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Op-ed: $25 million hockey rink is not sustainable (by Peter Children)

Sustainability seems to be the word coming out of City Hall these days, at least according to John Skipper official reporter for Bookmeyer and Trout.  In his Monday column  John talks about what Eric said in his new year proclamation to the city.

I spoke to a few people about this and their contention was more towards sustainable jobs….something that has eluded this administration since Mr. Budweiser assumed office.  How’s it go?  “Talk is cheap, it takes money to buy whisky.”

All these people spew nine dollar words that ring hollow in the ears of the residents living here.  By now I think they know just who our mayor really is, he’s the guy who shut down the public forum as his first order of business as our leader.  Then only because of public pressure or he sobered up, the public forum was once again restored.  When the mayor of any city does away with the public platform, it is a shot across the bow that he doesn’t care to hear what you might say.

According to John, Eric said he wanted to build a foundation for the city; now he wants to build a $25 million dollar hockey rink.  John talks about “good stewardship” of the taxpayer’s money.  Who are we kidding here?  To even think about building an edifice this city cannot afford is not good stewardship, not even close.

The ensuing list is more make believe; make believe Eric had something to do with any of it. Maybe the Streetscape…maybe; the rest…no way.

When I hear the word “endurance” as it relates to Eric, the thing that first comes to mind is his capacity  to drink beer.  It is well known among those who drink with him that his endurance is far below par…and I think that says it all, about everything relating to him.


Peter Children

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