Comment 72108

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted December 10, 2011 at 17:03:47

@ concerned

Given that you do mention me by name, I wanted to offer a response in a tone I hope is as respectful as your own. I think you make a very fair comment. We must not let ourselves be distracted by minor issues.

While the city is facing enormous issues, some of which I have written about in some detail, the utter lack of professionalism and vision demonstrated by our mayor is, in my view, no small issue. This is a pattern of behaviour that is hurting us, likely in ways we're not even aware of at the moment. Some of which we are.

As for my disagreements with the mayor, please don't assume they are personal. They are now, have always been, and will continue to be professional in nature and in focus. I hold my elected officials to a high standard. I don't enjoy average. I demand excellence. I am not getting it. They chose to run for office. It comes with the territory and that should not have been a secret to anybody who made the very personal decision to run for office.

While I may use my window and my experience as a copywriter to convey some of my messages via cheeky posters, they seem to be doing exactly what they were intended to do - gain attention and get people talking. My articles in urbanicity are also intended to provoke thought, although using a different approach and focus. So too are my op ed pieces in the Spectator. The pieces I have written for this forum have their own personality too.

I don't want to be, nor do I believe I am, a one trick pony. Diversity of thought, style and message can come from the same person. I believe the messages are quite consistent, even if the style is different. I know I'm not alone in this belief or behaviour. It's one of the things I find refreshing about the engaged citizens I have had the good fortune to meet and to spend time with in Hamilton.

Again, I think your comment is a very fair one. The challenge, as in so many things, is to try to strike the right balance. I may not have the balance quite right, but I really work at trying not to lose sight of the goal. Foster a better community for all. Even though I don't know who you are, I suspect you believe in a similar goal.

Comment edited by H+H on 2011-12-10 17:06:25

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