"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

Wednesday 25 September 2013

A Fool's Errand

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Starting again.":

Ya know what's worst than the grading of this property....The neighbors.

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 25 September 2013 20:10


The neighbours on Longthorpe Court are going to live side by side for a long time.

When written approval by the director   to remove the trees is received ,as required, the lot is properly graded and landscaped, the neighbors will no doubt come to-gether in mutual enjoyment of their homes.

Life is too short to do anything else.  There are no harsh words to regret.

At the same time, a great deal of unneccessary  kefuffle was created.

It has been clear from the beginning the trees could be removed by written approval by the director.

No amendment of a sub-division agreement was required therefore Council's approval was never necessary.

The trees are old  and have  been without care and attention  for at least twenty-five years.

A  neighbor's good will  is worth something ,is it not?

Trees can be replaced.

Fresh new trees  are pleasing to look at in their pale green lacy Spring  foliage .

A fresh new start  is exciting for everyone.

Growing it is  something to be shared.

No-one can be sure when a crisis might need the help of a  friend.

In  a dispute between neighbors, only fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

These neighbors were encouraged to believe they had a right where  they did not.  No favors done  there.

With  judgement , the  discord  can fade  and the neighbors will be what they  should be.

The rest of us can turn our attention  to the next element of the 80% emotional turmoil that , according to the scientists, is part of our being .

It's how we know we are alive.

But I'm warning you, never again call me a paid shill for a builder.

Rational thought and sweetness and light will vanish in the vapour.

Your anonymity  isn't that secure.


Anonymous said...

I would like to know what the kids of those neighbours feel about this nonsense,
" Like, don't we have enough trees of our own, Dad" ?

Anonymous said...

Should never have gotten to this stage in the first place. I'm getting tired of red herring & angry voices.

Anonymous said...

8:49. You’re right…It shouldn’t have…Although…it has been very interesting to see how our Councillors and Mayor have dealt with it.

Anonymous said...

Gail Collins has an article in the NYTimes entitled ' Meet Dilly and Dither " She could well be describing our Council's activities or lack of same.