Sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties threat­ened

RE: Amal­ga­ma­tion crit­i­cism not con­struc­tive (April 27)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

The au­thor of this let­ter claims that we should stop try­ing to undo his­tory and sup­port amal­ga­ma­tion which was im­posed on us a mere 16 years ago.

What pro­po­nents of amal­ga­ma­tion fail to re­al­ize is that they are the ones un­do­ing his­tory. An­caster was founded in 1793 and Dundas in 1814. Hamil­ton was in­cor­po­rated in 1846. These towns pre-date Hamil­ton as an en­tity and will be to­tally elim­i­nated if wards by equal pop­u­la­tion are im­ple­mented.

The let­ter also says: “An­caster does ben­e­fit from in­clu­sion in Hamil­ton” with­out pro­vid­ing one ex­am­ple. I have a few: Higher taxes, less ser­vices and end­less squab­bles like the sta­dium de­bate, Red Hill Ex­press­way and now LRT.

He sug­gests that we should use our en­ergy to im­prove our sit­u­a­tion. I agree, and de-amal­ga­ma­tion would do just that. Carl Fi­amelli. An­caster

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