Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...Amalgamation only looks fine on paper
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 10 Mar 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, I'm responding to Mr. Morrow's Feb. 22 letter in which he posed the question of Halton possibly becoming a single tired government/city by amalgamating the municipalities of Halton Hill, Oakville, Burlington and Milton. The idea might look fine on glossy financial paper, but in reality, it's very much more of a nightmare as clearly demonstrated by the growing degree of public discontent shown by those that have been FORCED to amalgamate under the guise of "glossy" projected financial savings. Democracy is not about projected financial savings, it's more to do about effective, not long-distance citizen representation, nothing less. Every group of communities that have been FORCED to amalgamate is now fighting to be de-amalgamated. There must be some testedtruth in this unfolding reality. Factual conclusions about amalgamation speak for themselves. It appears that a few might win, but in reality the citizens actually lose because they lose their hands-on local representation, have increased taxes and have a dramatic loss of usable services. If there is a winner, it's clearly not the citizens. I'd suggest to Independent & Free Press readers to speak to those who are fighting for de-amalgamation and not just listen to those pushing for it. As this paper's name suggests, being independent is better than being amalgamated. Bob Beyette Campbellville, in the Region of Halton

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...Amalgamation only looks fine on paper