I am so glad I could make Ms. Maynard chuckle when she thought she understood my letter in response to Roger Varley’s column of February 14.
To set the record straight, I did not refer to council in regards to the downtown, but was referencing the survey the Cosmos ran for many weeks for the residents to have their say in what they would like to see downtown and the changes they think would bring more business to the downtown. And I was suggesting more action be taken on the suggestions from the residents on the surveys. Perhaps Ms. Maynard was unaware of the survey?
As for a downtown committee, that committee would have to decide how they would like to move ahead addressing the many surveys the residents so kindly took the time to fill out with their suggestions.
Is Ms. Maynard prepared to throw in the towel on any changes in our downtown?
As a matter of note, I was on council when the changes to improve the west end of the downtown were happening.
Twenty years ago I moved to Uxbridge and I was so impressed with the sense of community and camaraderie of people in the town. People I had never met were extremely friendly and went out of their way to make me feel welcome. There were community events, family events and fundraising events to help kids and the less fortunate that showed a community working together for the better good. I was proud and happy to be a part of this great place I now call home.
The Catch the Ace Lottery was a new idea and yet another opportunity for earning money for charities (Jumpstart) and the community groups that do so much for our town. And this lottery came with the twist of guessing where the Ace is hidden. It added the fun and excitement that a traditional lottery does not have.
I understand sales were slow at the beginning, but there have been people buying tickets from the beginning in support of such great causes, and they might have won a little money too. But if not, oh well. What a great cause!
This week I observed something that actually shocked me. I was at Vince’s early on Wednesday morning only to see a throng of people lined up to buy tickets for Catch the Ace. Some had been there since the wee hours of the morning (4 a.m.? Really?). I had heard about the hysteria around the Catch the Ace but had never witnessed it.
I thought that these people were there to support a worthy cause, but each and every person in that line bought 10 tickets each and the store sold out within minutes! People who had been standing in line for hours did not get tickets because everyone in front of them bought 10 tickets each. Some were couples; a husband and wife got 20 tickets. Then I saw that they were heading for their cars and commenting that they were heading over to the Legion to stand in line there to buy another 10 each when the Legion sales opened at 1 p.m.
Is this for charity? Or is it greed? If you are so motivated to support the charities involved, write a cheque and let others play too! The jackpot is over $40,000 now and people are getting aggressive in their greed for a big win. Catch the Ace has 1,000 tickets available for sale. That should mean 1,000 people can buy tickets, participate in the fun and help support some worthy causes. But if these people are buying 10 each (or more if they go to two establishments), then less than 100 people are now monopolizing a lottery that was set up for a good cause and some good fun.
People who have been buying since the beginning have been shut out for a few weeks. This is not the Uxbridge I know, where people work together for the better good. This is more “every man for him or herself.”
I understand that this is just a handful of people and not all of Uxbridge that is acting this way. I am glad that the majority of the town is still giving and motivated to promote helping others and not just themselves. But I wonder, when this lottery is won and a new one starts back at the beginning again with a smaller jackpot, will these people be there to buy their 10 tickets each? That’s when we will know for sure – is it charity? Or is it greed?
Re: “Am I Wrong?” March 14 edition.
Roger you are right, we need to do something special for the downtown. Uxbridge is the trail capital of Canada, but when people come here to explore our wonderful trails, there is no place to stay for a weekend or a couple of days. I would like to see a lovely country inn, even a Comfort Inn built on the site. There should be room for ample parking, and perhaps a parkette with picnic tables.
That should give visitors a chance to explore our lovely shops and will attract more business as well.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge” A. Einstein
David R. Bolender
I am writing to the editor with regards to the letter from Andrew Craddock as published in the March 14 edition of the Uxbridge Cosmos.
I am in full agreement with the comments contained in Mr. Craddock’s letter, especially those concerning our MP, Jennifer O’Connell. Ms O’Connell has not served us well. I was far from impressed with her questioning of Jody Wilson-Raybould at the initial meeting of the Liberal dominated House of Commons Justice Committee. Again, I’ve seen her on television defending the government’s desire to save, supposedly, 9,000 jobs at SNG Lavalin but no mention of the 160,000 jobs lost in Western Canada due to the policies of the government of which she is a member.
Since Mr. Craddock submitted his letter to the Cosmos, a second emergency meeting of the Justice Committee was held on March 13, 2019. Within 20 minutes of the meeting commencing, the Liberal majority voted to adjourn without holding a vote as to whether or not Jody Wilson-Raybould could be recalled to respond to the testimony of Gerald Butts and company.
The Liberal members of this committee are obviously acting upon instructions from senior people in the Liberal Party. This begs the question: What are they hiding? What are they scared of?
Many years ago, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau referred to Liberal backbenchers as “trained seals.” It would appear that nothing has changed.