There can’t be two winners here

Dear Editor:

How many remember times gone by where there were competitions that you may have been involved in where there were winners and, yes, obviously losers.

Winning was everything. For the most part, losing sucked, but we endured it and carried on.

Here we are much later in life engaged in a competition of sorts. The participants are the City of Penticton and the citizen (taxpayers) of Penticton. COP is trying to ram something through and the majority of all taxpayers seem to be anti-city.

Of course, I am referring to the Trio/COP Skaha Park development plan. There is no need to rehash the issues here as much has been said already. However, looking at things carefully, who can win here, COP or the taxpayers? The real answer here is neither in actuality.

Citizens are up in arms and have laid suit to the city over the proposed Trio deal. Elected officials of COP have entered into an agreement with Trio (as we all know) without direct consultation with the taxpayers and have remained resolute in their quest to bring it to fruition. Taxpayers have launched a suit to prevent this from taking place.

There is also another suit laid by an individual which challenges the legality and feasibility of this venture by council. Though this is separate from the group taxpayer suit, it is none the less, another stumbling block for COP to deal with.

Along with these suits are concerns put forth by the Penticton Indian Band, who apparently where somewhat blind-sided in the process development.

How this will end up is anyone’s guess. If COP gets its way you might say that it wins. However, the pending lawsuits will have a bearing here. Their political futures might be in question. Looking at this objectively, if the taxpayers’ suit goes forward, it is not really a winning situation but might be considered as being a bitter-sweet win. If the suits were to go through and the COP/Trio deal halted, might be considered as sweet.

However, the bitter part is that the voluminous unspecified tax dollars spent might be considered as bitter.

Regardless of how all of this plays out, it appears that there would be no real winner, but losers, to a degree, on both sides and in more ways than one.

The jury is not yet out but when it does go, what will the verdict be? There can’t be two winners. However, there can be two losers. The real question here is “Why?”

Ron Barillaro

Penticton