No it’s not another “not so viral” video (although it could be coming soon). This is an “Average guy on the street” bit of commentary:
I am not as in tune with local town politics as I would like to be. I have attended a couple of council meetings of late but life keeps on getting in the way Monday nights.
Firstly before I get into this blog, I must state that I am in 100% aggreement of a gaming facility coming to Collingwood and in my humble opinion the bigger the better.
So now we have got that out of the way, something has been puzzling me of late and I would like the mechanics of it explained to me.
This council voted 5 – 4 against a gaming facility back at the beginning of November. I remember thinking “What a completely missed opportunity”. A few of my friends and acquaintances grumbled about small town mentality getting in the way of progress. Then we all went back to our day to day business and planning for Christmas.
I was quite amazed a couple of weeks ago, when like Lazarus this issue has risen from the dead and is on the council table again.
How did this happen? (I seriously would like to know actually). Although myself being on the yes side for casinos. The appearance of this to average citizen, is that within town council there is an element that will keep bringing this back to the table until they get the result that they want. I commented a few days ago on Mariane McLean’s blog http://mcleodsmusingswithmarianemcleod.blogspot.ca/2013/02/modest-proposals.html#comment-form on this very subject and being a bit flip I called her and Berman a couple of “Nanny Stater’s” and bring on the casino’s. As with most of the stuff I do, I went in with both feet first and ended up with one firmly stuck in my pie hole. Berman replied to my comment and I quote” “Never said I was against a Casino “Nobody”. I just want all of the information, and a proper, transparent process”. After some sober second thought (I do a lot of that). My two blogging colleagues are correct.
A proper transparent process is lacking in a lot of what this current town council does these days. But as the old cliché goes “If at first you don’t succeed try, try, try try and try again”, until you get the result you want. Any one would think someone had something to gain out of all this “trying” – Nah never, that would be a conflict of interest!!!