"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

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The End My Friend

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Answers":

"The traditional colour of green used for parks trucks is a no-brainer and a non-issue as far as I am concerned."

This is where you are wrong (again). The "traditional" green issue came from the long-since retired former staffer who felt that his legacy was being lost, so he wrote the editors, wrote the council and Ms Buck, always looking for a fight, took up the challenge.

Had he not said anything, no one would have cared and the time spent by staff to write those reports would have been saved to do other more meaningful work.

I am a firm believer that Police cars should be yellow. Can you please take up my cause and get the Region to go to yellow police cars? 


This will be the last of the yes you did,no I didn't, back and forth , scratching and clawing , hissing an spitting, pointless yowling.
If you think police cars should be yellow, you go to bat for it.
It will better occupy your time, entertain you just as well and clear the books at this end.

1 comment:

Tim the Enchanter said...


This post doesn't really correspond to yours but is actually in response to a report in the Auroran.

What price heritage?

I wondered exactly how, other than being on the other side of the street, is the Southeast Old Aurora Heritage Conservation District different from the Northeast Aurora Heritage Conservation District.

A small bedroom community with a few older properties has to be DIVIDED into heritage districts?
What - like we're London or New York?

Then the coin dropped when I saw the idea of tax relief being floated.

"I'm Special and I live in a Special neighbourhood and as such I expect I should pay Special lower taxes than the rest of you"

As if.

It's time to end this insidious "Special Aurora within Aurora" nonsense.

"We're all Aurorans, but some are more Auroran than others"?

Sure, designated and otherwise officially recognized Heritage properties are important.
They should be preserved and maintained and it is often very expensive to do so.

But if you purchase a heritage property or apply for heritage designation that responsibility goes with the deal.
Love of, and dedication to preserving Heritage are fine but it also takes cash.

Can't afford the upkeep?
Then go get something you can afford - maybe a condo.

Having said that there may be larger scale heritage projects that the Town may wish to engage in.
We already have a Heritage Advisory Committee to look after this.
The "we're Special, we want money" crap has to stop.

It's shamelessly elitist and embarrassing.

And by the way,

Before Aurora's SIGs figure out a way to turn that $33M nest egg in to the world's tallest free standing farmers market (and Artisan Fair) here's an idea to consider.

Leave the $33M as an investment.
Only spend the annual proceeds - less 10% that gets reinvested to keep the principal growing.
That should yield a few hundred thousand each year of NON-BUDGET dollars for the SIGs to fight over.
Fill out an application.
One-time expenditures only (no ongoing commitments)
Money has to stay in Aurora.
This year's recipients go to the bottom of next year's pile.

Best part is that none of the spending is a hit on the tax rate.
So waste it, burn it or blow it - makes no difference.
When it's gone - it's gone - until next year.