Road plan can be better than status quo

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

(RE: East/West By-pass)

We would like to add our voice to that of a recent letter to the editor whereby the writer called for "thinking outside the box" in the debate on the East/West Waterdown by-pass.

It seems clear that how we humans see the world results in the kind of world we create. If the mark of a caring, enlightened society is found in the type of world it creates for its children, what kind of world are we creating for ours when.....

there are more smog alerts than ever before

more deaths each summer from respiratory disease caused by our polluted air

Soaring asthma rates among our children and adults

Gridlock is choking cities

Highway expansion is eating up valuable farmland

Wetlands and other forms of habitat are disappearing at ever- increasing rates because of our appetite for land

Water tables are being contaminated resulting in more Walkerton type disasters

Environmentally induced illness is on the rise

We need new ways of thinking and relating to our environment. The environment does not exist to serve the economy; the economy must serve and protect the environment.

It's a given that people don't like change especially when it threatens our comfort and security. The only time we are willing to change our ways is when the health and well-being of those we care about are threatened. This is happening now and we must change even if we are forced to leave our comfort zone in the process.

Elected representatives must ensure that government policies put our health and well-being first, over the economic health and well-being of business and industry, and they must work to see that business and industry are trained in the interest of the collective health and well-being.

Politicians should listen, with an open mind, to the challenges and criticisms made by citizens who see the world differently. When citizens challenge existing perceptions they are often discredited because they don't support the beliefs of the decision-makers in power.

Isn't it possible that these people might be right? It is rather presumptuous when a politician indicates that her mind is made up on an issue and that's final without ever offering to reach a mutually acceptable compromise. Talk about "Mother Knows Best" being alive and well.

The proposed East/West By-pass provides those in power with an ideal opportunity to think new thoughts and put people and the planet first. If we always do what we've always done we'll always get what we always got. We don't need more of the same. We need new thinking and new behaviour when it comes to how we relate to our environment.

We only have one planet, so let's nurture, cherish and heal it.

Pat and Frank Marchiori

Waterdown

Road plan can be better than status quo

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

(RE: East/West By-pass)

We would like to add our voice to that of a recent letter to the editor whereby the writer called for "thinking outside the box" in the debate on the East/West Waterdown by-pass.

It seems clear that how we humans see the world results in the kind of world we create. If the mark of a caring, enlightened society is found in the type of world it creates for its children, what kind of world are we creating for ours when.....

there are more smog alerts than ever before

more deaths each summer from respiratory disease caused by our polluted air

Soaring asthma rates among our children and adults

Gridlock is choking cities

Highway expansion is eating up valuable farmland

Wetlands and other forms of habitat are disappearing at ever- increasing rates because of our appetite for land

Water tables are being contaminated resulting in more Walkerton type disasters

Environmentally induced illness is on the rise

We need new ways of thinking and relating to our environment. The environment does not exist to serve the economy; the economy must serve and protect the environment.

It's a given that people don't like change especially when it threatens our comfort and security. The only time we are willing to change our ways is when the health and well-being of those we care about are threatened. This is happening now and we must change even if we are forced to leave our comfort zone in the process.

Elected representatives must ensure that government policies put our health and well-being first, over the economic health and well-being of business and industry, and they must work to see that business and industry are trained in the interest of the collective health and well-being.

Politicians should listen, with an open mind, to the challenges and criticisms made by citizens who see the world differently. When citizens challenge existing perceptions they are often discredited because they don't support the beliefs of the decision-makers in power.

Isn't it possible that these people might be right? It is rather presumptuous when a politician indicates that her mind is made up on an issue and that's final without ever offering to reach a mutually acceptable compromise. Talk about "Mother Knows Best" being alive and well.

The proposed East/West By-pass provides those in power with an ideal opportunity to think new thoughts and put people and the planet first. If we always do what we've always done we'll always get what we always got. We don't need more of the same. We need new thinking and new behaviour when it comes to how we relate to our environment.

We only have one planet, so let's nurture, cherish and heal it.

Pat and Frank Marchiori

Waterdown

Road plan can be better than status quo

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

(RE: East/West By-pass)

We would like to add our voice to that of a recent letter to the editor whereby the writer called for "thinking outside the box" in the debate on the East/West Waterdown by-pass.

It seems clear that how we humans see the world results in the kind of world we create. If the mark of a caring, enlightened society is found in the type of world it creates for its children, what kind of world are we creating for ours when.....

there are more smog alerts than ever before

more deaths each summer from respiratory disease caused by our polluted air

Soaring asthma rates among our children and adults

Gridlock is choking cities

Highway expansion is eating up valuable farmland

Wetlands and other forms of habitat are disappearing at ever- increasing rates because of our appetite for land

Water tables are being contaminated resulting in more Walkerton type disasters

Environmentally induced illness is on the rise

We need new ways of thinking and relating to our environment. The environment does not exist to serve the economy; the economy must serve and protect the environment.

It's a given that people don't like change especially when it threatens our comfort and security. The only time we are willing to change our ways is when the health and well-being of those we care about are threatened. This is happening now and we must change even if we are forced to leave our comfort zone in the process.

Elected representatives must ensure that government policies put our health and well-being first, over the economic health and well-being of business and industry, and they must work to see that business and industry are trained in the interest of the collective health and well-being.

Politicians should listen, with an open mind, to the challenges and criticisms made by citizens who see the world differently. When citizens challenge existing perceptions they are often discredited because they don't support the beliefs of the decision-makers in power.

Isn't it possible that these people might be right? It is rather presumptuous when a politician indicates that her mind is made up on an issue and that's final without ever offering to reach a mutually acceptable compromise. Talk about "Mother Knows Best" being alive and well.

The proposed East/West By-pass provides those in power with an ideal opportunity to think new thoughts and put people and the planet first. If we always do what we've always done we'll always get what we always got. We don't need more of the same. We need new thinking and new behaviour when it comes to how we relate to our environment.

We only have one planet, so let's nurture, cherish and heal it.

Pat and Frank Marchiori

Waterdown