Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Median supporter's letter was insulting
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 16 Aug 2006, p. 6

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Median supporter's letter was insulting

(This letter, and the one below right, were originally sent to Mayor Rick Bonnette and Town council. Copies were made available for publication.) Dear Mayor Bonnette, I am outraged by some of the comments made by David Harley in his letter to the editor in the August 9 Independent & Free Press, "Council urged to reconsider decision". Not only does he insult those who attended the public meeting by referring to them as "outside core users", I beg to differ--very strongly-- on his reasoning behind following the consultant's report regarding removal of the center median. I am not sure what the boundaries are to be considered an "inside core user" or where Mr. Harley got his information from about where exactly are those boundaries. Does it make a difference whether or not those who attended were outside or inside core users? Both my husband and myself, along with a number of our neighbours who do live within a minute's walking distance to the downtown stores, were at that meeting. Are we insiders or outsiders? The bottom line is, referring to anyone in this town as an "outside core user" insults the very foundation of our community, especially when it comes to the "inclusiveness" messages by the downtown businesses, the BIA and Town's tourism services. During the six years that I worked with tourism services, most visitors commented that they `loved' our downtown, especially for the unique quaintness of its streetscape. I am very pleased that a compromise was agreed upon. For its quaint uniqueness and many safety features I believe that retaining a center median is a very wise choice. Anne Rogers-Kaczor, Georgetown

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Median supporter's letter was insulting