Wednesday, November 14, 2012
In last week's Crowsnest Promoter Councillor Siegbert Gail wrote a letter to the editor (not available on-line) justifying his and council's actions and performance to-date, while asking for the public's understanding.
Today, Peter Rosner (who many know here as a regular commentator on this blog) responded. Here's what Peter had to say, once again, in the Crowsnest Promoter by way of a Letter to the Editor (not available on-line).
Looking for a few good men
After reading the letter from Councilor Siegbert Gail, I feel I have to respond.
First of all I will thank him for putting himself forward and running for council as he is finding out he really has gotten himself between a rock and a hard place. This is not meant to be an attack on Siegbert as I realize he is in "search of the truth." To borrow a line from the movie, A Few Good Men, "Truth? You can't handle the truth". But here it is anyway.
I previously worked at the same mine as Gail for 10 years or more and was heavily involved with the local union that represented the workforce. Also I served on the 2005 negotiating committee and attended hundreds of meetings with management during this period. No Siegbert Gail there.
So when you make the claim that in 30 years of mining you tried to change the way people thought but everyone felt it was just easier to complain, I get a little confused. Some of us were actually fighting for the men, not you.
Perhaps you are overstating your contribution a little bit. I should have realized this when I congratulated you for becoming a councilor. At the time you had no idea who I was or that I worked at the same mine as you.
In your letter you seem to put a lot of weight on what politicians in Edmonton think of this community after having conversations with them. I could give a rat's ass what they think. I am sure they all have problems in their communities - just watch the evening news.
Ours issues are minor in comparison. Where would you rather live? Quit worrying about what other communities are doing and start listening to the people here.
A few messy yards are not deterring business from locating here. If a few new people don't like it, too bad. Most of them didn't like where they came from either and won't be staying long.
When our local government has the courage to take on the big boys and get the mess cleaned up along the river and out west, then I will support the Unsightly Premises Bylaw.
You have been told, "council has lost sight and is not listening to the people" and you say, you have lost friends for standing your ground. Now ask yourself - is it your friends and the public, or is it you? How many "friends" are you going to have from this council when the dust settles?
Siegbert, I respect your willingness to get on council and to try and make a difference, but really you got there on name recognition and that will not work next time around. I think you are rubbing shoulders with the wrong people and have forgotten your roots and that's the truth.
The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.