Share Your Opinion!

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March 4, 2011

You’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear me say it again – when it comes to infrastructure and other civil engineering-related issues, the public wants to hear from you. Yes, you – civil engineers! Research has shown that civil engineers are trusted voices in the community. So what are you waiting for?

Follow your local news and look for stories related to civil engineering. You may be surprised at how often a story catches your eye. If you read a story and have an opinion on the topic, take advantage of the opportunity!

Jim Pajk, a past president of ASCE’s Ohio Council, recently came across such an opportunity and submitted a letter to the editor to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. In the letter, he talked about the recent appointment of professional engineers to high-ranking positions in the Ohio Department of Transportation, including director. Jim cited the importance of having qualified individuals ready to address the challenges Ohio’s infrastructure faces. (Bonus – he even had an opportunity to cite the 2009 Ohio Infrastructure Report Card!) Read more in his letter posted online.

In addition to providing an opportunity to share your professional opinion, letters to the editor are a great way to continue talking about your local infrastructure report card after its release.

Interested in tips on how to write a letter to the editor? Check out this blog post or send me an email.

Have you submitted a letter to the editor before? Like I said, what are you waiting for? Get out there and let your voice be heard!

Karen Heinold
Manager, State Public Relations

2 Comments
  • William M. Hayden Jr.

    Re: “How do you handle a conflict of. . .? ”
    The brevity of the note above leaves much to the imagination.
    So, a couple of “Imagineering” assumptions:
    a. There does not appear to be a professional relationship between the engineering authors who signed off on each of the 2 reports.
    b. And/or, the clients for each of the 2 engineers who authored the separate reports will not allow their engineer(s) to meet and resolve the technical issues with each other.
    Suggestion: Engage the services of a professional services mediator/facilitator to help the clients and/or engineers arrive at a clarification of:
    1. What they do agree about, based on specific information.
    2. What they do not agree about, based on specific information, and,
    3. What might be an acceptable resolution of the matter, which may not be “perfect” but each can agree is reasonable.
    Other matters, arms-length from the conclusions of the engineering report, can then be approached with a shared understanding of the engineered advice.
    p.s. On the other hand , if at the root of this conflict is a desire to achieve a win/lose outcome,
    the above note.

  • How do you handle a conflict of two PE foundation reports? I’m struggling on how to handle this.

    Thanks

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