Proud to be a naysayer

Dear Editor:

Re: Good to see City taking initiative (Herald, July 16).

First, I would agree a park is many things and a waterslide business  back in Penticton would be terrific. I also agree that while “doing something is hard,” doing something well and smart, without costing the public hundreds of thousands of dollars  is even harder.

We, the negative people as we’ve been called, who apparently hate kids and business , ranted  long and hard to try to save our city budget.  It’s your money too! Let’s look at the Okanagan Lake Park improvement and new walkway. Was it a negative rant or a democratic input of ideas to come to a compromise?

I notice that the hockey dorm agreement that cost many tens of thousands, plus gravel to bury it, isn’t mentioned anymore.

The South Okanagan Events Centre cost taxpayers millions, for non-service, because a less-than-brilliant business contract was signed by the city.

The City says it can’t afford land for parks at today’s prices, so they plan to dig up a park and use the revenue money to buy parkland at tomorrow’s prices.

I  owned a home  in Coquitlam 40 years ago, I can’t afford to buy that  same house today.

I am giving my head a shake  in total disbelief.

How will a three-month operation, per year, pay its own debt loan, liability insurance, etc. and cure Penticton’s lack of full time, good paying jobs?

I am happy to be called a naysayer trying to make council re-think, re-consider and generally do a better, smarter job with public funds and land.

Lynn Crassweller