Ageism and dis­dain for democ­racy

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Opinion -

RE: NEW RE­GIONAL COUN­CIL­LORS MULLING OVER NEXT CHAIR, NOV. 5

Why is Sandie Bel­lows be­ing so silly? Her re­marks were odd for some­one who was elected and al­legedly rep­re­sents the peo­ple of Ni­a­gara.

She said she was an­noyed by an email cam­paign in sup­port of Jim Bradley be­ing made re­gional chair.

“It’s not Jim's do­ing, but peo­ple who sup­port him,” she said. “I’m get­ting mes­sages ev­ery day. I don’t like it.”

Peo­ple get­ting to­gether to lobby for an out­come is part of democ­racy and oc­curs ev­ery day. If Bel­lows finds peo­ple ex­press­ing their point of view to her “an­noy­ing” then per­haps she can pub­lish guide­lines for those views she will con­sider and for those that will an­noy her and which would be un­wor­thy of her at­ten­tion.

As for want­ing some­one younger, I as­sume she means younger than Mr. Bradley. Is this ageism or anti-Bradley­ism? If she is against those above a cer­tain age, she should also an­nounce what that age is.

Age does not de­ter­mine com­pe­tence. Ms. Bel­lows’ age shows that peo­ple born that year can say ridicu­lous things that show a dis­dain of our democ­racy.

Barry Wil­son

St Catharines

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