Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Reading this week's Pass Herald I see some really disturbing news - a Fait accompli - the closure of Atlas Road on August 13, 2012.
Reading the story (not available on-line) obvious questions and concerns come to mind because of how important this road is to our community both economically and recreationally.
The first being, where was our Mayor and Council on this issue? Does our Mayor have no clout? Would this have happened under former Mayor Irwin? I don't think so! And it definitely wouldn't have happened under my watch!! Apparently the decision was made prior to June 22 (a day after our Town Hall Meeting) yet Mayor and Council made no mention of this to us? Did Mayor and Council consult with our new MLA Pat Stier to lobby on our behalf? If not, why not? Why the rush to decommission and close this road in only a matter of 3-4 weeks (Aug. 13)? After raping and pillaging our land for decades where does Spray Lakes get off just walking away leaving us with diddly-squat in the process? So many questions and no answers?
Our community, it seems, is dying a slow death by attrition due to a lack of vision, intestinal fortitude, and leadership. Or is it by design? Like the arbitrary cancellation of Thunder in the Valley.
It seems our municipally elected representatives are doing everything possible to kill any hope of encouraging and promoting tourism as a viable economic engine for this area.
How much more can residents here take before "enough is enough"?
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.