It is clear the proponents and opponents of the NDO debate had a fair opportunity and appropriate venue for vetting their issues before City of Billings council members and mayor. Multiple hearings were held that extended deep into the night and morning hours. Accommodations were made for the large number of participants. The hearings were held with dignity and professionalism.
Our representatives serve by investing a great deal of time and commitment, and with minimal compensation. They faithfully vote their respective convictions based upon the merits of the arguments, the sentiments of their constituents and their personal assessments. To suggest anything less than that is insincere and disingenuous.
Regardless of the voting outcome, we should be proud that all interested individuals were able to express their free speech right. The NDO debate and vote are examples of representative government and democracy working at its best. The door remains open for future examination of the issue if that is desired.