Opinion

HAVE YOUR SAY: Comox compost collection another 'bright idea'

A big beef to the Town of Comox for its decision to implement a curbside compost collection plan. Yet another “bright idea” imposed with little discussion or debate, that we’re all going to have to pay for. While initiatives like this one have been undertaken in other jurisdictions, with varying levels of success and participation, it is the imposition of a $1.25 additional charge that is most galling. Admittedly, the new charge on its own is not particularly significant; however as part of the general trend it does again increase the overall cost of living for the beleaguered Comox taxpayer. Unlike politicians, most people cannot vote themselves a pay raise and many Comox citizens are living on a fixed income or pension. The incremental “piling on” of a fee here, a tax increase there, has an overall detrimental effect on the population, especially in these challenging financial times. Comox council should seriously consider the financial impact their pet projects will have on citizens before moving ahead. The desire to proceed with projects, even those sacrosanct “green” projects, must be tempered with common sense and the realization that taxpayers’ money and patience is not infinite.

Many thanks to the people who booked Valentine surprise singouts. You enabled the forbidden Plateau Barbershop group to raise mover than $1,700 for the Comox Valley Prostate Cancer support Group. Thanks also to Safeway’s floral department and to the Comox Valley Record for the media coverage prior to Valentine’s Fay.

Celtfest Vancouver Island gives a big thank you to Rick Gaiga and the Quality Foods team in Comox, which donated the lovely poinsettias for the Barra MacNeils' Christmas concert, and to the Comox Valley Celtic club, which worked so hard co-hosting this beautiful concert.

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