Opinion

HAVE YOUR SAY: August 21

As to the question, “Who is responsible for the roads in Cumberland?” Everyone who lives in Cumberland, who pays taxes. When the taxpaying citizens will not or cannot pay more in property taxes, council and staff have to work within the budget.   So if you want “better” roads you will have to be prepared to pay for them.  If you don’t live in Cumberland and don’t like the side roads, I’d suggest you stay on Dunsmuir Avenue. The street has a great paving job! One could look at the “disaster” side roads as an environmental method of reducing speed. Personally I like them, it gives the area “character.”

To the person complaining about the Town of Courtenay watering the plants along Cliffe Avenue,  I vote for continued watering! The shrubs and flowers will die if they aren’t watered.  That would be a waste of money and effort, after all the work people did, planting them.  All those flowers and shrubs look wonderful and give, what would be just another industrial looking road, a friendly and pleasant environment. Those plants and flowers absorb carbon dioxide and act as an air filter. If you are concerned about water consumption, turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, and reduce the amount of new houses going up in the Comox Valley and start reducing the current population until the infrastructure catches up to the growing population.

Bouquets of sweet-smelling asphalt from a Cumberland taxpayer to Mountain Valley Paving, Jean Cameron and Cresslynn Fey for stepping up to arrange repairs to 3rd St.  Seems like the new road surfacing wasn’t quite up to the pressure of the spectacular bike tricks at the recent Cumberland Motorcycle Roundup. Thank you!

To the reader who suggested the city stop watering plants and shrubs along Cliffe Ave. I have seen those plants hand watered by city workers. The city does not retract us from watering in this matter. I know of Rotarians who volunteered to do the planting. What of their efforts? Would they plant next year if they knew the city would let their efforts wither away? Finally, without those colourful flowers and vibrant shrubs to soften and beautify Cliffe Ave we would be left with a dreary stretch of strip malls and concrete. And that’s not the impression we want to give visitors, is it?

Congratulations to Robert Ash & Assoc. for hiring great employees and keeping excellent apartment buildings. When we first moved into our building 14 years ago, it was a depressing place. Then Robert Ash bought the building and transformed it into a place to be proud to call home. We have found the manager to be courteous and professional in all our interactions and responsive to our needs and requests in a timely fashion. I wish I had a son just like him.

Does anyone know why the hospital is being built on such a small piece of land? Common sense would indicate that space will be needed for expansion not to mention parking. How come this project is moving forward despite the obvious lack of foresight? When something doesn’t make sense and yet it continues full bore ahead, it’s usually a good time to stop and ask yourself who is turning profit. Why wait for the future and shrug it off as hindsight. It’s not too late. What about the 50 acres on Memorial Parkway? There must be a better, larger location available. If the project does go forward and there are issues with lack of space who will be held accountable, and how? Will this person cover the expense of another relocation of the hospital?

Many of the stores and shops here seem to shut down early. Retail shops, repair shops, feed stores and most banks. Many restaurants close or close their kitchen at 9 p.m. It seems only big corporate stores stay open later. Even entertainment at the Filbert Festival closed early. When I first moved here I thought the problem was because it got dark early but I see the same thing during the summer. How is a person supposed to work 9 to 5 and get to the entertainment events or shops before 5-5:30? Should you really have to spend every day off doing your shopping and errands? This town becomes pretty dead and boring too early in the evening. Maybe that’s why there are so many people at the bars and nightclubs. Maybe that’s why this Valley’s youth struggle so hard with drug and alcohol problems.

 

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