"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

Thursday 19 June 2014

Appreciation and Discord

The town is beautiful.  Though short, now is  a special time . The pale green ,lace like quality of new Spring foliage is a delight.

Trees  are everywhere planted on public and private property.

 The canopy in  new neighbourhoods  is particularly impressive.

Developers might have  have attended to creating pleasant neighbourhood ambience
but  credit is  definitely due the town.

Enjoyment  may be reaction to the long hard winter .No matter . Everywhere, the  urban forest  bespeaks  concern for the environment and appreciation  of trees in particular.

Trees  do not flourish unless planted  with care  or without ongoing care and attention.Particularly,  when planted in  restricted root space.

Development is monitored by town  park staff.

The urban forest budget does not break the bank.

There are many  reasons  to  be glad to call Aurora home.

And concern  Aurora has become a place  that only the elite can afford .

Recreation programs   and fun events are well-received and appreciated by families.  They pay for themselves and more besides

Library service is exceptional . Throngs of  adults and families  using  the facility year round certainly justify that investment .

The Oak Ridges Moraine,  ravines , seven golf courses ,several wood lots , trails and a hydro corridor all contribute to  ample open space and a natural environment accessible to all.

Situated at the height of land between two river valleys contributes to good air quality to say nothing
of  the rural splendour  that surrounds us.

A thirty minute drive  from Toronto on excellent highways, puts world-class theatres, concert halls,  museums and art galleries  to those with a taste for and  pockets sufficient to indulge  according to one's priorities.

An  international airport  provides transport to any place of choosing  the world  over.

 Muskoka Lakes, Kawartha Lakes, Sandbanks Provincial Park , United Empire Loyalist country
or  Niagara fruit-growing peninsula  connects us with our country's history and heritage.

Shaw Festival  or Stratford's Shakespeare Theatre or Mennonite country in Wellington County and the  complete wealth of our culture  are  all within  reach.

Yes Yes Yes there is much to appreciate about our chosen place of domicile.

The Town's Budget and how it comes about is not  a  celebratory feature.

Affluence in the community is referenced by officials  in consideration of  unlimited spending.

It's a definite note of  needless discord


Anonymous said...

An excellent summary. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

The last three sentences kind of spoil the lovely picture you have painted.

I suppose some reality must exist.

Anonymous said...

Seemed a nice trade-off. And it really is a lovely day. I feel sorry for the folk in Angus who are still trying to get into their homes & rescue treasure before the next rains come.