Are we fear­ful and help­less?

RE: My list of 36 rea­sons LRT isn’t right for Hamil­ton (May 3)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

I read this with fas­ci­na­tion (and ex­tra time). While there are a con­cerns that seem to have va­lid­ity, many are silly and some just plain wrong (a new bridge will be re­quired to cross the Red Hill Val­ley).

In the silly cat­e­gory, among many, I would say #1 is typ­i­cal: ‘LRT will cause huge dis­rup­tion to traf­fic, busi­nesses, peo­ple etc.’ Now I ask the writer, honestly, when in the his­tory of the planet has a project of this mag­ni­tude NOT caused dis­rup­tion and con­ges­tion? It’s akin to stat­ing that things will get wet be­cause it is rain­ing.

The up­shot is, as nu­mer­ous (and du­bi­ous) as the rea­sons against LRT are, hun­dreds of other cities in the world have had these very same prob­lems to face. And yet, some­how in the en­tire uni­verse, Hamil­ton is some­how fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent? Non­sense.

My ques­tion to the writer is: Are we a fear­ful and help­less peo­ple in the face of prob­lems, or are we up to the chal­lenge and com­pe­tent enough to tackle them head on? I would hope that for­ward think­ing in­di­vid­u­als would pre­fer to be in the lat­ter cat­e­gory in what we call ‘The am­bi­tious (not fear­ful) city.’ Grant Ranalli, Hamil­ton


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