Re: John Rodriguez’s letter “True leaders accept majority decision,” which ran in Northern Life Aug. 8, and Chris Nerpin’s letter “Council ‘venemous’ towards Matichuk,” which ran July 9.
Yet another rebuttal from the former mayor, Mr. Rodriguez. Yet another personal attack on the current mayor. Once and for all, let’s clear things up.
Mr. Rodriguez, during your time in office, you made some good choices and you led this city well. I will grant you that.
However, the citizens wanted a different direction (or vision, as you call it) and thus, you were not re-elected. It puzzles me that the very reason(s) you were not re-elected are the same one(s) you still call a priority “enhancing our recreational and cultural facilities ... remains a priority.”
What are you not getting? We do not want another white elephant that should cost $20 million (which inevitably will cost double, if not triple that amount) when the intersection of Notre-Dame and Lasalle alone will cost in excess of $9 million.
There are more important things to do in this city than sports, arts and concerts. Get the necessities taken care of, clean up the fiscal balance sheet, then let’s see what we can do together.
It is so sad that in your letter to the Northern Life you would stoop so low as to tell us where Mayor Matichuk purchased her car (North Bay). Are you rummaging in her garbage? Who cares? Have you never gone on vacation outside the region? Why not a staycation?
What happened years ago under your watch is what we are still dealing with.
If the citizens re-elect you, then they will have spoken and I will respect that.
Till then, leave the mud-slinging to American politics. Simply re-hash your old vision and let’s welcome the results.
One last thing, Mr. Nerpin (Chris) happens to be the director of Summerfest. He talks to a lot of people, and perhaps you should listen to him, not just chat with your supporters at a local Tim Hortons.
While you were in office, it was clear that you had enough yes men and women surrounding you.
Always saying yes doesn’t demonstrate leadership, it shows complacency. You need friction to create a spark (you quoted Shakespeare, so I’m quoting nature).