Both are nice neighborhoods with a school that is about to undergo a major physical alteration. As is often the case, there are disagreements over the changes that should take place.

Regarding the new CdM stadium the Daily Pilot wrote, “In the works for years, the renovations have polarized the neighborhood, with neighbors calling the lights and noise anticipated from the larger stadium a quality-of-life killer. Supporter said lights, and additional features like more seating, would give teams more practice time and end the school’s reliance on rickety old bleachers.”

Over in Mesa Verde, there is polarization over the placement of part of a fence that will surround Adams Elementary later this year. The outcry caused a protest complete with picketers at a recent neighborhood meeting.

So what do the two neighborhoods have in common? Both are suffering from a lack of good listeners at the school district.

In his column in the Business section of today’s Register, Harvey MacKay writes about the power of being a good listener. Most of us have to learn how to listen. But if we can master this priceless skill, we can go a long way toward achieving success in almost any endeavor.

Being a good listener is not easy. Most of us want to talk instead of listen because for most of us, we are our own favorite subject. Good listeners are no different. But while they are also their own favorite subject, they understand the the person who is speaking feels the same way about him or herself. So, the good listener listens. The good listener takes a cue from Dale Carnegie and asks a minimum of three questions before offering their own reply.

This lack of good listeners on Bear St. is nothing new and it is the product of the complacency that occurs when the same people have the same jobs for too long.