Letters to the Editor

Rental fee is outrageous

I find myself quite outraged after reading the article on page A5 of a Sunday paper titled “Rental fee possible for Remembrance Day." This is my first letter ever to The Morning Star but I felt it necessary to express my view to the politicians involved with the GVSC and their bureaucrat Al McNiven, the parks and recreation administrator. How dare they even contemplate charging rent to the Royal Canadian Legion and its honored veterans past, present and future.

Do I need to remind the politicians and Mr. McNiven the sacrifice that these men and woman have made to make sure we are allowed to enjoy the life we have become accustomed to. To make the ultimate sacrifice and then be made to feel that they have to come hat in hand to have a venue so the veterans, families and public may honor these heroes is beyond intelligent thought. I quote from The Morning Star this date:

a) But GVSC officials say the rental fee was waived this year and no final decision has been made about subsequent years.

b) This gives us time to chat for future years and see how we want to handle it said Al McNiven parks and recreation administrator.

c) He added that a final decision will be made by the politicians who sit around the board table.

d) GVSC may decide to provide it free of charge, who knows?

e) But McNiven admits there is concern about setting precedent because other organizations may also want free access to the Multiplex.

Excuse me, you should give up your job as parks and recreation administrator and  go into  politics. Like some politicians, when in doubt:

a) We'll do it this year but come on bended knee and ask us for the future.

b) Be incredibly arrogant "time to chat for future years to see how we want to handle it."

c) Skillfully duck the answer so the final decision will be made by the politicians who sit around the board table or the "GVSC may decide to provide it free of charge,who knows?"

d) Give a very weak excuse about “concern about setting precedent because other organizations may also want free access to the Multiplex."

Here are my answers to you sir;

a) With all due respect is this one of those oops maybe someone has to make a decision.

b) Careful that pedestal doesn't fall over. Maybe we should have a referendum on this, then we can tell you what to do.

c) Being the well paid bureaucrat you are, I suggest you find out who knows and since the politicians rely on staff recommendations, make the right one.

d) So what, we (the public) built it, we elected the politicians who hired you, and we think other organizations that are equally as important as a Remembrance Day celebration and the organizers should be able to use it at no charge.

What better use could a public facility receive?

In closing I look forward to a reply from you, the GVSC, or whomever is sitting around the board table to make the right decision.

Darryl Goodey

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