Me thinks, this week's Pass Herald editorial by Buddy Slapak deserves the light of day, here on my blog.
Now, if only council could communicate to us, as well as Buddy has just communicated to them:
Our Town Hall Meeting
The Crowsnest Pass Town Hall Meeting held on Thursday, June 21st is now history and according to Mayor Bruce Decoux (26th issue of the Herald), council is considering having two town hall meetings in the spring and two meetings in the fall.
Our Herald reporter, Lindsay attended the meeting and commented that some of those attending expressed a lot of passion when addressing the mayor and council members.
It was her opinion the mayor and council were very professional in their responses to most of the questions directed their way.
In my opinion, I believe that there has been a lack of open communication between this council and the general public, as demonstrated by the numerous rumours that have been floating around in the Crowsnest Pass. (my emphasis)
Some members of the former council, when in office, targeted the news media in the Crowsnest Pass, convinced that the municipality was spending far too much money on advertising.
Even in todays world, a former councillor is attempting to keep the issue of advertising alive, with inflated versions of the actual costs to taxpayers.
The town hall meeting proved, in my opinion, that there is a break-down in communications between council and the general public. (my emphasis)
Perhaps the rebirth of the Crowsnest Pass Ratepayers Association, with responsible leadership, can close the gap that now appears evident between the public and council.
If the association is responsible and diligent, controversial rumors could be addressed and put to rest once and for all.
At least that's the way I see it.
Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art.