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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Letter: Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for Pride crosswalk
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

Regarding Ernest Chan’s letter, “Rainbow crosswalk only costs each taxpayer a few cents,” (The Lake Report, Aug. 10), all I can say is any number divided by 18,000 tends to become minor.

The reality is the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake have faced a substantial tax increase and may face another, so all public expenditures need to be carefully scrutinized as to purpose and efficacy.

Crosswalks are about facilitating the safe crossing of busy intersections, so the cheapest option that accomplishes this is best.

Issues, such as inclusiveness and a sense of welcoming, are best transmitted by individuals in the normal course of public intercourse.

I believe Coun. Erwin Wiens’ view that the crosswalk should not have been paid for with tax dollars was the correct assessment.

John McCallum

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