Devaluing property is not my intention
I felt it was my obligation to respond to the article in the Sept. 8 issue of The Compass, entitled “ Up in arms: Carbonear residents petition council to have vacant lot cleaned up.”
I was 100 miles off Hopedale, Labrador when I received an e-mail with an attachment that took me an hour to read, and I was somewhat surprised to see the level of support from homeowners in the area.
Well, I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to look out from their patio deck and see fishing gear. I’m sick of looking at it too after 40-50 years, but some of us don’t have the luxury of retirement with a pension, so we have to try to keep going.
To let all homeowners of the area know where I stand on this, it’s plain and simple, there’s no difference now than it was this spring. I obtained a permit to prepare the land for future development and in May of this year I started to do just that. With the inshore fishery and the offshore fishery that I’m involved in taking up all of my time, I had to tempo r a r i l y break off from it. because they were the ones that brought this in without much thought as to the cost and benefits and now want to keep it at all cost, just because it was their program and is going as far as to make their MP’s vote to keep it. In this province, we have six Liberals that were given a job by the voters of this province and not by their leader. Three had said they were going to vote to do away with the long gun registry because that is what their constituents wanted. Now I understand they are going to reverse their decision just because their leader said so. Just remember your leader cannot get you elected.
Why can’t we get honourable members to send to Ottawa who will do the wishes of the people that elect them? Where are the John Crosby’s and the Don Jameson’s? They were MPs with guts. It’s time to get rid of this useless and expensive long gun registry and put the money into getting dangerous criminals off our streets.
Guns do not kill people, the same as cars do not kill people. People kill people.
(Retired) Capt Wilfred Bartlett,
Brighton But I just got home after two months on the water. So I will be continuing to remove the trees and other material debris from the property. I will also be making application to the town council for a building permit to construct a dwelling with a detached storage shed, so that my fishing gear can be stored out of sight and protected.
Leaving my fishing gear on the government wharf is not an option. It is too costly to have unattended and unprotected, and I never heard of anyone being able to obtain insurance for fishing gear.
I offered to build a storage shed and a privacy fence to address the problem of having it out in plain view, but was turned down on both by the council.
In closing, I can tell the people in the (Hoyles Road) area that I have no intention in devaluing anyone’s property. It will not happen. But I just need a little time. And if anyone thinks I’m fighting this issue, I’m not. I’m simply trying to fit in here in a way that’s acceptable to all.
In three or four years time, if I’m still around, I won’t have any need for this fishing gear. And if I’m not around, well I still won’t have any need for it. Jim Forward,