“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln.
The Fargo Forum story (Feb. 14, 2013) relates “Diversion officials are worried they are losing the battle of public opinion.”
“’The people who have no data are winning the argument.’ says Clay County Commissioner Kevin Campbell.”
The problem for The Diversion Authority is not the inability to get the message out. The Fargo Forum and the Public Relations group are getting the message out, but the public is not buying the message.
The same old story “blame the messenger not the message” and work harder and spend more money pushing the same old flawed message. They even considered hiring more public relations consultants.
“’The plan is start using whatever we can to get the message out,’ said Rodger Olson, a Diversion Authority member.”
The public is hearing the message from those citizens in the impacted areas. They are talking to their state legislators, giving them the message: provide the money for the intown levees, but not to move flood waters to flood others.
The Diversion Authority will be hard pressed to hear the message they don’t want to hear.