I agree with Dan Haley's excellent analysis in his column last week [VMA's well-deserved thumping, News, April 17].
It indeed got ugly and unappealing.
In addition to Haley's assessment that "the VMA badly underestimated the frustration level of voters toward the status quo in town," probably more of a factor for me occurred during the last week of the election. By hammering on non-issues and blowing them out of proportion, it became crystal clear that the VMA had launched a (failed) assassination attempt on Anan Abu-Taleb's character.
My reaction went from, "They appear to be a little out of touch" to "They think we are stupid!" Along with other Oak Parkers, I may be a lot of things, but stupid is not one of them.
So the VMA also underestimated our intelligence.
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