Saturday, September 01, 2007

The power of the printed word

Isn't it amazing what fear and loathing a simple blog can create. Perish the thought that a Councillor would actually articulate positons (third point from the bottom is probably a good example in this situation), stick to them and reach out to his constitutents in the process.

While the Mayor struggles to put out a "21st century fireside chat email" without his $250,000.00 communications department, Alan has persevered in the face of withering criticism from his "colleagues". Agree or disagree with his politics or opinions, he has put himself out there for all to see and comment on.

For the sin of trying to achieve open, accountable and participatory government he gets to open Saturday's newspaper and read Councillor Lewenza holding court on his behaviour. That's about as rich as it gets. Councillor Postma is certainly one to be throwing stones. We all enjoyed reading during the last election how she "spearheaded" things like the City's debt reduction program and anti-graffiti campaign. Dramatic license knows no bounds sometimes.

This blog doffs it's cap to Ward 3 Councillor Alan Halberstadt for the courage of his convictions and the tenacity with which he approaches his elected responsibility.

You'll have to excuse me now. I've reached my blogging limit and apparently need to go seek a charity to work for.

While I'm out - Sign the Petition!

PS. - thoroughly enjoyed today's Windsor Star editorial. What a delicious counter-point to the whine and cheese party on the news pages. Gord, on the other hand, must not have heard he's already won the cheerleading championship.