LETTERS: Individual accountability

Editor:

Re: Voting together at our expense, Aug. 14 letters.

Editor:

Re: Voting together at our expense, Aug. 14 letters.

I want to thank Margaret Woods for her letter published in PAN.

I have wondered why a two square miles of land that composes the City of White Rock needs a coalition government?

I ask, what is a coalition?

My Oxford dictionary states: an alliance for combined action, especially for a temporary alliance for political parties forming a government or of states.

From this meaning of the word , what crushing matters required this temporary alliance? Is it temporary?

To me it means “I’ll scratch your back while you scratch mine.” It also means no one individual councillor takes responsibility for what they really think and stand for. They don’t want us to know their beliefs and where they really stand.

To me it means and results in what I believe Margaret Thatcher might have called “fuzzy-headed thinking.”

No matter your beliefs, the results are that we do not know who is really ruling us. Should we be paying those who are afraid to take the public position that they were paid to do?

It also raises the question of the basic intentions of those running. Is it for service to their community or general personal enrichment?

Also, we have a mayor who seems to indicate he had no plans when he cleared the trees on the hump (We should have had bluff plan: Baldwin, June 3).

As far as I know, he never indicated – or I have never heard – how many people demanded the White Rock Farmers’ Market start later each Sunday (Frustration over market start time, Jan. 29; Market disputes mayor’s ‘complaints’, Feb. 3).

How does one confirm the complaints? Are they in writing? Who complained? The farmers market was in business long before the surrounding building and apartments were even built. It appears an ultimately small group have inconvenienced a large number of business people and indeed, most of the city residents and some visitors from the surrounding area.

How and why would that happen?

Elizabeth Millar, White Rock