While checking letters to the editor online at the Hamilton Spectator the past week, I've been reminded of why I cancelled my subscription.
Since Terry Cooke wrote his piece about two-way streets, the Spec has published one letter after another from people who don't like the idea.
What's the big deal?, you may ask. They have a right to their opinion, don't they?
Sure, but why do I care about someone's viewpoint about downtown who has self-admittedly been there only "once in the past ten years"?
Why should our daily newspaper even give a forum to someone who has no clue about the realities of downtown Hamilton?
Terry Cooke talked about the backlash and reaction to bike lanes on Main Street back in the 1990s. It looks like the Spec is determined to keep our fine city back in the early '90s by allowing people who never go downtown to tell us what is wrong with it and what it needs.
Maybe the Spec should ask the new café, shop and gallery owners on James North what they think. After all, they've all located there since the street was converted to two-way.
Maybe they should interview people who actually live downtown, every day of the year, and find out what they think of their newfound ability to walk, cycle or sit on a patio on streets that used to be nothing more than noisy highways.
I wouldn't dream of writing a letter to the editor stating my opinion about Guelph, for example. I've never been there.
If I was dumb enough to send in such a letter, I would hope that the editors running a major daily newspaper there would chuckle and toss it in the garbage.
Not in Hamilton.
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