Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two Fundamentals in Public Service

There are two fundamentals in public service.  Firstly we must use public funds wisely to meet our needs, not our wants. The second fundamental is to establish our priorities. Choosing Bus Rapid Transit over tram cars (LRT) will free up 1.365 billion dollars.  LRT is a totally unnecessary expense.
Imagine what we could do with these funds.

I am a fiscal conservative – being defined as: you have to generate the financial resources in order to provide the required services.  I am also a liberal social service person who has always supported helping those in need.   My particular interests are persons with disabilities and the homeless.  But, let me say it again:  you can forget obtaining more funds for these worthy projects if you support any candidate who supports LRT.   In fact, the City of Houston, which chose LRT has experienced crushing financial problems and have had to raise their fares – thus further punishing those people at the lower portion of the income scale.


  1. Exactly Right Andy - we need to set first our priorities of needs and only then our wants.

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  3. The Honest Man's Creed: "I am not bound to please thee with my answers". William Shakespeare - Great English dramatist & poet (1564 - 1616)
    VOTE FOR ANDY HAYDON - OTTAWA'S NEW MAYOR-You will get the truth every time - whether you like it or not.

  4. The Alliance to End Homelessness in 2009, recommended the building of 1000 affordable housing units per year, for ten years, in order to address the more than 10,000 persons on the waiting list ..............only 88 came on stream in 2009! The lower costs associated with the Bus Rapid Transit option, would allow this basic housing need of lower income Ottawans, to gain momentum. We cannot afford LRT and who wants a streetcar, with the need for changing transit mode from bus to train to get in and out of the city ???