Democratic ignorance

Dear Editor:

Penticton City Council has made reference to a master plan for future recreational property management or development and they have hired a consulting firm to do a feasibility study of same.

They are now asking for input with various queries and ideas from their employer — we the taxpayers.

Finally! What? Am I reading things right?

The benevolent dictators are asking us for assistance.

Whoa, hold me back — I must be dreaming!

What about present park and recreational development? No comment here from the city pundits.

The major premise here seems to reek of hypocrisy.

The City acted unilaterally on the Skaha Lake Park space reallocation without consultation and felt justified in doing so.

Now Council has the unmitigated gall to ask for input as to future parkland use and development.

What’s wrong with this picture? To figure that out does not require a degree in rocket science engineering. Patronage of the lowest order or what?

Further to this, if you have looked at the online gobbledy-gook informational survey, you will very quickly see that the whole thing is about as clear as Mississippi mud.

A grade school child, in all probability, could have done it better and more economically, too!

City Council in essence, has taken a page from Dickens and Oliver Twist where the famous line comes out: “Please sir, I want some more!”

In light of all of this, it behooves all park lovers in the city to continue “the good fight,” if you will and to ultimately get a clear message through to the “powers that be,” that “we are not going away anytime soon” and that “we’re right; you’re wrong and we ain’t quittin’!”

Ron Barillaro

Penticton