Letter to the Editor: In recent weeks, it seems to me that The Spectator
has gone a little too far in trying to find
hidden agendas or potential scandals at Hamilton City Hall, instead
of focusing more on helping solve the issues facing our
For example, much of Wednesday's front-page article on the mayor's
"secret meeting" mused about improperly "doing city business," while making
very little mention of the need for greater communication between
city politicians, staff, and the public.
I agree that city business should not be done behind
closed doors, and that citizens should be kept better informed
of issues -- for example, the costs of severance packages
for managers. However, The Spectator's sometimes sensational reporting of these
topics may do more harm than good in that it
scares off those who may want to improve disclosure.
Certainly the major concern at City Hall is the growing
inability of councillors to make timely and important decisions. In
the past month, council has been indecisive and laggard with
regard to policies on garbage collection, smoking bylaws, and golf
courses, even though they have been handed well-researched and reasonable
(albeit controversial) proposals.
After doing a fine job with a difficult budget process,
our councillors are now adrift and uncertain, and seem to
be spending a lot of time pondering: "How will this
look in the paper?"
Let's get behind councillors and insist they start taking leadership
again, and not let them get away with endless discussion
of frivolous issues. Source.