Strong leadership needed

Letters

Somewhere recently I read an article about David Bennett’s announcement that he has become a mayoralty candidate. The article gave superficial platitudes of a man that should have felt empowered by the number of votes he got in the last election but instead put everyone to sleep by not doing anything with that show of voter confidence.

And now we are being asked to like him for succinct comments in council and performing a list of service club-like duties, duties that many many residents of Sooke do every year as a matter of just being good citizens in Sooke.

He talks about jobs, tourism and economic development, but where has he been for the past three years? Has he been active with the Economic Development Commission, the Chamber of Commerce, the Sooke Region Tourism Association or the Sooke Community Development Association? No. Has he made any attempt to work towards reducing, or at the very least slowing the rising land taxes and very high cost of commercial development in Sooke, costs high enough to almost completely stop commercial development in Sooke unless the project is mega enough for the District of Sooke to give away the farm?

Has he made any attempt to stem the large number of in-camera council meetings, so the taxpayers might find out what is really going on?  He wants to, if elected as mayor, create a collective business council to work in a co-operative manner for what is best for Sooke. Huh? What we don’t need is more talk and discussion and arguments between groups who ultimately want what is good for Sooke but need to get there in their own way, in otherwords, same thing we have been doing for years and accomplishing little.

I believe one of the definitions of insanity is doing things the same way over and over, expecting different results. We all know the questions and answers; what we need is someone to grab the reins and do it —  do what is needed to move forward. If he had been paying attention for the past three years he would be talking about hitting the ground running, not forming more committees to investigate something to do something and talking to groups about working together with enough compromises to actually accomplish very little. He should know by now what each department in the district office has, or should have, for goals and directions for the good of Sooke’s growth and development, both social and economic. But he is talking about more committees, more seminars, more…

No thanks, we need some positive action, direction and commitment, led by someone who isn’t afraid of leading.

Robert Randall

Sooke

Just Posted

Increasing cloudiness with a high of 12 C for today

A look ahead at this week’s forecast

BC Ferries warns of short Tsawwassen inconvenience, sailing times not affected

Line painting scheduled overnight between Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

RCMP the best option for West Shore policing, mayors say

West Shore municipalities funding more officers and civilians at local detachment

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open

But while Mueller fully ruled out criminal collusion, he was more circumspect on presidential obstruction of justice

Edmonton judge rules Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Eight-year sentence imposed in 2010 would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody

Woman wants Tofino to get a nude beach

“They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”

Ice climbers scale Canada’s tallest waterfall on Vancouver Island

Ice climbers Chris Jensen, Will Gadd and Peter Hoang made history

Sparks fly as SUV speeds wrong way down Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

B.C. doctor fined $5,000 for accessing records of woman pregnant with his child

Doctor admits to accessing records of the woman carrying his child

Video service to compete with Netflix, Amazon expected from Apple on Monday

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline

Trudeau delivers campaign-style speech while introducing candidate Taggart

The Order of British Columbia recipient said she wants to be the people’s voice in Ottawa

Most Read