Brilliant move to spend staff salaries on locals
To the Editor:
I was unspeakably thrilled to receive and read the inaugural issue of the municipal newsletter.
I felt warm and included as opposed to the feelings of neglect , stone-wall-ment and abandonment I have felt in the past.
What a brilliant move to spend the tax money for the staff positions' salaries entirely on locals. Given that we have few locally generated dollars, so far, it is a great idea to circulate them locally first instead of shipping them off the island. I’m sure these conscientious salary earners will further circulate them through local business. I know that when my beloved and I started looking closely at frugality, we shockingly discovered that there really was no advantage to buying off-island. Mind you, we do not otherwise need to commute.
I picked up a very positive vibe right off the page of this newsletter; that of a functional council, cooperating with each other and staff. I get a sense that the municipal government has finally matured beyond its awkward adolescence and is headed toward true maturity.
I admit that I had harboured some cynicism, when, after 40 years here on Bowen, the only accomplishments I could point to were the trail around Killarney Lake and the speed bumps in the cove. All that has changed and I am willing to be hopeful again for this fair and soon to be ‘happy again’ isle.
My only caution to council and staff would be nothing less than Don Miguel Ruiz’ Four Agreements, "for you will never placate the person who is actively seeking out ways to be offended."
Re-elect them, I'd say!