A Done Deal? Not yet...
By Kamyar Enshayan
A “Done Deal” vs. Democracy
On May 11th, a meeting was held in
In the TV news account of that meeting, the news staff explained what happened at the meeting and that many questions remained unanswered. At the very end of the story, in a slip of the tongue, he said, “But it is pretty much a done deal.”
Several people wrote in and reminded that it was not a done deal at all. In fact, the company had not even filed for any permit application yet! Since then, people have asked me, “But, really, don’t you think it is a done deal?”
I would say, yes, if we lived in
As it turns out, whether here or in
Yes, the representatives from the absentee company that wants to build a coal burning power plant in Black Hawk county have already met with the City of
For most large projects, whether a dirty coal power plant in
There is nothing that’s a “done deal.” None. Even the very democratic processes we seem to hold so dear as the foundation of our country can be undone and are being undone on a daily basis, nationally and locally. Most people think that democracy is something we did or got sometime ago, like
As it turns out, democracy is a highly perishable thing. It needs to be nurtured very carefully. Democracy is not something we have, but something we make and remake daily. There is no way around it. As soon you relax, the entities who profit from weakening it will be at it.
Ultimately, the only lasting solution is citizens who are informed and engaged. It is up to us to root out these “done deals” and to demand open decision processes. The future of our neighborhoods, towns and the nation will depend it.
Kamyar Enshayan can be reached at Enshayan@yahoo.com.