In sup­port of may­oral can­di­date Ge­orge Butt Jr.

The Compass - - OPINION -

At­ten­tion tax­pay­ers of Car­bon­ear. A cou­ple of months ago, the cit­i­zens went to the polling sta­tions to elect a mayor and coun­cil­lors. At that time, Sam Slade won the vote for mayor. Shortly af­ter that, Sam Slade re­signed and Ge­orge Butt Jr. be­came act­ing mayor, only to be sideswiped by ( fel­low coun­cil­lors) Ed Goff, Ray Noel and David Kennedy.

In my opin­ion, these three coun­cil­lors took their di­rec­tion from (an­other may­oral can­di­date), Ches Ash, to call an elec­tion for mayor.

This elec­tion is a to­tal waste of tax­pay­ers’ money. I think to the tune of $8,000.

One has to un­der­stand the town is al­ways in the red, so the tax­pay­ers have to bor­row this money for a may­oral elec­tion. Also, 72 per cent of taxes paid to the town are paid by se­niors 65 years and over. We as tax­pay­ers have to pay in­ter­est on this bor­rowed money. Money we do not have.

The de­ci­sion made by these three coun­cil­lors — Goff, Noel and Kennedy — was ill-con­ceived.

In my opin­ion, the three coun­cil­lors men­tioned wanted this elec­tion be­cause they wanted Ches Ash to be mayor. This will not hap­pen this time around.

It was men­tioned in The Com­pass that the mayor should have the ex­pe­ri­ence to be an am­bas­sador for the town.

As a mem­ber of the Lions Club, Ge­orge Butt has been an am­bas­sador for the town of Car­bon­ear for over 40 years. He has met with may­ors, prime min­is­ters and pre­miers from all over the coun­try, en­gag­ing in con­ver­sa­tions per­tain­ing to the good work done by the Lions Club in Car­bon­ear.

One had to un­der­stand — it was never men­tioned by Goff, Noel and Kennedy — that Ge­orge Butt played a piv­otal role in ob­tain­ing $50,000 from the Car­bon­ear Lions Club to give to the tax­pay­ers of Car­bon­ear for a skate board rink for the youth of our town and sur­round­ing area.

Nei­ther did Goff, Noel, Kennedy or Ash men­tion that Ge­orge Butt played a piv­otal role af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­quest from an or­ga­ni­za­tion in Car­bon­ear to the Lions Club for a do­na­tion so as the non-so-for­tu­nate peo­ple could have a Christ­mas din­ner in the Town of Car­bon­ear.

If one can’t call that an am­bas­sador, I re­ally don’t know what you could call it.

I will ad­mit that all the mem­bers of the Lions Club in Car­bon­ear were in favour of the above men­tioned, in­clud­ing my­self.

I don’t think Ge­orge Butt likes to be in the lime­light. But I know that he does a con­sid­er­able amount of work be­hind the scenes for the Town of Car­bon­ear.

— Thomas Reynolds writes from Car­bon­ear

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