In the case of Mr. Moffatt’s indiscretion: forgive, forget and move on. He has been reprimanded; he has suffered immensely for his insensitivity to the plight of people experiencing hardships because of nature’s natural occurrences.
Have we not all committed indiscretions either through words or acts that we would long to recall? Let’s show compassion and limit the consequences of one’s words and actions to as short a penance period as possible. Through experience, whether favourable or unfavourable, we learn. Isn’t that one of the purposes of life – to learn and then move to a higher level of activity in the future?
Town council has other important issues to deal with. Some of the members of the present council campaigned on the misguided notion that they would not be beholden to the recommendations of the professional administrators and staff of the town.
Blindly, perhaps, practising that promise has gotten them into another problem. Against administration’s strong recommendation, they renovated the extension of 50th Street to a lesser standard of base than they should have. Now they are planning to add a layer of asphalt to provide for heavier weight traffic than the first layer would allow.
I foresee a breakdown in both the surface and the foundation after a few years. No matter how high and plush the house is, without a firm and sturdy foundation it will eventually deteriorate and crumble. A road is no different. The foundation should not be revisited and redone now but funds should be set aside for the road’s base repair in 10 or 15 years. I hope I am wrong, but I fear that I am not.
The lesson that can be learned through the council’s faulty judgement is to give more attention to the experience, education and insight of its employees who are capable people.