Were they ever listening to begin with?
After the initial proposal, several grassroots organizations popped up to express reactions that ranged from mild dissatisfaction to full-blown outrage with the team's proposal to subsidize the new stadium 100 percent on the backs of Rhode Island's already overburdened taxpayers.
Unfortunately, the rumored end to the "Listening tour for the hard of hearing" - much like the few stops made on the tour - raises more questions than it answers.
Is this a roundabout admission that the tour was just a PR stunt, and public input on the stadium was never welcome or wanted?
Is it a tacit admission that, Lucchino, Steinberg, et al. continue to think that Rhode Islanders are a bunch of ignorant rubes who don't know what's in our own best interest?
After the premature end of the 2015 legislative session, House Speaker Nick Mattiello hinted that a special session may be in order to address the stadium proposal. Rhode Islanders await the announcement of this session with bated breath.
The last - and most important question is this: Is the end of this supposedly democratic process of public input merely a sign that business as usual continues in Rhode Island, and team ownership has finally greased the right palms, in the right dollar amounts, and issued the correct winks and nods to the people in the right positions - like a third base coach to a runner stealing second - for the General Assembly to cram this inappropriate use of public dollars and public space down our collective throats?