"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Never The Way It Seems

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "It Seems Limbo Is The Answer":

I never thought to be arguing in favour of the Jazz Gang. But if we charge them for the use of that park, we can't we simply charge the Center for their use of the Church Street building? What is fit for one should apply to the other. More so in the case of the Center as they have to bring in the Museum. Can't have a 2-tier system of rules. Last time I checked, Council set the rules. Make them equable


We do not charge for  use of the park We charge for use of the bandstand.

 Despite that they do  not pay to use the park andtherefore have no jurisdiction over the park, , we allow them to erect a chain link fence and  keep people out who own  the park ,  unless they pay  a fee to enter  their own  park .

We allow the bandstand  fee  payers  to rent space to vendors in the park. Spac they themselve have not paid for.

We have given them money as well on the pretext  local business benefits from the activity. 

When the phrase "arms length  authority" is employed,  the above  is  an example of  "political interference" envisioned. that makes a business like operation unachievable.

 For the politician ,it is a down-payment on future support in  the inevitable  election.

Council  adopts a policy that users will pay a fee for costs of  facility operation.

In so doing,, the community is assured everyone is being treated fairly. Most people don't have time to pay attention. The assurance is nothing more than should be expected . So they accept it. Most would never think of asking  to be exempted from fees, simply on the understanding of fairness. . 

But  there are some  who have no compunction. For example, a fund-raising organisation for a hospital or a charity. They might raise upwards of a hundred thousand dollarsand  yet they  believe, in the personal triumph  of a big   figure, it justifies a request for waiver of  a couple of hundred dollar user fee. .

And because they don't. recognise the anomally,  politicians  choose to  see it either.  Or if they do they don't have  the intestinal fortitude to say no.

They fear being accused of being unsympathetic to the cause. In fact, they will go as far as to say the good works of charity is "what it's all about".

In  the last term, people were encouraged to come to Council  with  outrageous demands.

Like  a couple  who wanted  newly installed baseball lights removed because they could see the poles from their dining room window when the leaves were off the trees.

We were  prepared  to do it too. A.s an alternative,  we were willing to plant  mature evergreens to obscure the view of the poles in the winter.

The property was for sale. It had  been re-designated to a  higher value land use  than the single family residential it occupied.

I don't believe the trees were  planted after all but we wereready to do it.

It was a  climate of  irrational entitlement with the underlying benefit always to the politicians.

No matter how shallow or feeble, they could always find a righteous reason for a  ridiculous decision and take their chances the  general population were not paying attention.

That was a miscalculaton.

But they did their best to change that as well. 


Anonymous said...

Playing catch-up here. Reading all the comments. Can this be right? Council does NOT support the Food Bank because it is a charity, but Council DOES support the Center which is a charity. It is May, not a good time for Food Banks, and we are still dealing with the Center? Are we collectively nuts?

Anonymous said...

No Anonymous 5/5 - 5:58 (couldn't you post this 3 minutes earlier?).

Council does not suport the Food Bank because it is not part of council's mandate! Town councils are not bankers for every charity that opens up shop.

Council does support the Ceter because 1. they have a contractual obligation (not well liked but still...) 2. It is in a Town owned building 3. It's part of municipal councils' baliwick.

You might call it nuts, but give those nuts to the food bank.