was just fine. The discussion degenerated into the man yelling as several of the politicians did the same to him. The brouhaha ended with a threat of the elderly man being thrown out by a police officer stationed in the council chamber.

Do you think politicians should reply respectfully to township residents, even if the residents yell at them?

Take the poll, tell us what you think!

Darby May 24, 2012 at 01:02 PM
we all have days when we can't get our point across and become frustrated. But YOU are supposed to represent the best part of Woodbridge. You are Like the police they have to keep their cool when being mocked so should you. And no there are not enough Handi capped spaces in many areas especially at town hall
So Much to Say May 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
We pay their salaries. THEY WORK FOR US. If they can't be civil to taxpayers they should be REMOVED IMMEDIANTLY. GONE!!!!!!! Also if they are ineffective leaders (prime example the entire council in Woodbridge)they need to be gone. The public comes first, not them.
slyfox1961 May 24, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Both sides should remain cival towards one another.
BobDee May 25, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Should employee's be civil towards their employer's? Not only in Woodbridge, but nation wide, politicians and township employees seem to forget who they work for.

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