Who really cares about anonymity
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 06:00 am
I am writing about an Oct. 5 letter to the St. Albert Gazette by Percy Zalasky – Stop hiding behind anonymity.
Mr. Zalasky raises a fair question about who is behind St. Albert Think Tank. On the other hand, it is also fair to offer that who really cares who is behind this group as long as their intentions are honest?
I can honestly say that I do not know who this group is and I have no connection to them. However, in my view, their website appears to offer sound information. I am a stickler for detail, just ask anyone who knows me.
Why do I think information on their website makes sense? I share their concerns. My wife and I have lived in St. Albert since 1991. Our family of five moved into a brand new home in late 2000. Between 2001 and 2012 (when there were only three of us living in the home) my bills show that our annual property tax increased by 56 per cent and our annual utility costs increased by 85 per cent! One needs to use a fairly high level of sophisticated navel gazing to conjure up what the real benefits are that we have received for these massive increases over this time.
The tax and spend entitlement culture that elected officials in St. Albert are afflicted with needs to end. Whatever happened to the notion of providing basic services and increasing property tax and utility costs in line with inflation and population growth? We moved to St. Albert in 1991 for quality of life. The tax-and-spend entitlement culture of elected officials takes that away from us.
Bravo to St. Albert Think Tank – whoever they are – for being up front about this problem. I know who I am not voting for in this municipal election.
Warren Kindzierski, St. Albert