Mr. Stevens should have done his home­work a lit­tle bet­ter

Waterloo Region Record - - Insight -

Re: Think­ing Ford? Cast your mind back to Walk­er­ton — May 14

Ge­of­frey Stevens con­ve­niently for­gets that the real prob­lem in the Walk­er­ton wa­ter cri­sis was with the two em­ploy­ees of the town — broth­ers Stan and Frank Koebel — who pleaded guilty to not test­ing the wa­ter.

The rules and pro­ce­dures were in place, the em­ploy­ees ig­nored them. Premier Mike Har­ris, or his staff, did re­duce the num­ber of in­spec­tors, rea­son­ably think­ing that peo­ple were be­ing paid larger than av­er­age salaries, ben­e­fits and pen­sions to do their work as set out by the stan­dards of the time.

Do you need full-time in­spec­tors to mon­i­tor your em­ploy­ees work? Per­haps then we should have had in­spec­tors in­spect­ing the in­spec­tors. Per­haps we should have had in­spec­tors in­spect­ing the in­spec­tors, who were in­spect­ing the in­spec­tors. When does it end?

The time has come for us to be re­spon­si­ble in our work­place. We should al­ways strive to com­plete our tasks to the fullest of our abil­i­ties, mak­ing sure we fol­low the pro­ce­dures in place and rec­om­mend­ing changes when a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive is dis­cov­ered. Mr. Stevens should have done his home­work a lit­tle bet­ter, but then writ­ing a col­umn as­sign­ing the blame to the peo­ple who ad­mit­ted they were at fault would not be such a timely head­line.

Den­nis Yanke

Kitch­ener

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