Re: Don’t like the face of the new Okotoks, Sept. 6
In his letter, Parker Banks says he fears for the future of Okotoks, leaning heavily on one example: The presence of someone begging near Canadian Tire. He suggests she get a job.
I'd challenge his use of this woman as an example. Wouldn't the small-town values he pines for translate into reaching out to help someone in need, rather than focusing on how off-putting it is to see her struggle publicly? What if she is being forced to beg, or can't work for some less-than-obvious reason?
Look, I'm not trying to lambaste him, I just think he should consider the irony in his letter. And I do understand his larger point about Okotoks growing and how it has changed/will change our community.
Let me tell you about my fears — things that have an imminent impact on our lives: Huge class sizes in our public schools; the state of healthcare and what that means heading into the upcoming flu season; the temperature and low level of the Sheep River and what that means for the river valley ecosystem; suburban sprawl and lack of affordable housing; the water pipeline (to be constructed) and its ability to meet the demands of our community while Calgary is already seeing shortages.
Growth is definitely not without risk, but not because of the woman outside Canadian Tire.