Surrey-New West comparison apples and oranges
Re: Oh, to live in Surrey (Letters, NewsLeader, Jan. 30)
To compare the decision New West council has made in regards to the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Surrey casino issue is not comparing apples to apples. I understand no one wants high density in single-family neighbourhoods, but to say Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is the brave one is not even close to being accurate.
First of all the Elizabeth Fry Society is in our community because it was established to “provide support services to some of society’s most vulnerable populations – women, girls and children at risk of involvement, involved in or affected by the justice system.”
You can’t possibly try to compare EFry to a casino, which creates nothing but problems. To think that a casino veto is the same as putting a veto on an organization that is in our community to fill a huge need is not thinking correctly. I know no one wants it in their backyard but we do live in the city and the need for EFry is most definitely there.
The city’s decision is something that in the long run will make my city a better place to live. If you really want to fight for something, how about getting mad about all the casinos or the complimentary bus service that scoops up our seniors, making its rounds to take them to a losing proposition.
Three cheers for Dianne Watts for her stand against a casino, but for the love of Pete don’t condemn our council for making a decision which is in the long run meant to improve our city and the people living in it.