WADE SAYS SHE WILL SPEAK BEFORE CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY, 6/11 … CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN DOREEN WADE AND MARK SMITH PROVES ENLIGHTENING … ‘CIVILITY IS OVERRATED; WE CAN ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT HARDINESS IN OUR DISCOURSE’
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013) — Doreen Wade, the black Medford businesswoman who, after meeting twice with Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi (April 3 and 29) accused the mayor of racism, tells THE PLANET she intends to speak before the city council on Tuesday, June 11.
THE PLANET asked our Right Honorable Good Friend City Council President Kevin Sherman if Wade had contacted him, asking to speak or be put on the agenda.
“I have not received any such request from Ms. Wade via email or by telephone,” Sherman replied. Unless there is a letter in my City Hall mailbox, I have not received any request to speak from Ms. Wade.”
This concludes the correspondence between Smith and Wade as far as we know. We do not know if Wade has contacted the Pittsfield Police about Smith. THE PLANET can add, though, that we have not seen any behavior, words aside, that would lead us to believe that either party is in any danger from the other. This has been a spirited discussion that has boiled over at times but that fits well within both THE PLANET’s proscriptions for proper debate as well as Constitution’s. Both encourage people to be free. To be and feel this way, people “must feel free to say things that are controversial and to say things that are wrong, to have the opportunity to correct their statements, to assert views and to change their views. They must feel free to say things that offend and to regret it; to agree and disagree. They must feel free to wrestle with language — to be angry, moving, ironic, kind, and bitter; to be both inelegant and elegant; to grunt and pontificate; and to use words of however many letters in a vigorous engagement on the battlefield of meaning and understanding. Our ears, hearts, and minds must be toughened up to hear it all. We must be prepared to receive strange sounds before we can have a conversation. We must permit our tongues and those of others to be unruly, if for no other reason so that our hands will be ruled. … Civility is overrated. … We can encourage hardiness in our discourse” (Susan Cole, March 17, 1995, The Chronicle of Higher Education).
Meanwhile, the next days to watch will be Monday and Tuesday — the first for a possible press conference that Wade may either hold or participate in, the second for Wade’s possible appearance before the city council. Stay tuned.
“Factory windows are always broken. / Someone’s always throwing bricks, / Somebody’s always heaving cinders, / playing ugly Yahoo tricks.” — Vachel Lindsay, opening to “Factory Windows are Always Broken”