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LETTER: Focus on finding solutions
It's sad that Mr. Bos resorts to personal attacks to defend his position. It's disappointing that he makes bold statements like "the stats are there, check it out" to support his erroneous argument (number of homeless in Abbotsford compared to other cities), contradicting the results of the 2011 Homeless Count. None of these comments meaningfully contribute to the current debate.
Mr Bos has done a good job of revitalizing his properties in the ADBA. His efforts were financially supported by the taxpayers of Abbotsford. Unfortunately, he and his supporters have angered many taxpayers with these type of personal attacks and fear tactics. Many of these citizens are the very people who shop and support the ADBA businesses. Angering your customer base is not a wise long-term business strategy.
Surely there is a way all parties involved can develop strategies to ensure the ACS proposed project augments the success of the ADBA.
A good beginning: focus on finding solutions to valid concerns and eliminate derogatory comments about those holding contrary opinions.