Anonymous on the Aurora Citizen comments the extras on the ball diamond were unnecessary. She understands seniors won't be using it and Evelyn has always been a full time politician because she never had a real job.
It's an interesting perspective. Taking the points , one at a time.
The Senior's new building was controversial when the decision was made.Strong voices in the community said the money would be better spent on young people.
The decision would not have been favourable had I not been there for seniors; for their contribution to the quality of life enjoyed to-day by to-day's generation of parents; schools, hospitals. a medicare plan, colleges, universities; a lifetime of hard work for modest wages and disproportionate taxes; for childhood hardships during a depression; for service and sacrifice to their country in war and a life haunted by its memories; for the hardship of emigration from families and their place of birth for a better life for their children; understanding the burden of taxation on people least able to handle it; over the years, their acceptance of left-over facilities for their purpose , which came from a lifetime of discipline and self-sacrifice. .
People retire to-day at fifty-five. They can claim senior status. For those willing to use it, Aurora Seniors and the facility can be the start of a great new life experience. Who is to say they will not avail themselves of the new ball facility and likely at a time when younger ones are in school or at work.
On Anonymous' last point. I raised seven children while I was a councillor, Reeve and Mayor of Aurora. I'm surprised a senior would suggest that was not a full-time, if uncompensated job. My youngest child was ten months old when I was first elected on my third campaign. My second youngest was born between the first and second.
For nine years,in the eighties, I served on the Ontario Social Services Appeal Board, a quasi-judicial tribunal. I travelled all over Ontario and had a chance to see how people without means survive and how municipalities were handling their resources and responsibilities. I became more familiar with provincial legislation and regulations in social services. I learned the rules of evidence and honed the decision-making skills I acquired as an elected representatives.
On May 12th, when Sher St Kitts was encouraged by the Mayor to hurl vitriol in a public forum, two of my sons were attending a council meeting for the first time. The Mayor was aware family members would be there. My grand-daughter Hayley, was one of the ten winners of the poster campaign being recognised by the Mayor at the town park on the previous Saturday
Individual seniors are as entitled to criticise as anyone but as a senior in good standing, I am proud to have had the opportunity to speak and make a contribution on their behalf.