Alarmist ar­gu­ment is alarmist

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Re: Sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties threat­ened (May 5)

To undo amal­ga­ma­tion would re­quire the du­pli­ca­tion of a plethora of bu­reau­cratic en­ti­ties in each of the newly separated mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and the money to sus­tain that sim­ply doesn’t ex­ist any­more. This is one of the ways we all ben­e­fit from amal­ga­ma­tion. I would pos­tu­late that the only rea­son things look OK right now is be­cause of the tax rev­enue gen­er­ated by the hous­ing bub­ble, and when that bub­ble bursts (as bub­bles al­ways do) we’ll be right back to square one.

Fur­ther, I would like to call at­ten­tion to the “2016 Res­i­den­tial Tax Rates by Com­mu­nity” doc­u­ment pub­lished by the city of Hamilton, in which all four cat­e­gories of An­caster res­i­dences are taxed at a lower rate than Hamilton’s sin­gle cat­e­gory.

In re­sponse to the idea that An­caster and Dun­das are un­der threat of dis­so­lu­tion, this is per­haps an alarmist po­si­tion. Certainly they will not cease to ex­ist as geo­graph­i­cal and cul­tural en­ti­ties, even if their po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion is re-ex­am­ined to more ac­cu­rately re­flect pop­u­la­tion trends of the city as a whole. As for the erasure of his­tory, given that hu­mans have lived in this area for about 12,000 years (give or take), Euro­pean settlement in gen­eral is a rel­a­tively re­cent oc­cur­rence.

How­ever, if the au­thor of the pre­vi­ous let­ter is de­ter­mined to tilt with this par­tic­u­lar wind­mill, far be it for me to tell them oth­er­wise. Ni­cholas Moore, Hamilton

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