Don’t let pes­simism rear its ugly head

RE: Don’t let LRT de­rail city’s re­nais­sance (May 10)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Please don’t let Hamil­ton’s in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex and pes­simistic way of think­ing rear its ugly head again af­ter Bob Bratina’s ridicu­lous com­ments. I can’t be­lieve a for­mer Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor and mayor and a cur­rent Lib­eral MP would have such neg­a­tive think­ing.

He thinks Hamil­ton can only han­dle one ma­jor project at a time! Is the al­ter­na­tive to just stag­nate?

Here is an­other way of think­ing: The con­struc­tion crew projects he men­tions are baby steps on the way to won­der­ful growth. The LRT project is a ma­jor leap to im­prov­ing fu­ture tran­sit and eco­nomics for the en­tire city while be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble. Iron­i­cally, the projects he men­tions such as the McMaster build­ing, the Fed­eral build­ing, Bella Tow­ers, Home­wood and Stay­bridge ho­tels all put a strain on the ex­ist­ing tran­sit sys­tem. LRT will also ad­dress some of the in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems that he men­tions.

His en­tire point of view en­cases the fears and mis­un­der­stand­ing of LRT ben­e­fits while un­der­es­ti­mat­ing our won­der­ful city. JB Slote, Hamil­ton


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