Voter annoyed with the ‘nasty mud-slinging’
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