The other day I read about a new smart phone app you can use when listening to political ads.
Just by listening to the ad's message, the app identifies which political action committee paid for the ad, how much money that committee has raised and whether the ad's message is true.
From the reviews I read, it appears this app is not only legitimate but quite useful.
I so wish there was an app like that for the Sunnyside area right now.
Assertions nowadays are flying back and forth in our community. Opposing view points are miles apart and all sides are getting heated, with calls for resignations and my-way-or-the-highway rhetoric.
Whether it's about the work of Sunnyside's Promise or our city council, you could almost get whiplash trying to follow the arguments.
Problem is, folks have more in common than they think. Maybe I'm an optimist, but I think it is possible to find points of agreement.
It would be wonderful to have an app to listen to the arguments and see right away who's all behind the different appeals, what stake (financial or otherwise) they have in the issue and whether the allegations are legitimate.
Such an app is wishful thinking, but hopefully civil discourse isn't.