Don’t tear down builders

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - OPINION -

Be­ing a pub­lic ser­vant seems to be a thank­less job in Owen Sound. I think we should start show­ing a bit more re­spect to the peo­ple who work at city hall, lest no one with any sense (or skills) would even con­tem­plate putting their rep­u­ta­tion on the line in or­der to help run our com­mu­nity.

And it’s a risk to open a new busi­ness, es­pe­cially in [the] food ser­vice in­dus­try. We want peo­ple to in­vest in our com­mu­nity, but if out­side in­vestors see us gang­ing up on one in­vest­ment (Mud­town brew­ery), af­ter an­other (Her­itage Grove), the next group that comes along might think twice. And that would be such a shame, be­cause there is so much po­ten­tial and room for growth here.

All the time, I hear peo­ple want­ing our city to vamp up our tourism. A har­bourfront restau­rant with an on-site mi­cro­brew­ery, which has a funky menu and is in a beau­ti­ful, his­toric build­ing... straight up it’s an at­trac­tion.

Mud­town brew­ery was a dream for peo­ple hired by our mu­nic­i­pal­ity to en­cour­age lo­cal tourism. They wouldn’t be do­ing their jobs well if they didn’t try to mar­ket it as a tourist des­ti­na­tion. This busi­ness has the po­ten­tial to bring in tourists both in cars and on boats, and it’s walk­ing dis­tance to our down­town core.

And yeah, it prob­a­bly is a re­ally good fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment. If we want busi­ness­savvy peo­ple to help run our city, so long as they’re within the con­fines of the law, we can’t ex­pect them to take a poverty oath.

We live in a small city, and there are many con­nec­tions that bind us all, so­cially, po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally. I don’t think we should look to tear down those who would step up to con­trib­ute to our com­mu­nity. Not ev­ery­thing is ne­far­i­ous, and we should start to check our­selves when we get so ex­cited to think that it might be.

I don’t think we’re truly look­ing at cor­rup­tion – we’ve only been putting our on­go­ing and fu­ture prospects at risk by paint­ing that dreary pic­ture. And as a com­mu­nity, I think we should be more care­ful. We’re worth more than that.

Ta­mara Sargent Owen Sound

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