LETTER: Make your voices heard

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Editor: I’ve been thinking – not always a good idea – does the grey generation matter?

I believe we do.

A shoulda, woulda, coulda attitude gets us absolutely nothing. If we want change, we need to be vocal and hold our elected officials accountable.

What should we expect of our representatives? Is it to only read agendas and attend meetings without listening or responding to the issues their taxpayers are concerned about? Do we expect them to make decisions without consultation? Should we just be apathetic? Should we say nothing and just live by the old saying, “You can’t fight city hall?” I think not.

We need to hold them and all people employed by our tax dollars accountable. Whether it be administration, the mayor, a councillor or a police officer, we need to hold them accountable. We need to remind them who pays their wages. It seems they forget who does far too often.

I have tried being politically correct and polite; it doesn’t work well for me. I prefer to be honest and not sugar coat or sweep things under the rug.

We have a lot of issues in C-K and it is time we, the taxpayers, made our concerns known. Whether it be calling out dumb decisions like building a new section of the Talbot Trail instead of simply fixing the spots required or continually ignoring the homeless issue and not remembering others affected such as homeowners and people wanting to walk safely downtown without being hit by a bicycle or approached by strangers yelling obscenities or asking for money.

I am but one person, but I care. Let your opinions be heard. Don’t let fear keep you from voicing your concerns. Maybe we need to protest like in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The grey matter.

 

Lynn O’Brien

Chatham 

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