In a letter to the Editor this week an individual took up issue with a rhetorical statement that is already used to make the same point. Like “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Hey “Stop signs don’t pollute the air, cars do.” Let’s go further, “Cars don’t pollute the air, people who drive them do.” Let’s just stop running vehicles altogether, and what of the fumes from the police cars waiting at the ready while operating radar units. I hope the point is made.
The writer of the letter below seems to value fear mongering associated with the minute effects of bi-product pollution rather than the immediate necessities of child and pedestrian safety. As the writer put it “trust me,” town councillors in their own community are more concerned with their populous’ safety, I should hope so.
Many quotes from different sources and appeals regarding an unrelated society from which we neither need nor desire condescension adds no weight to an argument that focuses on an entirely different concern than the one that was before the esteemed Town Council of Scugog.
This editor writes this response with “great disbelief” that so much time and energy has been put into distracting technicalities in order to misdirect our readers from the simple practical issue that was before council.
I say “hoorah” for a council that can cut through the smoke screen of technical “mumbo jumbo” and apply a clean, practical solution to a present problem.
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