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Trustees make great choice


Richmond's school trustees must be commended for appointing Bruce Beairsto as the district's new superintendent of schools.

Mr. Beairsto's long association with this community is certainly a great asset. Furthermore, he has proven himself to be an innovative and well-respected leader in his field.

Like every other school district in the province, Richmond is faced with a number of challenges. An experienced, community-minded and dedicated educational leader like Mr. Beairsto is the most appropriate choice for Richmond.

Congratulations and good luck, Bruce!

Balwant Sanghera

Honesty returns?


It may be that with the election of Carole James as leader of the NDP we may have some honesty return to B.C. politics.

The extreme right wing conservatives of Gordon Campbell posing as Liberals is probably one of the major examples of dishonesty in politics.

Voters will be able to choose between selling B.C. to large American corporations or retaining ownership by B.C. residents.

Maybe we could go back to the time when our B.C. government was working for all B.C. residents and not just the rich.

Lloyd Creech

Out of control


Re: City manager gets new digs (Nov. 22-23, p. 1)

Over my 30 years in Richmond I've been disgusted by many things that have come out of city hall.

But council approving plans for it's so-called `top bureaucrat' to renovated his offices at considerable expense to the taxpayers just to satisfy his ego ranks right up there.

Richmond lacks leadership, since a bureaucrat can dictate to council how a large amount of taxpayer's dollars will be spent for their selfish purposes. What arrogance!

Did it ever dawn on anyone on council that the exorbitant cost of renovating this bureaucrat's office just so he won't have to walk as far would have far greater value being granted to a community group or to seniors' services? Or even to one of the emergency service facilities they shafted to build the new city hall?

Guess not, since it doesn't involve votes at election time, or fast-tracking a friendly developer's plans to pave over and develop Richmond's fast-dwindling farmland and green spaces.

To me this farce just shows a senior bureaucrat out of control and a council without the courage or leadership to challenge him.

In this case the bureaucrat should be fired and policies developed for checks and balances on staff and council to prevent this scenario in future. If not, when is the next election again?

Bob Benger

Make do without


Instead of sending George Duncan on his extended paid holiday council should have perhaps considered sending him on some on-the-job training in the private sector. In a real world company that actually has books to balance.

Richmond's favourite son has evidently never heard of "Making do without."

Too many people poking their heads in the door? How about a lock for $19.95 from the hardware store?

Confidential papers spread out in the office? How about walking a few steps down to the conference room to meet visitors?

If you have the privilege of dipping into the bottomless pit of taxpayer's dollars a six figure office upgrade comes easy. If you have to actually pay for it yourself or justify it to shareholders it becomes another matter altogether.

Let's put numbers in perspective. Recently a generous senior donated $50,000 to the library! That was a big news story.

Recently, a women's shelter was scrounging for money to get some furniture. The Caring Place is under-funded and we have nurse cutbacks in the hospital. Two seniors with health problems have had their home assistance cut.

Look at these numbers. An unusual massive donation, a public appeal for battered women, vital recurring expenses for health care, and about $80 a week in home care for elderly people who can't fend for themselves.

Now compare theses figures to a $125,000 ego upgrade for Mr. Duncan and his staff.

Something is out of whack.

Robert Evans

Non-essential frill


I am outraged after reading last weekend's The Richmond Review. How dare Richmond council approve such a flagrant expense of $125,000?

Previously, the city arranged, at taxpayer's cost, to furnish an in-home office for George Duncan. Then it granted him a $1,000 per month car allowance, plus coverage of insurance,gas and maintenance on his vehicle.

Now he does not like his city hall office. Too bad!

Us unwashed do not like many things, but do not expect an employer to pay (again) for non-essential frills. If the foregoing is likely to be just one example of wasteful spending, no wonder another property tax increase is to be levied on the helpless civic home property victims.

If the city has too much money in its treasury, a better way of spending excess funds would be a contribution to the Richmond seniors who have just had their in-home services cancelled.

Eva Shindler

Getting his way


Our white elephant is at it again. When city manager George Duncan gets a cough, the rest of Richmond catches a fever.

Now our quarter-million dollar boy ($275,000 total pay package in 2002) wants just half that ($125,000) in office renovations to bring him "closer" to his senior staff.

I am still on the floorÉ and, like the lady in that old classic Medic Alert bracelet TV ad, I can't get up. Who are we gonna call? Should I try Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt?

Back in April when George was rehired at the new and improved pay hike to his old job, she was apparently the only one who had the guts to say that council "rolled over," giving him every cent he demanded (Richmond Review, April 3). Well, guess who's still rolling whom?

We hear again that this will all pay off in the "long run." How long Lord, how long?

If I sound like a New Age Negro spiritual, you will forgive (I am black.) I recently questioned George's worth in terms of that endless race-wracked, problem-plagued public works yard (Review, Aug. 30-31). Don't they still have a court case and other loose ends to tie up? I still ask what George saved us in legal fees, other costs, especially since he, a black man, came up through that yard.

I don't get it. Evelina Halsey-Brandt's observation provides us with a powerful new way to phrase our concern. It is simply normal for an employee not to get everything he demands. It is in fact the test of a wholesome relationship. Rather like parent and child.

Can you imagine giving in to your teenager's every whim? I don't think so. It's just not natural.

We need to know if there has been any instance in terms of which George has not prevailed with council. Any little matter will do. (Throw us a bone.)

Does George simply always get his way?

Well, it ain't wholesome. It just ain't.

Anthony Oluwatoyin

Fair shake?


Re: "School district opts for familiar face," p. 5, Nov. 20.

The article begs the question of why was it necessary to allegedly spend $25,000 to find the right candidate for superintendent, when the acting school superintendent was the best qualified candidate out of 30 applicants, a considerable number indeed.

The school board chair is quoting as saying, in part, "because of his track record in the community." Was the selection process fair to the other 30 candidates, or would it have been fairer to have informed all of the candidates, before the fact, rather than after it, that one of the qualifications they were looking for has a demonstrated track record in the community.

While there is no doubt that Mr. Beairsto is superbly qualified for the position, the process of selecting a successful candidate in any organization must not only be fair, but give the appearance of being fair.

James McNaught

What's next, turning seniors out on the streets?


Re: "Seniors will lose housekeeping help," p.3, Nov. 20

I have an elderly mother with osteoarthritis who has a homemaker for two hours every other week. This service has allowed her to keep her dignity and independence.

I can't understand the mentality of any government who would take away this most valuable service when we have a good portion of the population who need assistance.

If they honestly think that this will save them money then they are sadly mistaken- get ready for an onslaught of senior citizens who will be looking for care homes so that they can survive. Or is the next step turning them out on the streets?

Judy Cartwright

The miraculous Mr. Lee


Thursday night I attended an awards ceremony held at the Ramada Inn for Kwantlen University College. Upon arriving home I noticed my wallet was missing. I was up until 3 a.m. and couldn't sleep.

I was so worried about my wallet as I have heard one too many stories of identity theft. I was also wondering how, as a starving student, I was going to be able to afford to replace all the I.D. inside!

Then a miracle happened in the form of Mr. Lee! At 9 a.m. Mr. Lee called me and said he had found my wallet under another car with everything still inside!

He works for Lee's driving school and drove it over to my house right away. He refused to take any reward. In this day and age it is so wonderful to know that there are still honest and kind people out there.

Thank you Mr. Lee, from the bottom of my heart.

Charisma Morris

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