People from all walks of life attended this meeting. The forum was such that the five distinguished panelists were able to share their insight on the issue of discrimination. From lawyers to professors to counselors, the panel gave those in attendance a chance to hear from a diverse group of distinguished professionals. However different the background, the concern for the issue at hand was the same.
Brenda Stanley, Chief Communications officer for the Portneuf Medical Center noted that,” This is going to help our community show that it’s a welcoming and an open place for people to feel comfortable and feel safe and that’s the main part of this.”
The meeting opened questions to the audience to share their viewpoints. The panel as well as fellow audience members were able to field questions and concerns that arose as part of the discussion.
One of the organizers of the event The Rev. Craig Pesti-Strobel added that,” We particularly have a good set of answers given to legal questions, what exactly are the legal aspects of the proposed ordinance.”
One of the advantages of having James Ruchti on hand was his ability to give those in attendance professional legal advice. While many had questions for Ruchti about the specifics of the ordinance, a main take away is that some individuals, including panelists, feel that Pocatello is ready for this modification in local regulation.
The panel moderator, Dr. David Adler thoughtfully said, “You could tell from the questions that were asked and the comments that were made this was a fundamental opportunity to change the face of Pocatello. “
The Pocatello city council will soon vote on this issue, so stay tuned as this story is only beginning to develop. At the First Congressional United Church of Christ, Dave Martinson KPVI News 6.