Comment 105456

By ItJustIs (registered) | Posted October 20, 2014 at 14:29:49

So much to respond to, but for the sake of brevity and tact (Otherwise, I'd be tempted to offer up a paragraph-by-paragraph response) I'll just address this:

"The funny thing is: too many people, certain election candidates included, think that Hamilton, is, was and always will be an industrial city first and foremost. But we got that way after decades of being other things."

I've attended or watched almost all of the Mayoral debates. (Yes, this means I get the decoder ring...and part of the secret handshake.) And the only candidates I've heard playing this tune are the absolute fringe ones. And those who align with them usually come from some kind blue-collar background. And are over the age of 50. That's not to say that there isn't a ton of potential in the manufacturing sector, especially if we get off our asses and develop deeper international relationships. And the viable candidates know this. they're not stupid. (Even if you're dead set on believing they are.)

I shake my head at a lot of the labels that get applied in conversations such as this, these mass-categorizations. The 'bedroom community' bugaboo. The jingoistic idea that 'Hamilton needs to stand proud again!' Or any such platitude that is at least a manipulative ploy, and at its worst, a form of abuse. Or is that masochism...?

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