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By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted January 27, 2010 at 03:40:05

MPB, I think as long as the city looks towards where we want to go, rather than what we see around us today, spending decisions can be made that are both smart and compassionate.

However, even your question is filled with doubt about whether or not Hamilton can eliminate poverty without having people suffer. I understand this, but you have to stop thinking like this. Instead, imagine a scenario where employers are rushing to set up businesses in our downtown. Imagine the Hamilton Spectator filled with Help Wanted ads offering bonuses for people who will stay more than three months.

Imagine a downtown Hamilton where the transit, is profitable, extensive and actually needed because of the volume of people that work and shop downtown. Imagine a Hamilton where people of all ages and abilities work at a challenging job, earn their own income and can enjoy dinner across from a Gore Park filled not with sadness, but with optimism.

That's what will take place once we shift our focus to creating good jobs and new industries.

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