With a new year upon us, there is renewed hope that we can move past some of the issues that dragged down 2015, and resolve to try and make a better 2016.
For starters, we’d like to see those posting racist and hateful propaganda on their social media sites resolve to take five minutes to investigate the claims being made before piling on with rest of an ignorant herd whining about money supposedly being given to Syrian refugees arriving in our country.
We’d also like those same people to resolve to learn a bit of Canadian history, namely our long tradition of welcoming those from unstable regions of the world, be it Eastern Europe in the 1950’s Vietnam in the 1970’s or the middle east today, when the world needs help, Canada has stepped up, that shouldn’t change today, despite what a small and ignorant minority might cry for.
We would like to see all three levels of government resolve to continue investing in infrastructure upgrades. Funding announcements last year are a fantastic start, and we hope there can be more in the future, as communities across the country now struggle to keep up with repairs that have been deferred for far too long for the sake of short-term savings.
With work continuing on the plan to bring municipally owned and operated high-speed internet to Scugog Island, please let our local leaders resolve to take the time to ensure this is a project that is kept on budget and ultimately benefits more in the community than just a few hundred residents.
Lastly, can we please resolve to be a little better to one another? It seems like for too often, everyone is the star of their own show, and others are merely background players. Let’s try to slow down a bit and enjoy life a little bit more this year. After all, it seems unlikely that anyone looks back at their life and says “I wish I had engaged in more petty arguments with more strangers.”
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