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Mayor Bradley has lost my vote

Sir: Some people seem to believe that the mayor, like a CEO or stern grandfather, is doing the right thing when he yells or bullies city staffers and councilors.

After all, he’s been here longer, so surely he knows what’s best for the city.  This is misguided.

First, it’s 2016 and this sort of behaviour is no longer acceptable. Second, it implies that our mayor is the only person at city hall with good ideas, or that it’s his job alone to judge which ideas are right for the city.

Simply put, this is not his job! It instills fear in the staff, and stifles creativity and sound decision-making. It encourages city staff to make decisions that are right by the mayor, instead of right by our city.

For all the complaining over the years about mismanagement or lack of imagination at city hall, it may just be that the mayor has been the cause – not the solution.  After all, if it’s his job to keep a stranglehold on everything that happens, then surely he deserves the credit for all the mistakes?

The mayor deserves our thanks for his many years of faithful service, but he has lost my respect, and my vote.

Christopher Cooke

Sarnia

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Paralympian story brought back memories

Sir: Thank you so very much for your article and picture in the Aug. 4 edition of The Journal about Priscilla Gagne.

She is on her way to the Paralympic Games in September to represent Canada in martial arts.

Twenty-five years ago our daughter, Margaret, babysat Priscilla and her brother Joshua. I can still remember Priscilla marching up and down the neighbourhood sidewalk in huge cowboy boots, belting out her rendition of Pretty Woman!

You, now, Priscilla are an amazing, pretty woman.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Priscilla on her voyage to the Olympics. Thank you once again for your coverage and the picture that brought back fond memories.

Mary Ettinger

Sarnia

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