Ravell Call, Deseret News
Darrell Smith, Mayor of Draper, front, Thursday, March 29, 2012.

I was intrigued by the recent article by Julian Reyes entitled "Draper says it won't be 'bullied.'" In the article Mayor Smith and the City Council are represented as having said they won't be "bullied" by those who oppose the facility.

Is "bully" the name we now give to those who express public opposition to expenditures of our tax dollars? If so, I too, bullied the mayor and most of the city council in the recent Draper town meeting to learn about the proposed facility. I expressed my opposition to this project as a resident senior citizen of Draper.

I was hoping for a chance to hear the pros and cons of this major project proposed by our city fathers. I was disappointed because only the pros were displayed in vivid color. Those of us who have doubts of the wisdom of this $29 million expenditure were "bullied" into only hearing one side of the story. So, who is bullying whom? Draper officials seem to be promoting this facility, not just "letting the voters decide."

Gerald A. Wilkinson