Although I am against the NDO, I am glad the City Council has decided to move forward with drafting the proposal. We are a democracy, so put it out there and let us vote. The system works whether we agree with the outcome or not.
I want to appeal to the voters and council members to decide based on your own convictions and not be influenced by outside groups. As a Billings native, I have always considered this city and state to be one that celebrates independence, and we don't like outsiders telling us what we should or should not do. When it comes to the proposed NDO, it seems we have forgotten that and allowed these groups to come in from the outside and infiltrate our city in an attempt to influence an issue they feel strongly about.
After a decision is made, they will be gone and we will be left to deal with the consequences. I look forward to "we the people" deciding what's best for our city.