"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 29 October 2013

It's an Oxymoron

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The Argument is Not Going Away Any Time Soon":

Colour me cynical
I have seen ads for people who might want to serve on the Board of the Centre
That makes me wonder if they are cleaning house before the next election
Fielding a few candidates
It also would ensure that any promises made in the last few years are no longer valid because " This is a new board 


It's another piece of the argument. Board members are volunteers. Well meaning individuals who put their names  forward because they were invited to do so.

A Board that operates a facility successfully has status and  the satisfaction of a job well done, recognized  and appreciated by the  wider community.

My impression is there has been substantial turnover  since the board was initially created.

They were not a part of the skullduggery.

The agreement was signed before they came on board.

Some  members jumped in with both feet  and  cheerfully joined the tumult.

 Centre staff  applied for and accepted the  positions.  They gave up jobs ..

The new agreement  specifically does not recognize them as town employees.

Some  past board members didn't have the sense to stay  clear of the politics.

One I knew for several years, introduced himself to me at the official opening as if I had lost my wits
and needed to be reminded who he was.

It was comical actually. I looked twice at him  to determine if he  had it all together.

Board  members  are not my target. Staff particularly are  not party to the dispute.

The fact remains ------ taxpayers are not well served  by  a Culture Centre managed by an 
independent Board completely  dependent on public funding. 


Anonymous said...

Either you or me has a bad memory -- you at the official opening! You who said you would never set foot in the door? How long can you keep the Cultural Centre discussion going for 2013? I think I read the same worn out stuff in 2012.

Anonymous said...

The Centre clearly suffers from delusions of grandeur. They think they should be accorded the respect given to Stratford without having earned it through hard work and tough times.
That being said, if our Council is gullible enough to continue to cater to their whims, there isn't much we can do to stop them.
It is a pity when a glance at the town books shows the true state of Aurora finances.
If Aurora cannot contain tax rates during this period when revenue is tailing off, there is no excuse for doling out money to an entitled few.
Have a great Hallowe'en.

Anonymous said...

I remember when Tracey Smith was on the Centre Board. He angrily protested that Aurora was not paying him. That was technically correct. Aurora was just providing housing and funding to the Board on which he sat. What he did with that largesse was beyond the control of any elected individuals. There was no accountability.
Still isn't any accountability. Forget about transparency.