My column got cut from the paper copy last week. The editor says it is because the article was late and he didn’t have room. I think it’s because something I wrote got him in an unnecessary pickle the week before. So this week I thought I’d get him in a real pickle and say what’s on a lot of folks’ minds but nobody’s lips – at least not in public where they think folks will hear them.
1/ I read the Town is investigating ripping up the tennis courts by the public school and moving them over by the skate park. They have $120,000 in the budget to spiffy up the tennis courts this year. That’s a lot of money for a sport you can only play here for a month or two. Sure you can say more people would play tennis if there wasn’t a tree growing in the middle of the court and cobwebs on the nets, but I have never heard anyone having morning coffee at Tim Hortons say “Joe, we need us some tennis courts in this town.”
2/ Seen a fellow made a comment that we ought to have some pickle ball courts instead of tennis courts. I had to look that one up. I thought he was talking about another one of those community gardens people use as their own personal grocery store. Apparently it is a game what combines tennis, badminton and table tennis. Apparently it is a good game for kids and older folks. That might not be a bad idea, but will there be money in the budget for someone to stand around and explain the rules of this new sports sensation no one knows about.
3/ Speaking of budgets – I see Council approved paying themselves $200 a day to attend all day budget meetings and the like. Now I’m not against councillors getting paid a couple hundred bucks a day if it puts their focus on saving me a couple hundred bucks a year on my taxes, but if part of the problem is some of them are attending the meetings and some of them aren’t, I think the editor of this paper needs to be asking who is spending time on our budget each year and who isn’t. Then we can budget them into our ballot or not come the fall.
4/ I was surprised to read that a councillor only gets paid an honorarium of $1,211.93 a month. That’s $302.98 a week. Now I don’t know how many hours they work a week, but even if it’s 20, that’s $15.15 an hour. A guy or a gal could make that selling shoes in a shopping mall and not have to put up with the endless complaints and name calling politicians do. Mind you, I’m told shoe shoppers can be a mean spirited bunch.
5/ A lot of people making a big stink about the Town waving some fines Champion got before they got their stink stack lifted and working last June. A couple of Internet commenters are saying they will now be able to appeal their bylaw fines because the Champion thing sets a precedent. You could always appeal a fine and will always be able to appeal a fine. And while we are talking about fines, it is funny to me how some of the same folks complaining that a local business got their tickets squashed are the same folks think bylaw tickets are nothing but a cash cow. So is it that the tickets got squashed or is it whose tickets got squashed?