Is St. Albert exceptional? – by Animo
Not at all. Politics aside, listening to the complaints about anything and everything makes me think that this is a city known for flapping its mouth muscles.
The latest is on dog stool. It was obviously a slow day for one of the local papers floundering to find material to write an editorial on. With no one writing in to fill the space for this particular sad rag’s edition, they decided to write on dog excrement hoping it would get reader reaction. Well, they did get one reader’s view. This wasn’t enough for this particular paper. They quickly grabbed three brief online reactions to this reader’s thought out opinion. Those three reactions were then quickly used to fill space for the next edition. Do we know if those opinions came from the paper itself? We don’t. But it did fill space, didn’t it?
Aside from the feeble attempt to get a public outcry on this issue, whatever happened to people acting instead of complaining and willing to pay out $54,000 dollars on a sheet patrol. That’s serious money for a pile of faeces. More taxpayers’ money down the drain. Why not either tell the owner to pick up after their dog or offer him a bag or pick it up yourself. Of course if you’re of the mind set that it’s not your job, then sure, complain. Complain lots so that our taxes can continue to rise and the local nanny government can butt your hard earned pay check some more.
This is just the most recent example. Others include people complaining about snow removal. Have they actually talked with the “perpetrators”? Have they offered to help? There may be an unlimited number of reasons why a particular walk has not been shovelled to a complainer’s satisfaction. Quit the complaining and at least do the smallest neighbourly deed. Talk.
If we don’t talk to one another and continue to flap our mouths to third parties, it’s a given that it will cost us. There are individuals in this community that are stretched to the limit. Not that the nanny cares as it penalizes where it can to get more revenue for more special interest groups and projects. One way to curb that is to talk with one another, work together and eliminate our ever increasing cost and dependency on government.
It’s time to get the negativity out of this city. It’s time to find ways to downsize local government’s appetite for our hard-earned cash. It’s time we actually start talking and listening to each other again instead of through a third party. And as offensive as some may find it, it’s time to grow a spine and be adults again.