Fool’s dream and we foot the hill

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When will com­mon sense take over most of our mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil? The lat­est is the money grab to save Or­ford once again. Less Mount Or­ford than the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the same name it seems. While Stanstead can hardly get a new house built once in a while, con­dos are spruc­ing up in Or­ford every day. Yet Stanstead’s coun­cil was fooled into giv­ing money to the ‘com­mon good’ once again with un­told ben­e­fits to soon rain down in our town.

All backed by the sa­vant (in the Eng­lish sense of the word) work of an es­teemed Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor who is promis­ing that for a dol­lar spent in the ski busi­ness, 3, 5, 7 and while we are at it thou­sands of dol­lars will flow our way. Even the Lord was un­able to mul­ti­ply bread as econ­o­mists do. In this case the es­teemed pro­fes­sor can­not even plead the usual arm’s length ar­range­ment that we have come to ex­pect. Not only are the stud­ies funded by the in­dus­try but they are only avail­able from it!

Now back to the planet. Ski is doomed. We will re­peat, ski is doomed. Golf is go­ing nowhere, golf is go­ing nowhere.

Let’s start with golf. Not only is the ‘Mon Or­ford’, be­cause mirac­u­lously it’s now ours, in­tend­ing to waste $25,000,000 over the next few years, most of it pub­lic money, which sounds bet­ter than tax­pay­ers’ money, on the ski hill, but they also in­tend to spend a lot on the golf course! Now tech­ni­cally, Stanstead’s Duf­ferin Heights is not in Stanstead but in Que­bec’s only aber­ra­tion of Stanstead East. Well this is not On­tario with about 400 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for a pop­u­la­tion al­most twice as big, Que­bec hav­ing over 1,100! And it’s not even in our MRC. But it em­ploys dozens of res­i­dents of our town! Brings real rev­enue in. And golf is strug­gling, and strug­gling badly, we only have to look at Venise in Ma­gog who is try­ing des­per­ately to con­vert it­self into a VR camp­ground to un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion.

Ski, well un­less you are Don­ald Trump, no not even he is stupid enough to in­vest in a ski re­sort, and deny cli­matic changes, you know that it will soon be as ex­tinct as the dodo bird. For years we were told to look no fur­ther than Jay Peak to see the fu­ture. Well we know how the fu­ture was spelled there: F.R.A.U.D.

Some­body should have seen the red light flash­ing it seems to us. So what if your tax bill sees a small hike? So what if we are only ‘cre­at­ing’ low pay­ing sea­sonal jobs? So what if at some time the only way to make money is to light the hills de­stroy­ing Me­gan­tic’s ob­ser­va­tory. By the way, it may be small, but a lot of the in­stru­ments that go into space are tested there and these are not sea­sonal jobs.

Let’s for­get Owl’s Head, let’s for­get Sut­ton while we’re at it. Let’s for­get the half dozen mirac­u­lous so­lu­tions pro­posed over the years to save Or­ford. Let’s for­get re­al­ity. It’s the best way to look at this mess.

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