Stick to facts
I AM WRITING this as a private resident of Toodyay, not in my capacity as a councillor, nor does my opinion represent the opinion of the council or the shire.
I have always strongly supported the right of the individual voice to be heard.
It is a fundamental tenet of democracy.
However, that entitlement carries a responsibility to use language wisely and respectfully.
Is a comment an honest respectful appraisal of something seen or read, or an opportunity to be spiteful, cast adverse reflection or to manipulate opinion to serve a deeper agenda?
An honest opinion may not be flattering nor popular and it may be strongly critical but it should be based on fact.
Too many comments circulating in the community are based on rumour, subjective opinions and contain sweeping statements or they target individuals.
We each have a responsibility to contribute positively to this community.
Think first about where you received your information and your reason to speak.
Is the information factual?
Ask a question if unsure, rather than state an opinion as a fact.
Ask yourself before commenting if this furthers your understanding, clears a misconception or is factually correct?