It was with dismay that I read that a group of UA citizens is seeking to recall five of our six council members over their votes to rebuild Northam Park.

To the Editor:

It was with dismay that I read that a group of UA citizens is seeking to recall five of our six council members over their votes to rebuild Northam Park.

Recall efforts and recall elections should not be used in a punitive sense as a result of a single issue or a single vote. As a citizen of UA, I will be very angry if my tax dollars are used to support a recall over this issue.

It's fine to disagree with a vote or position -- that's what our democracy is founded upon -- but that should be expressed at the ballot box during a normal election.

This effort misses the larger point: As a community, we are losing the ability to talk to each other and to engage in meaningful dialogue.

Consider 2015 alone: When key issues have come up, our community has splintered into opposing camps, not engaged in meaningful conversation, and largely has been unable to come back together after the issue has passed. We saw this with the proposal to add baseball diamonds to Fancyburg Park and we currently see this with the 911 dispatch proposal and the rebuilding of Northam Park. In 2014, we saw this in the effort to rezone a section of the MSC property.

Through all this fighting, I hope that we remember that all of us share a common value: We want to see a strong, healthy community where all of us can live, work and thrive.

I would like to see all us take a step back, cool off and think about what community means and how we can best rebuild our ability to function as a cohesive community and to engage in positive dialogue. Without it, UA cannot grow and it will cease to be a good place to live and work.

Matt Courser

Upper Arlington