In an Oct. 15 article in the Herald, Mayor Lauretti talked about why he would not debate either Michele, or myself. He called us unqualified newcomers, and said “They don’t understand the process or the arena they are in”. I disagree, the American political system is based on the fact that anyone can run for public office. I fully understand policy, and how government works. I have studied political science and policy for a number of years.
Mayor Lauretti went on to say “Debates don’t do anything for you, they are very unproductive”. This is also untrue; through history debate has been one of the backbones of politics. Since the very origins of politics, we have debated every idea and every policy. Debate is the essence of our entire political system. From the President of the United States, down to the smallest town council, debate is how ideas are presented and molded. Mayor Lauretti seems to be a politician, who refuses to engage in politics.