Editor re: Proposed Aquatic Centre.
Regarding a statement from a grandmother in a letter to the editor “I have watched my grandchildren flourish as wonderful swimmers and athletes”. Really? All this without a cadillac Aquatic Center, and another quote “six million, nine million, it doesn’t really matter”. Really? Individuals in Canada have too much debt already. This same grandma calls people’s “opinions arrogant and cheap”. Really? I respect your opinion as to how you wish to vote so please respect those who may, very legitimately have a very different view. After all isn’t that what voting is all about?
Another most recent letter regarding the Aquatic Centre “Doctors do not want to live or practice where there are not enough recreational facilities for them and their families”. Really? For years we had four and five doctors at one time who really liked it here and brought up their families here. Why aren’t they here now? The downgrading of the Princeton General Hospital with no more OPERATING ROOMS is the real answer. This same person also suggested “that in the very near future we should have another similar split type plebiscite on the subject of the landfill for the exclusive use of only Princeton and business residents”, Area H residents think they are doing Princeton a big favour by providing this town the small remittance the town receives, it is not worth it”. Really? I don’t think you did your homework. Did you know that the Town of Princeton pays $175,000 annually for the cost of the landfill and guess what; Area H pays $227,000 annually. I suspect Princeton wouldn’t want to give up these dollars. While we’re at facts and figures did you know that Princeton and District Arena receives $103,000 annually from Area H and $103,000 annually from the Town of Princeton? So please remember how much Area H has contributed, and, will continue to contribute. While referencing facts and figures it is interesting to note that Area H has 1,995 taxable parcels and only 1,496 in Princeton, as a result Area H will be paying a greater amount towards the Aquatic Centre.
I would like to note that I phoned the town office for the above figures but by the end of the day had not had my call returned and a little later phoned the R.D.O.S. office and was immediately given the information I requested.
Vote how you wish but do it with your head and not with emotion.
A resident and property owner of Princeton since 1946 and a property owner of Area H.