Just Decide

February 28, 2006 at 1:21pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Douglas Theatre Company President David Livingston just wants the Lincoln City Council to make up its darn mind. I can’t say I blame him. I often feel the same way about our noncommittal City Council.

In this case, Livingston simply wants the City Council to say for certain whether the city’s theater policy is going to stick around for good. Councilman Jon Camp’s halfway solution—scrapping the current policy in seven years—has yet to be voted on. Even if it passes Douglas will have no guarantees. What’s to prevent the council from extending the restrictions indefinitely? Ultimately the theater policy is driven by the government’s fear of its constituents’ decisions. It’s all too paternal for my tastes.

More broadly, David Livingston has hit upon a frustration many Lincolnites have with the City Council. The Council, for whatever reason, is terrified of commitment. It’s not that I want seven inflexible automatons, but is it too much to ask for them to make up their minds now and then?

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