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LETTER: Peace: if only we could stop fighting for it

Time spent on squabbling better spent elsewhere, writer says

Editor’s note: This letter has been edited for length.


It was disheartening and unsettling to read in last week’s A-H Observer headline, February 24, 2023,

Front page news – four councillors issue no-confidence vote against Mayor Ed Wood.

The municipal election not long over, mayor’s seat filled, Councillors elected, fresh visions ahead. It is hard to understand how these obvious directional changes that new leadership brings could knock the council and staff off their perches and bring them to a place of non-confidence in the mayor and the voting process.

It’s a sincere wish that all involved reconsider this outrageous waste of our collective time and start to work in harmony with our new mayor, begin to build a united council and put energy into building a better village future. Please, open your eyes to the division and mistrust this fosters in our community.

Bob Dylan wisely wrote of such situations “your old road is rapidly aging, please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand, for the times they are a-changing” Please reconsider where this action may lead us, the times they are a-changing.

A few months ago, on an afternoon stroll, a fellow villager came alongside us and shared that he had lived in the village for many years and had seen many changes, we walked on together as he shared many things he had seen in his time as a resident. As we walked past a clearing, he pointed across the lagoon to a house near the river. He got rather animated as he explained that there once was a beautiful tree in the front yard, but it was taken down to build that [expletive deleted]. As he pointed in the distance, we realized he was pointing at our home. While still in stride we told him, “But, sir, that house is our [expletive deleted].” Unfazed, he continued his journey.

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it appears, our own opinions become unwavering truths.

Anne and Gerry White

Harrison Hot Springs

City CouncilHarrison Hot SpringsLetter to the Editor

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