The Waterway Saga Continues.
The nogasstation site proclaims:
164 valid signatures for the online petition and counting!!! 1578 visitors on the website and counting! This must account for something!
Let us assume that these numbers are valid: 164 signatures versus 1578 visitors to the site.
What it accounts for is this: almost 90% of the people who visited the site did NOT sign the petition.
Now, I don't know where all those visitors are from. The authors of the site decline to tell us. If they are Waterway execs, curious onlookers or other non-residents of University Heights, then of course they would not be signing the petition. But how many of the 1578 visitors would fall into these categories? Most of the visitors have got to be other University Heights residents who got fliers taped on their doors (like I did), checked out the site (like I did), weighed their arguments (like I did), and weren't persuaded (as I was not).
Nine out of ten people who visited the site did not see fit to sign the petition. I think this says something, just as the 10% that did sign accounts for something. What exactly it says is open for interpretation. Admittedly, not signing a petition is not the equivilent as a positive endorsement of the contrary position. I will not go so far as to argue that since 90% didn't sign, that 90% must actually be in strong favor of the Waterway proposal. But I will go this far: 9 out of 10 people that took the time to visit their website, given the opportunity to sign a petition objecting to the proposal, declined to object. I repeat: almost 90% declined to object.
City council should take note of that. The opposition may be loud, but the opinion is far from unanimous. They are well in the minority, as their own website reveals.