When will the Hamilton Spectator stop acting like a PR firm for Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and start giving us the facts?
I realize it's easy to bash council and always defend the various groups and unions that pay for advertising dollars in the paper, but please explain to the public how the city is to blame for the Lister deal falling apart.
I've read all the transcripts of their meetings and saw LIUNA Vice President Joe Mancinelli and company put on their dazzling presentation two months ago.
Council voted this past week once again to change the conditions at the request of LIUNA Â for the umpteenth time Â and go along with their latest proposal.
Councillors hadn't even left the building yet when Mr. Mancinelli changed his mind, yet again, and said they wouldn't agree to their own proposal.
Enough of the games. As a taxpayer and downtown resident, I'm stunned that this deal even got this far.
I'd like to learn how to buy a property for $1.6 million, ignore all property standards bylaws for a decade hurting surrounding businesses and property values, and then get rewarded with an offer of $25 million in taxpayers' money.
The city would be wise to spend that $25 million on the owners of a great number of businesses, shops, eating establishments and well-maintained properties in our downtown that are doing a fabulous job injecting new life and money into our city.
The Spec would be wise to start printing the news, instead of merely supporting their advertisers.
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