We’re not living in Utopia
RE: City mulling free air conditioners (May 25)
Excuse me if this letter displays some cynicism but aren’t the municipal elections just a year away? And the faint sound of pandering for votes is emerging from its four-year hibernation. I’m referring to the proposition Sam Merulla has put forth: a motion to council to supply air conditioners to low-income people who due to various reasons cannot cope with the summer heat. Well, on the surface, this is very altruistic and commendable and I wish we all could live in utopia but it is not possible.
In light of all the major concerns Hamilton is facing with infrastructure priorities, social housing, sewage and waste shortfalls, and not to mention the taxes we don’t even know we’ll incur with LRT. (Did I forget hydro and cap and trade?) After the initial cost of purchasing these units who incurs the expense of maintaining them? Who pays the increased hydro cost, the landlords or taxpayers?
As I said, this is not utopia and this council needs to think prudence and address the needs not the wants.
Robert Panter, Hamilton