I have always tried to support town council in their challenging and sometimes difficult deliberations. I will continue to do so, but this time, I do it by posing questions that, I guess, are asked by many in Taber and area.
They have to do with the twinning relationship our town has with the city of Higashiomi in Japan.
Three decisions recently made by council relative to that issue are questionable. The first is why the decision to discuss the twinning issue was held behind closed doors. What was so secretive and sensitive about it? Second, why three delegates? Third, why will all of the expenses for the trip be covered by the town’s budget?
Many in our agricultural business, because of untimely and serious weather events, have taken a big hit and by extension all of the businesses and individuals connected with that industry are suffering financially and by association emotionally and mentally. Council must surely empathize with them and be careful and responsible with the expenditure of precious and limited funds.
The entire matter and decisions made needs to be revisited and quickly lest the highly favourable confidence of the electorate in the current council suffers a serious blow which could take an extended period for it to regain. Besides, justice, fairness and even compassion must influence any discussions relative to this issue.