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Re: Brentwood critics playing politics: Mayor (NewsLeader, Feb. 28)
I’m a believer in speaking for myself, rather then having others speak for me. I want to get my ideas out there, whether anyone thinks they’re good or bad. My conscience rests well with the fact I’ve put my own thoughts on the line, and take full responsibility. I’m aware that I should not tread on the rights of anyone else.
That my thinking may align with those of another person is luck as far as I am concerned, because often it doesn’t. I never take a poll before I speak. I don’t ask his or her political affiliation, religious preference, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender. My goal is not to make or discourage new friendships. My goal is to speak my truth.
I moved to Burnaby two years ago, never for one minute imagining speaking at city committees or council meetings. That was never an aspiration. Still isn’t. I do it for a clear reason: I can.
I have watched neighbours and other concerned citizens sit at the microphone in council chambers, trying to get out what they think, hope or fear. I see how hard it is for many to do this. I notice how easy it would be to knock an individual off balance. I don’t like that.
I speak and write because I live in the free world. I cherish this and engage when I feel I can do some good. I like to use my intellect and my voice; I aim to be fearless. I feel I am obligated to participate. That is what one can do with one’s privilege to live, think, write and believe freely.
The good thing is, if I believe this for myself, I believe it for you too.