Money not well spent
Letter to the Editor
This letter was originally sent to the Mayor and Counciilors for the Town of Antigonish.
Imagine my surprise at hearing on the local news that the Town had given St. F.X. $4,000 of our tax money to keep the students on campus for the Homecoming weekend!
Do the mayor and councillors honestly believe that the students will not party in town?
I am willing to bet my 2019 taxes that we will still have them partying all over town.
And the mess they make is disgusting. Beer cans everywhere, broken bottles on the street, van- dalism ... breaking trees, bending signs, tearing out flowers, etc.
And we know it is students. Not all of them, but enough of them. Because this does not happen when they are not here. The students need to be held accountable for their actions!
Last year on Homecoming weekend, it was a disgrace.
At 10 a.m. students were so drunk that they were falling all over themselves. There was one girl so drunk that she was spread out at the intersection of St. Ninian Street at the church hill. And three others as drunk as she was trying to pick her up.
There were at least a hundred students partying at the intersection of Fairview Street and Highland Drive.
And what was worse was there were six or seven RCMP standing across the street watching them. If that were one of the tax paying residents in Antigonish, we would have been arrested or, at the very least, given a fine.
It was bad enough that the town council voted to give one percent of the raise in our town taxes to the (Keating) Millenium Centre. I can't even express how angry I was to hear that.
The residents of this town and county pledged their own money to help with the building of the MC. The residents use the gym and pool but they have to pay a membership to do that.
I use the pool all the time for aquasize and have to pay to get into it. It is not like we don't pay our own way.
Why the council feels our tax dollars should continue to go to
St. F.X. baffles me. They do not pay taxes in this town. That in itself should be enough.
How the council could even do this without asking the residents, if they wanted to, is beyond me.