It would be easy to be mad at the business owners who successfully derailed the Streetscape ballot initiative last week, if bringing the $2.7 million question to the voters is what you feel you have been deprived of.
On the other hand, if you are one of the scores of Ridgway businesses who have opposed this effort from the beginning, or even just recently, you're satisfied with the outcome of last week's council vote to shelve the project.
But if you're upset at the businesses for doing what they thought was necessary at the eleventh hour, you shouldn't be. If they were wrong, their efforts wouldn't have worked. If their methods seemed overt and heavy-handed, perhaps that's what the situation as they saw it called for.
Instead, if you're upset at the last-minute process that seemingly didn't involve you, don't blame the business people for not inviting you to the party. Quite frankly, that's not their responsibility.