Letter to the Editor

My apologies. I’ve been out of touch here but the mind has refused to stop working. The Little Perogie just takes up so much of my time—to my delight—and as such I just never get around to updating this silly little narcissistic exercise.

Also, my laptop crashed, resulting in a lengthy and expensive data recovery process.

Oh well. Here’s a recent letter to the editor for you:

When it comes to the debate of Saskatoon’s vision of the future, Gerry Klein wants to “understand the vision before the debate is overtaken by bromides and slogans” (“Don’t let slogans dictate fate,” Aug. 4). Klein then uses bromides (“campaign that is … conducted without regard for its impact on anything other than the bottom line “) and slogans (“minimalist ambitions”) to attack those who are legitimately concerned that the city might be spending beyond its means.

If the city is to attain any vision, it would also require adequate infrastructure, functioning services and a robust economy. After all, even a vision that includes unicorn farms and gumdrop waterfalls would mean little to the person whose suspension is totaled off by a pothole.

Moreover, the visioning debate goes beyond the consultation effort launched by the city last year. It should be an ongoing process which certainly involves more voices than that of a single, patronizing newspaper columnist.

My letter was subsequently published here.
Anyone who has been following Klein’s recent output might also notice his hypocrisy in advocating for such civic improvements as architectural controls, such as those found in Santa Fe, NM of all places, without himself waiting for the visioning process to resolve itself.

Alas. I hope he didn’t take my criticism personally, or at least not as personally as I take his constant small-minded criticism of conservatives as of late.

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