In "The public and SLC projects" (Opinion, May 14), Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke says the city government's failure to engage the public caused the outcry about the streetcar proposal. That is incorrect.
For almost two years, Salt Lake City and its consultants diligently sought public comment on the streetcar route. But, paraphrasing Yogi Berra, if the people don't want to participate, nobody's gonna stop 'em. Limited participation was not government's fault; it was the public's choice.
Standing as champion for protesters at city hall may be politically canny, but it will only encourage citizens to continue to opt out of participation, to skip the boring meetings and tedious evaluation, and only to exert their influence by protesting the outcome.