Letters to the Editor
March 5, 2004ANOTHER SHOE DROPS?
I don't know George Davidson, who represents Ward 4 in the City of
Kawartha Lakes, but I found his comments this week particularly galling.
He referred to constituents who supported last falls' vote to
deamalgamate (which passed) as "bad toothaches", and called upon sitting
councillors who supported deamalgamation to resign their seats.
shocked by Davidsons' comments, even more by the fact that "Lindsay This
Week" gave it creedance by phrasing it as a poll question. The paper
asks "Do you think by-elections should be held to decide the fate of
"yes" councillors? Let our newsroom know at 324-8600. It is stunning
that a newspaper would even entertain such a notion.
Where is the
outrage at such an attack on our democratic voting system? But democracy
was turned on its' head when the majority vote to deamalgamate was
denied by Dalton McGuinty on February 19, 2004.
I guess this gave Davidson the courage to go a step further, now demanding the resignation
of democratically elected representatives. Step 1 inevitably led to step
2, and it didn't take long, did it? There's a pretty scarey trend here.
This issue has obviously gone far beyond a referendum vote. The issue is
our form of government. Is it a democracy or a dictatorship posing as a
democracy? Davidson's views more properly reflect the voting criteria in
North Korea. If only those agreeing with a dictator are allowed to vote,
or only one name appears on the ballot, a singular public point of view
Those busily promoting their own interests here show no apparent
understanding of the long term sacrifice they make for their own short
term gain.When we can't count on politicians, Mr. McGuinty, elected
municipal representatives, Mr. Davidson, or the journalistic integrity
of the media, short term gains won't mean much in the long run. And this
is the most depressing part - I'm not at all sure I should have phrased
that in the future tense.
P. S. Sutherland