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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:42

From my perch--161216--Go Andy Letham, and goodbye

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            Not everyone will agree with me on this (I’m looking at you, Social Media Party), but Kawartha Lakes is fortunate to have Andy Letham as mayor.

            He’s an honest, caring person, with an ability to see the big picture and the character to do what needs to be done—rare qualities in a politician.

            The city has been living beyond its means from the get-go by

drawing down reserves to dangerous lows, and in two years, Letham has shepherded council and staff through the Core Services Review, a massive streamlining project to get the city back on track. Some important council decisions on arena closures will be made right after we go to press.

            He has angered some people, and nobody gets it perfect, but I’m convinced he’s done his best to make city services more efficient, streamlined—and effective. As he said in a recent interview, “We’ve turned a corner. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re heading in a better direction.”

            Most impressive was when he told me: “I’m not doing this to get re-elected. I’m doing it because it’s the right thing to do.” I believe him—and that’s why you should re-elect him.

* * *

            Blame it on my ramblin’ nature—or maybe my advancing years. But I can feel myself losing steam—and you deserve someone at this paper with a full head of steam.

            So this will be my last issue as editor of The Kawartha Promoter.

            I’m sorry to go. It’s been a privilege to serve you all, and dialogue with you.

            Please welcome back a previous editor, Deb Crossen, in our next issue, Jan. 20, 2017.

            Christmas blessings to all.

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