A group of Macon big-wigs and activists are meeting right now with a facilitator from the University of Georgia. My understanding is that they're discussing community priorities and problems, and the facilitator will put together some sort of report that will be made public next week.
They're called the "Mission Possible Force." I didn't make that up. See the sign below.
Initially I was going to sit in and The Telegraph was going to cover this brainstorming session as a news story. But early this morning I got a call from my editor who asked me not to attend, at the group's request. Apparently there was some concern that frank discussion would not ensue if the newspaper was listening and repeating things.
I can understand that. But there are several things I find hilarious about this:
1. The Telegraph helped put this together. The group is meeting at The Telegraph. We're usually not big on keeping secrets.
2. Several of the participants are long-time sources of mine. I imagine that, should I become curious, I can find a couple to tell me what happened.
3. You're going to solve the community's problems but don't want the community to listen in? OK....
Vic Jones - one of the biggest burr's in the establishment's side around here - had this to say about it:
"Tell them I said: 'Their fear of putting problems on the table and addressing them in a public forum is over half the problem around here.'"