Re: How was this allowed to happen? (Letter, Oct. 15)
It appears Know Your City has brought negative attention to Brantford. Hard to explain why, with so much building taking place at this time, the only site being challenged is the former Arrowdale golf course. Why Know Your City would involve Six Nations in this dispute is beyond reasoning and extremely selfish at a time when our city is in turmoil due to the pandemic, loss of businesses, jobs and, most important, lives.
Let’s not forget the $180,000 of our tax dollars spent on legal fees for a court case brought by this group against the city. More tax dollars now will be spent for extra policing of the occupied property.
It is unbelievable that a small group of residents should dictate to our elected officials the sale of public property. We live in a democratic society in which what is best for the whole community takes precedence over a few who insist on playing golf on a course that has a negative budget balance when there are many other golf courses in the vicinity of Brantford.
Key to longevity
I read recently that social interaction is at the top of the list for longevity –– more important than diet, exercise and the flu shot. At a local service club, I talked with a group of men who have stayed in touch and regularly meet. They have been friends for more than 50 years. There was much laughter and camaraderie in evidence among this group. These past months , during the pandemic, have been difficult for many to interact socially. I’m sure this has taken a toll on mental health of all ages. Keep on partying, guys. It was great to see.
Defend the military or risk defending oneself
We are veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces with a combined 56 years of service. The issue, in our opinion, is the perception of political correctness as perceived by the average Canadian, and how that applies to military personnel and the challenging training they must endure essential for their own survival.
Obviously, any serious misconduct in our military must be dealt with. However, the present case against Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin from 30 years ago and who, reportedly, has not even had a chance to defend himself, smacks of opportunistic political expediency.
The brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces are trained and willing to go into combat where political correctness is non-existent and pledge to defend with their lives the right of the average Canadian to express whatever opinion they chose.
If Canadian society and our politicians insist on claiming that the cream of our Canadian military are expendable for politically correct opinions run amok, then we respectfully suggest Canadians had better study up on their foreign languages.
Who will you expect to protect you and your family when the Taliban or their like arrive on Canadian soil, if they are not already doing so?
How can we possibly expect our young women and men to join the Canadian Armed Forces and pledge to sacrifice their lives if called upon for the ungrateful and the unwilling?
Maj. G.G. Mardling, CD (retired),
CWO L.B. Harding, CD (retired),
Lt. G.A. Eagleson, CD (retired),