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Again, the paper has managed to misrepresent an academic lecture on the general subject of the sociology of community with a presentation of the views or policies of CAYV. If you are going to provide insight for the value of the community, please do it accurately. The opening comments do not introduce the subject of Dr. Aigner's lecture. He does not introduce his lecture until well past the section of the video you have chosen to present as the introduction.
I recommend that you replay the video and listen very carefully to the sentences surrounding Steve's use of the ignorance term. The word means: without knowledge. The full context of that section of his lecture refers to the observation that since people tend not to listen to each other and hear the variety of views on any particular subject it leaves the "community" without knowledge.
Please, if you would like to condemn someone for what they say, at least have the courtesy to understand what has been said. Then you can express your views with knowledge.
If the very good idea of having folks sit down and talk about our common and general interest in the future of the Yampa Valley was the ultimate conclusion of this incident, it was a grand success.
For my part, I was first disappointed that the paper printed two "out of context" comments such that they painted a completely inaccurate assessment of Steve's lecture. If one takes the time to listen carefully to the lecture you will no doubt agree with most of what he has to say. I also believe it is important for us to recognize the particular audience of that video and the long standing relationship Steve has to that academic setting. Having sat through more graduate lectures than I can ever hope to recall, this one was amazingly benign toward what I know of our little community.
The most valuable reminder of this experience for me has been the importance of bringing the wide variety of individual interests to every table of discussion so we really know what is going on. Once we know why someone wants to do something, we can take the time to understand the full value of that change to the future of our community. A rush to judgement or decision seems to do no one much good.
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