Letters from Sudbury: Thoughts on Town Hall, Laurentian, While Waiting for Federal Election

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Keep public green spaces

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I would like to share my concern about the start of the property review as part of the restructuring process at Laurentian University and the CCAA.

I love and often use the LU Green Space and believe it is an integral part of Sudbury. It must be protected and conserved as a natural habitat for wildlife and plant life, as well as for recreational use and public enjoyment.

The green space and the LU trails cannot be lost on the community and I will stand with the community to conserve it.

Melissa Martell

Sudbury

New Useless Arena

First of all, Con. Michael Vagnini is to be commended for his steadfast belief that the arena must remain downtown.

Com. Geoff McCausland deserves a medal for his honesty by openly admitting he feels like he’s been lied to. I have no doubt that many Sudburians feel the same way.

Com. Joscelyne Landry-Altman cared enough about her constituents to at least ask them what they thought, with a questionnaire.

We supposedly need a new police station (the current one too small); also our fire station needs a new house. The Kingsway would be a great place for them, but they wouldn’t make a lot of money for anyone, would they?

Explain why the expropriation was never mentioned? Correct me if I’m wrong, please. Land has been expropriated in the past for projects – the Pont des Nations is one example.

The Ledo Hotel (an eyesore), the existing fire station (too small), the CPR Rail station – no longer needed for rail travelers – could be expropriated and used.

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The money saved by renovating the current arena would go a long way towards this end.

No facts have been revealed for those of us footing the bill, but we wonder what’s going on and become suspicious. Even the board doesn’t seem to have the facts to make a good decision and be able to sleep at night.

The hard work of each councilor is appreciated and I hope other citizens of this city will share their thoughts on the KED situation. Pease, spend our money wisely.

Ms. Wilma Zahavich

Sudbury

The cartoon captures it all

The NEASE cartoon in last week’s Sudbury Star is a gem.

It portrays the very possible election race that, while we certainly don’t need it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could call at any time.

In lane one, we have Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, who clearly “just isn’t ready” – an observation directed at Mr. Trudeau ahead of the last election, which turned out to be disastrously correct.

In Hall Three we have NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh who, although he has saved the Liberal’s political skin on more than one occasion, is headed in the wrong direction.

In hall four we have the leader of the Green Party, overwhelmed by the instability of the party. There does not seem to be an entry from Quebec?

And, in lane two, there’s an elated Mr. Trudeau, boldly counting down to the start and brandishing a replica gun, which the RCMP and FSESO declared banned long ago. You probably knew that, Mr. Trudeau.

Out of shame, Mr. Trudeau. What else have you “forgotten”?

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Robert paxton

Little current

The city ignores the taxpayers

Re: “Flawed city budget process, backwards”, March 28

I congratulate the author of this article. His comments are correct. People in positions of authority in this city do not care about the well-being of its citizens. They are too busy finding ways to line their pockets at the expense of taxpayers.

Seniors cannot afford to stay at home because of continued tax increases. Seniors on fixed incomes are held hostage by sun seekers who assess the city’s taxpayers.

It is time for the people to wake up, eliminate these leaders and replace them with people who will work on behalf of their citizens instead of having people whose main priority is to line their pockets.

Budgeting should include the contribution of all taxpayers since it is their money that is spent.

Election day will be an opportunity for taxpayers to make their voices heard.

Reg Ellsworth

Sudbury

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