Coun­cil doesn’t want to hear from ‘ag­i­ta­tors’

Northumberland Today - - OPINION -

Re: Are Cobourg tax­pay­ers re­ally ap­a­thetic, Nov. 9 Northum­ber­land To­day

It’s my opin­ion that the most ef­fec­tive (en­dur­ing and pos­i­tive) leg­is­la­tion is one where the grass roots is highly in­te­grated (i.e. buy-in) with the own­ers of the leg­isla­tive process and gov­er­nance (i.e. coun­cil). There is no in­te­gra­tion, in fact the mayor de­fines pub­lic dis­agree­ment as “ag­i­ta­tors” (e.g. upon hear­ing of the pub­lic re­sponse to staff-spon­sored in­clu­sions to the wa­ter­front plan).

Coun­cil­lor McCarthy’s rant seemed ill-timed and just plain over-the-top. I be­lieve McCarthy to be ar­tic­u­late and some­one who would be quite adroit in any Q&A sit­u­a­tion, so I can’t help but won­der what the true mo­ti­va­tion was.

With re­gret I be­lieve this col­umn to be ac­cu­rate, a true re­flec­tion of the sit­u­a­tion within Cobourg and not eas­ily reme­died.

Gerry Walker Cobourg

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