Comment 121512

By RobF (registered) | Posted May 12, 2017 at 09:43:13 in reply to Comment 121507

Bobby2 there is a difference between not wanting and not supporting. As far as I can tell no one is stopping you from publishing opposing views as either as a comment or submission to RTH. That said, I'm free not to agree or support your views.

I don't take issue with Bratina writing a comment piece for the Spectator, but I don't think we should give it more weight that it deserves. It's highly unlikely that he'll ever become a government minister, because he lacks the substance.

His own comments on the LRT reveal that. He mostly took jabs at the current Mayor and Council and argued that LRT will put downtown regeneration/revitalization at risk ... if you think that's a debate, then you believe in shadow-boxing. As in: Council should never do anything that departs from the status quo or even actually debate ideas, because that is divisive and makes you look dysfunctional. Really. You think that's a way forward. Take a look at history. Important changes, particularly progressive ones, seldom happen that way.

Bratina's real message: everything works great in Hamilton. Don't change a thing. Some of us like being able to drive thru lower city neighbourhoods. To hell with what that does to those neighbourhoods as places for people outside their cars.

Will LRT be disruptive: yes. It will change things. That change won't please everyone. But 20 or 50 years from now we'll have a different city and we need to think about how it will work and work better than now. If that is the debate that Sideshow Bob and you want lots of people are willing to have that. If it is just FUD, then no.

Comment edited by RobF on 2017-05-12 09:46:36

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