Letters to the editor have readers concerned about taxes in Tillsonburg, the ongoing pipeline protests and a stem cell donor campaign.
No time for talk
Let me get this right. If I speed on Highway 401 or run a red light, I get a ticket and have to pay a fine.
On the other hand, if I block an important rail line, inconvenience many people and cause millions of dollars in damages, the cops come and talk to me?
Where are the politicians with a spine?
Concerns on budget are valid
The concerns and questions on the 2020 tax increase brought forward to Tillsonburg council are valid.
The department managers of the various departments should be competent. They’re hired for their leadership, budgeting skills and foresight for the needs versus the wants to help the town grow. By virtue of their ability, the finances of the town really rely on their skills and not the politicians’ abilities.
The politicians voting on such matters such as the budget need only to understand the general operations and the immediate needs of the town when considering the vision of the future. Most politicians are voted in for their visionary and public relations skills rather than management, budgeting or financial skills.
I worked for a municipality for many years, and council made the best decision of all when it came to the yearly budgets. They identified an acceptable percentage increase to the overall budget based on what they felt the residents portrayed to them during the election. It’s then solely up to the department managers to meet that stipulation while reviewing their department’s budget. This resulted in fewer meetings for council to pass the year’s budget. The employees filling those position were hired based on their specific skills and knowledge of the department’s operation.
Peter Bryan-Pulham, C.E.T. (ret.)
Taxes in Tillsonburg are too high
Tillsonburg is an expensive town to live in. It has averaged about a 4.2 per cent increase every year I’ve lived here since 2013.
Tillsonburg city council behaves like the old boys’ club some cities have finally outgrown. The issue of the slide at the water park is a case in point. Where is the maintenance budget? I’ve watched council on television and what a disgusting display of favouritism that was to watch.
With all the housing being built, why has our taxes increased as the base has expanded?
Tillsonburg council better get a grip on their budget controls and process or it’s going to be rough next election.
Guessing at age
I read the tyrannosaur recently found in Canada is believed to predate the T-rex by 12-million years which would make it 61-million years old.
What basis are these age estimates based?
If someone found a coin with a printed date of 1820, they would have evidence to call it 200 years old.
A guess is not proof of the true age.
Feeling the love
Regarding the online article stem cell donor drives for toddler draw hundreds: I’m an elderly man not long retired from Toronto. Sometimes, it’s hard to be brave in the world in which I have to live. And, then, sometimes, wondrous things happen, like hundreds showing up hoping to help a little girl they will never know.
It reminds me that no matter how out of sync I may be, generation-wise, there are two constants in my country with which I always will be able to connect: the basic and unbending senses of decency and duty. God bless the donors and little Savannah Hill. I plan to be at the first hockey game she plays.