City needs to lis­ten

The Sudbury Star - - OPINION -

Re: “Coun­cil­lors de­fend city in fir­ing con­tro­versy,” Oct. 7.

Coun­cil­lors Deb McIn­tosh and Mike Jakubo, in their pub­lic let­ter, have not done much to un­ravel the tan­gled web sur­round­ing the fir­ing of three vol­un­teer firefighters for al­leg­ing vi­o­lat­ing a city pol­icy pro­hibit­ing neg­a­tive com­ments by em­ploy­ees.

It is our un­der­stand­ing the mat­ter is still be­fore coun­cil and a fur­ther in cam­era (pri­vate) meet­ing of coun­cil is sched­uled fol­low­ing a three-hour ses­sion that ap­par­ently did not re­solve the is­sue.

Mayor Big­ger wisely and cor­rectly did not com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion, and coun­cil­lors McIn­tosh and Jakubo should have done like­wise. This mat­ter il­lus­trates fur­ther the fail­ure of our amal­ga­mated city and the ef­forts of man­age­ment to make “one size fits all” de­ci­sions with re­spect to the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in our far-flung mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Ef­forts to hire more staff on top of the hun­dreds al­ready on pay­roll since the City of Greater Sud­bury was formed will only serve to in­crease taxes with ques­tion­able lev­els of im­proved ser­vice.

In­stead of laud­ing and de­fend­ing highly paid man­age­ment, coun­cil­lors would be bet­ter ad­vised to lis­ten to the valid con­cerns of or­di­nary staff, in­clud­ing vol­un­teers and tax­pay­ing cit­i­zens who have the best in­ter­est of our city at heart. This would in­clude con­cerns about the ex­pen­sive spe­cial in­ter­est legacy projects that will ben­e­fit rel­a­tively few, but in­crease debt and tax­a­tion for all res­i­dents. John Lind­say Sud­bury

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