CITY AT FAULT

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

The lat­est news con­cern­ing the Flames should come as no sur­prise to Cal­gar­i­ans. This is the lat­est in a never end­ing se­ries of blun­ders by city coun­cil. The blue ring, the art work at COP, $500 cof­fee mak­ers for coun­cil­lor’s of­fices, and the green carts, just to name a few that are cost­ing us mil­lions of dol­lars. And on the same day as the arena fi­asco, a coun­cil­lor has come out with con­cerns of re­leased pris­on­ers from the jails are in too close prox­im­ity to north­west res­i­dences. I won­der when this coun­cil­lor fig­ured this out? Th­ese jails have been there for decades. The city has not, but over decades coun­cil voted to keep ex­pand­ing the city in that di­rec­tion. If the city does not re­think the arena is­sue, the stakes will be­come high for a lot of people. Job losses will be huge as the NHL will no longer be vis­it­ing here, the en­ter­tain­ment shows will con­tinue to go else­where and the Roughnecks and Hit­men will end up re­lo­cat­ing to cities with more up-to-date fa­cil­i­ties. The one con­stant in this whole mess seems to end up with city coun­cil. Too many large egos and very dys­func­tional per­son­al­i­ties all in one room with us, the tax­pay­ers, foot­ing the bill. Oc­to­ber is elec­tion time. It is ev­ery Cal­gar­i­ans re­spon­si­bil­ity to get out and cast a vote that will put into of­fice a com­pe­tent group of men and women that will rep­re­sent us in a pro­fes­sional man­ner.

SHAUN HORNE (We badly need new blood.)

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