Voter an­noyed with the ‘nasty mud-sling­ing’

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

to the editor: I am be­com­ing in­creas­ingly an­noyed with what is oc­cur­ring with the can­di­dates for the up­com­ing elec­tion.

the mud-sling­ing is grow­ing day by day and it is get­ting nasty.

I un­der­stand that the tax­pay­ers’ association has dis­banded, at least that is what they tell us. Now it ap­pears they are grad­u­ally mov­ing over to city hall in or­der to take over the run­ning of the city.

the names are very fa­mil­iar be­cause we have seen them over and over in the com­ments in our local pa­per. In fact, I am pretty sure that a week rarely passes when one or more does not sub­mit an opin­ion in our pa­per.

It has hap­pened so of­ten, that as soon as I see those names, I skip over the ar­ti­cle and go on to read some­thing cheer­ful for a change. there are a few peo­ple in this city who seem to be­lieve they are the foun­tain of wis­dom, and that what­ever they be­lieve, the rest of us must be like sheep and fol­low along. I feel that our present mayor and coun­cil have done the best job they could, and to con­stantly sit in on coun­cil meet­ings and crit­i­cize does lit­tle to make this a city that I wish to con­tinue liv­ing in.

our fam­ily has lived in West Ferris for around 60 years and I have al­ways been proud to call North bay my home, but I am be­gin­ning to won­der why.

I do not ever re­call in those 60 years the amount of dis­cord and nas­ti­ness that I now see and hear.

Let me tell you some­thing about our present mayor, al mcdon­ald. I have had per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with him be­cause I was one of a small num­ber of peo­ple who banded to­gether to fight to save tweedsmuir park, which is right be­hind the West Ferris arena.

that park is very dear to the peo­ple who live here. It would have been taken over by the city and houses built in the park had it not been for our fight to save it. Who saved it you ask? al mcdon­ald, who had the fore­sight to re­al­ize that a city with­out green spa­ces is not a place peo­ple want to live in. the coun­cil was tied in its vote, and had it not been to al, it would be gone. that was the pe­riod when the past mayor and coun­cil were try­ing to take over ev­ery green space in North bay. had they suc­ceeded, there would be no parks to­day.

I think he is a won­der­ful mayor, a proud North bay cit­i­zen, a real gen­tle­man and you would look a long time to find his equal. I al­ways feel proud when I see him at pub­lic func­tions rep­re­sent­ing our city and he con­ducts him­self with dig­nity.

In fact, I sent him an email when he de­cided to let his name stand. It be­gan, “thank you, thank you, thank you,” be­cause I was so afraid he would not run again. this city needs him des­per­ately. I be­lieve he is the only per­son who can main­tain san­ity there at this time.

I see that gary gar­diner, a can­di­date for mayor who doesn’t al­ways get his facts straight it seems, is now blam­ing al for what hap­pened with the cos­tover­runs at me­mo­rial gar­dens. a com­mit­tee was formed and it was in charge of run­ning the show. do you re­ally think that the mayor should have his hand into ev­ery lit­tle de­tail that our city is re­spon­si­ble for?

It is so easy to sit on the side­line and pick, pick, pick at ev­ery lit­tle de­tail. It is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent thing when you are run­ning the show your­self.

I think Coun. mark King has found out now that he is on coun­cil and he is do­ing a bet­ter job be­cause of it. these peo­ple have out­side lives you know, and they give a great deal of their time to their com­mu­nity – much more than most of us would be will­ing to give. Far be it for me to tell them how to do their jobs. good luck in your run for mayor, al. I am be­hind you 100 per cent.

Betty Thom­son North Bay

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