Cornwall Ontario – CFN has over 1 million human pageviews monthly. It’s been that way for a awhile, but what quite a few people, and sadly many in the political and business realms locally, don’t get is that whether they like this newspaper, its publisher, or writers, and content is that the majority of the public read it.
Running for public office isn’t easy. But ultimately what you’re doing is asking your community to trust you in running the corporation that serves all of us.
Does it make any sense to elect anyone with narrow special interests or even worse, that is there to just be a yes person or serve their masters like say…a David Murphy?
True it’s far too common, but at election time we have a chance to mull over what each candidate offers. Most of us know nary about the candidates because they simply haven’t advertised, sent out releases, contacted all the media, or pushed their platforms out where most of us can see them.
This election will be a dark stain on an already darkly stained tapestry that is the history of Cornwall Ontario. It’s ugly. How many nomination papers did cliquesters like Chris Munro sign?
We have three candidates that at least morally shouldn’t be running as their salaries are paid for by you and I already. That’s an ugly optic.
We have candidates that say raising taxes is a good. It never is. In most communities they’d be run out of town for saying that and for such stupidity as the city had to raise taxes because of MPAC adjustments when that is simply ghastly bad leadership and even worse city management.
We have candidates that have been on councils during the last 12 years who essentially are responsible for the city’s condition. They clearly haven’t shown that they have solutions. Some may have sat in silence while others ruled the day, but did they tell us how they really felt? Some have told this writer how frustrated it’s been at times, but it’s the public that needs to know this.
We have a goose toilet for a waterfront and our taxes are about a third higher than Ottawa. Can we afford 7 percent single year increases? Is our goal to drive out business and people so Sean Adams Asian clients can buy up Cornwall on the cheap? We just saw Cornwall Square sold at a big loss.
Our current joke of a mayor recently stated that taxes could be going up 7 percent next year. Think about that? Is it because we’re getting more services? Or is it because he and the current members of council have allowed management under Maureen Adams to run amok and seemingly unchecked with costly CUPE strikes that never should have occurred, conspiratorially boycotting this newspaper, recently spending approximately $25,000 in city legal fees to win a $700 lawsuit which looks like it’s heading to appeal and even more corrupt, having a personal judgement in the name of the mayor and two councilors taken up by the city at a cost greater than the value of the judgement.
And it’s not just this newspaper. There have been multiple reports of candidates simply not responding to other media and groups regarding questions. While those may be lost opportunities for the candidates, it clearly shows a lack of merit for achieving office.
No, when we type the headline we did for this piece it’s not the piddly $100 for an ad; it’s the respect for you reading this, and we know you read this by our numbers. It’s about respect for the community and its a clear sign that if elected these people simply won’t be working for US.
And if candidates are afraid or refuse to deal with we, the public, which includes most of you reading and yours truly, they are simply not worthy of serving us.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? You and Jules can post your comments below.