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School site issue embarrassing

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I try to stay away from all political problems plaguing this city since I have only lived here for 18 months.

However, I read with interest all the ballyhoo about the issue of a bilingual school on Eldorado Dr. and Erin Ridge Drive. Oh the horror of a school in our precious neighbourhood. And while they all say we are not NIMBYs, the letters and meetings that have obscured more important issues say just that!

Funny how quiet all the protesters have been since the drug raid at #10 Eldorado.

Apparently it is acceptable to have the drug trade in the neighbourhood but not a school that would educate and promote productive future citizens. News flash people!

1. I live in Erin Ridge, very close to the park, and yes I will miss watching all the toddlers playing their soccer games.

2. Neighbours interviewed in regards to the bust at the drug house all plead ignorance of what was going on in their own neighbourhood and on their very exclusive street.

3. When I moved here in June of last year, I walked the neighbourhood as best I could given my advanced lung disease, and passed that house on a daily basis.

And even an old senior like myself felt there was something oddly out of sync with that particular home Ė itís unkempt and unattended appearance.

Covered windows in the bright sunshine. non-communicative response if someone was outside and I walked by and said hello.

But there was a distinct bad feeling when you walked by that house. Since the silence on this subject is deafening, shut up about the school.

So, I guess I do not belong here either. I refused to get involved in the school issue. I bought a house in Erin Ridge. Thatís all there is to it.

My agent did not tell me there was a school going up on the park site. Can I get a refund on the house I purchased here?

Does it really matter in a city known for its beauty and greenery if a soccer park and trails has been designated a school site or a drug emporium?

We live here. Get over yourselves. Move on Ö or move out.

S. Norton, St. Albert


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