Opinion

Amalgamation belongs in ‘bone yard’

To the editor:

While in Westbank the week of Oct. 11, I read several articles in the various papers regarding the candidates running for mayor of the Westside, particularily Mayoralty Candidates to Consider by Karin Wilson (Oct. 14 Capital News This Week on the Westside.)

Boy, is she dead on! The amalamation issue should be dead, and anyone bringing it up is just tinkering with the healing process for their own gain.

Give Rosalind Neis an A for smarts! She has cleverly gambled that if the Civic Election turnout is as light as the Referendum vote (and it traditionally is) she just has to get most of those votes on her side and she will win.

It is up to the people of the Westside to get out and vote, and if you wish to see this issue dead, as it should be, then make sure you elect another candidate with something more substantial to offer.

I am not too old to remember the annexation of communities such as Forest Lawn, Bowness and Montgomery by the City of Calgary. These areas have never progressed, and by many, are considered ghettos.

Westbank would become the poor sister of Kelowna, and it would stay that way. Make no mistake about it.

In September of 2008, my wife and I will take up residence in Westbank. If we had wanted Kelowna problems, we would have built there instead.

Let’s leave this issue in the bone yard where it belongs and vote for those with real issues.

Garth Nicholl, Calgary

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