Not so long ago, on late night TV, there was the lurid escapades of the “Girls Gone Wild” video franchise, an exercise in some dude thinking up a creative way to film girls exposing various body parts without having to pay for professional, ahem, actresses. Watching the at-large debates kinda reminded me of that, not because there was any porn involved, although that might have spiced things up a bit, but rather the debate seemed to be a self indulgent exercise in being able to ask 10 at-large council candidates really long and meandering questions and then not really letting a debate unfold. What is the point?
Take the first question, please — Climate and global warming. Six weeks from now, governments will be convening a public climate change conference in order to create a new treaty. In honor of October, the international day of ******, name at least 2 ways the city can reduce their carbon footprint and would you support a citizen based sustainability committee.
And how can the city of Norwalk shore up the dollar and what would you say at Davos?
Sadly, reducing energy costs, reducing garbage production, reducing ambient light are all worthy discussion points. It would be great to hear ideas from the candidates regarding the reduction of paper waste through the use of technology. Or addressing long standing issues of composting yard waste. Or how about a philosophical question about whether tis greener of the mind to keep old buildings standing or raze them and construct new made in china buildings?
There really was only one question that needed to be asked of each candidate, with Norwalk facing even less revenue than this year where do you stand on raising property taxes, increases user fees or leasing city assets for alternative revenue? 10 candidates, and I bet we’d get very different answers and examples. They might even debate each other too.
But at long last, and I do mean it took a long time and an upgrade of my vimeo account to bring this 90 minute, thing to you.
enjoy. The questions to the candidates about 8 minutes 10 seconds in.