The mayor’s repertoire of catch phrases

Dear Editor:

Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, the mayor of Penticton and city council come up with a new hair-brained scheme to waste taxpayer money, the latest being an engagement consultant.

This person will be a miracle worker indeed if he/she is able to make up for the lack of listening skills, rational thinking, and common sense on the part of this, so-called, governing body. In my estimation, city residents have certainly been engaged and expressed their opinion on a number of contentious issues over the past year or so, and it has made not one iota of difference to the eventual outcome as city council proceeds as planned in spite of massive opposition.

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. On one issue, the mayor said, in retrospect, that it had more moving parts than the council was aware of when the decision was made. Hello, this is called forward planning and risk analysis. Perhaps he can add these to his repertoire of catch-phrases that he likes to use.

It is time for this city council to get its feet firmly entrenched on terra firma, and start using some of that grey matter that they were supposedly allocated at birth. Two more years is a long time, and who knows how many more costly schemes can be implemented before, hopefully, some rational thinking prevails.

Incidentally, I understand that Coun. Max Picton does not read the local paper because it does not contain anything of relevance for them. Perhaps if they read the local paper, we would not need an engagement consultant.

Claude Bergman

Penticton