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Letters

There's Always a Reason Why…

Editor,

There's always a reason why elected officials raise our taxes. There's a pending crisis; there's a special need; there's looming disaster. Raising taxes on taxpayers is the easiest, quickest and least contested way to add spendable dollars.  This departing Council decreed property tax increases to the tune of 60% in the last four years.  This last Council voted for a 60% tax hike!  And, there's always a reason why.

A major economic driver is being overlooked by these “Tax and Spend” representatives. Whenever THEY take money out of a wage earner's pocket in taxes, THEY take away personal spending power, causing personal sacrifice. Has anyone noticed the number of local business closures in Meaford? Please watch for vacant store fronts and listen to people talk about job loss.


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Vote Not on Geography, But on Strength of Character

Editor,

I am writing in response to Doug Miller’s letter (Voting “Rural”) of October 9 th . While Doug is a personal friend and someone for whom I have the greatest respect, as a resident of Sydenham for 24 years I heartily disagree with his premise that the way to get things done in rural Meaford is to vote only for candidates who live in rural Meaford.

This is a critical time for our municipality. We have major challenges ahead of us as we seek to protect our unique character, heritage and significant assets while at the same time encouraging growth, diversity, new technology and a new vision of what we can be. It is difficult for families, farms and other businesses to thrive here, especially in the current economic climate. Yet the potential for our combined communities is tremendous.


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Why Vote in Municipal Elections?

Editor,

The article below was taken from http://www.starhawksblog.org/ . It has been modified only slightly to speak to our local community. The American references were removed. My goal is to share the wisdom of this blogged piece not to plagiarize it.

 “We’re getting close to our October elections.  Why vote?  It is vitally important that you do, and here’s three good reasons why: the practical, the political, and the spiritual.

 Practically speaking, there is one arena where your vote absolutely makes an enormous difference—and that’s on local issues.  Granted, national politics are enough to discourage anyone from getting out of bed, let alone dragging yourself down to the polling station.  But locally, even a few votes can make a huge difference.  In the Municipality of Meaford, elections are often decided by a handful of votes.  Our Municipal Council controls vitally important decisions that impact land use, water use; issues that directly affect our lives.  Local councils can decide to run buses on biodiesel made from used restaurant grease.  Our local school board representative can work towards keeping our local high school open.


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