Comment 84834

By jorvay (registered) | Posted January 08, 2013 at 10:49:38 in reply to Comment 84819

This is something that frustrates me for many reasons. First, I've found that there are a significant number of city employees that live outside of the city. They are good people, trying to do good work, but many simply don't really get Hamilton, or at least have the passion to make it a better place to live. They're not invested in it. On the other hand though, I understand to a degree why more don't live here. While some fear what they perceive to be a dangerous or unwelcoming city, for many more it's about keeping your private life free of work-related issues. One of my municipal contacts (in another town, not Hamilton) once said that he'd never live in the town where he worked despite loving it there. He simply found that his friends, neighbours, and acquaintances would never stop harassing him about their frustrations with the municipal government. Should our municipal staff be citizens of our municipality? Absolutely. Can I understand why many choose not to be? Sure. Though I will say that I think it's still an excuse for the weak, and I don't like weak people running our city.

Comment edited by jorvay on 2013-01-08 11:11:53

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