Don’t Sit on Your Butt, Speak Up


Some big changes are headed to Eugene and I think its time the voiceless speak up. A few months back I heard Whole Foods is again looking to located in Downtown Eugene. Those close to the deal asked me to be quiet about the deal because, in case you didn’t notice, there’s a group of people in Eugene who tend to kill new development before it has a chance to grow.


The deal is out and this week the city council will talk about the project. Before that happens each one of them needs to hear from you. We complain a lot about the fact that we aren’t heard and the other voices are louder. The only people to blame for that is us. We are a part of this community and need to give our input to city leaders.

Here is a website that gives you a link to the mayor and each of the city councilors. Send your note to your representative or to each councilor and the mayor.

How to Comment:

When we comment on issues like this stay away from past history. If we dwell on the past it only makes us come across as angry. Be kind and positive with your points. Don’t blame or make villains out of the other side. I know they tend to do that with our point of view but that is no excuse for bad behavior.

Apathy is the enemy:

Opponents are not the enemy the problem is Apathy. If we throw our hands in the air and allow a small group of people to make decisions for us we deserve what we get.

Change is Coming:

I feel change in the air. Development is moving full force in this community and the tide may be turning. Now is the time to get involved. Now is the time for action.

Sick Pay:

While you’re at it you may want to offer a comment or two on the new Sick Pay plan the council is looking at. A group is pushing this issue and claiming to have thousands of signatures to back up their idea. The problem is many of us were never asked our opinions and we need to be heard. This group has an agenda and it may not line up with the majority of us in this community. Speak out.

This is Your City:

I don’t live in Eugene but my office is here and I spend a lot of time and money in this community. I can’t elect city leaders but what they do does impact my business, my life and my family. If you also don’t live in Eugene and want to wash your hands of these issues, you can’t do that. We all live here and city leaders need to hear from us.

Kindness Goes a Long Way:

When you write or communicate with local leaders remember they are just people. They are our neighbors, our friends, public servants and need to be treated with respect. They are strong people and can be talked with truthfully but a touch of kindness goes a long way for those who truly want to be heard.

Now, go sit down, quit complaining and start talking.

Rick Dancer

Yes there is an actual person named Rick Dancer. For more than 20 years I worked in the Television News Industry as a main anchor/reporter for commercial television stations in Western Oregon. I’ve received numerous awards over the years for my story telling and received “Best Writing Awards” fifteen years consecutively. You'll find me now at

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