Here’s another letter to the editor, which unfortunately was not published. I assume it’s because I sent it two weeks since my previous one and the paper has a 30-day policy or something. It’s in reference to an article on page A3, “Council fights ‘undercurrent campaign'” from the August 18, 2011 paper.
Mayor Atchinson is concerned that people are “undermining the credibility of city council” when they criticize recent spending on capital projects. Councillor Darren Hill thinks these attacks are “politically motivated” and that “there’s an undercurrent campaign … established to undermine this council,” and he “doesn’t appreciate it.” Coun. Glen Penner laments that “there is a group that doesn’t understand, that doesn’t want to understand” the reasons for these projects.
So what? These gentlemen are in politics. Everything they do – and every response to everything they do – is “politically motivated”. Citizens have a right to “undermine” political decisions with which they don’t agree. In our city council’s non-partisan system, where there is no official opposition status, it is even more important for citizens themselves to scrutinize the efforts of our councillors and demand accountability for spending taxpayer dollars.
I personally support most of the capital projects in the pipeline as well as the mayor and many of our city councillors. However, if this attitude prevails throughout council, I advocate getting rid of the whole bunch and replacing them with a group which recognizes both our right and responsibility to hold them to account.
Or, at least, a group with enough backbone to defend their decisions instead of whining to the newspaper about how no one understands them.
I’m serious about my support for the mayor. He’s a good man, and I think he’s been a good mayor. He just needs to realize that everyone isn’t going to agree with him all the time despite his intentions. In other words, he needs a thicker skin.
As for Hill, he is a whiny little bitch and an acknowledged cheater.