Mr. Stevens should have done his homework a little better
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.