Letters: Priorities are skewed

Politicans in Sooke asked to explain rationale for horseshoe pitches

Doesn’t seem to be too much from the councillors these days. I asked a number of them a few simple questions and they cannot respond. To his credit Rick Kasper did respond but with political platitudes that meant nothing – I suppose that is expected from a career politician.

The questions were as follows:

1.  How many people actually play horseshoes in Sooke? (a simple number will do, 10 or 100 or 1,000 or whatever it may be?);

2. What will the horseshoe club do in repercussion should the council drop it off the agenda? (Mr. Kasper said they were obliged to keep it in their plans as a previous council had agreed to it – which in a democracy is absurd);

3. “Would you send an employee of your’s on a training course knowing they may be leaving soon? (this is easy, yes or no – no long winded excuse to rationalize someone’s situation).” Ms. Reay, Mr. Kasper and Mr. Haldane refuse to answer this question.

Mr. Kasper eventually did admit that he had no idea how many people are in the horseshoe club and what amount of people are expected to use it – quite shocking to know that our council is going to spend money on this special interest group without knowing the full story.

Surely, besides money for horseshoes, we need sidewalks and streetlights sorted out before we spend a penny on horseshoes or other special interest groups – especially if our councillors have no idea how many people will actually use it.

Mark Whiteson

Sooke