I would like to thank Mr. Clarke for his letter titled, “Political will is necessary,” I found it interesting and would add this observation.
It seems in life there is only one thing that never changes, and that is that everything changes. There is no neutral or stationary point to cling to, at least not for long. We either go forward or backward.
Change is one of the most threatening facts of life we have to deal with but there is no choice in the matter.
The municipal government needs to walk a fine line. They need to allow business and residential growth enough freedom to keep the local economy healthy and moving forward.
If they give too much freedom, abuses will happen and the environment will suffer. If they hold the reins too tight and slow the economy to a point where it starts to regress, it will take considerable effort to get it moving forward again. Until then, everyone will suffer, including the environment, because there won’t be any money in the coffers to protect, upgrade or sustain the infrastructure we often take for granted.
I believe the voters in the recent election indicated in which direction they saw the city moving. And I also think it’s something to be concerned about.
As to whether the municipal government is responsible or the general economic climate within the province and country is to blame, I don’t know. More likely, it’s a combination of both.
I agree that getting along with our neighbours is important and so is being fiscally responsible. But I hope the new mayor and revitalized council will take a long look at the direction and policies of the previous administration regarding their impact on the economic stability in the area.
And if they find their actions lacking they need the political will to become proactive enough to change what needs to be changed or alter what needs to be altered in order to improve the situation.
As it says in the old adage, “If you find yourself in a hole and want to get out, the first thing you do is stop digging.”
Wayne Wilson, Vernon