Comment 376

By Adrian (registered) | Posted November 24, 2005 at 04:59:26

I couldn't agree more. I didn't actually read the Spec's articles on this one, I just happened to glance at the front page while I was leaving the local convenience store. I think the big scary headline was "What Hamilton Lost". I made up my mind at that point to ask my wife to bring the paper home from work, so I wouldn't have to waste 50 cents.

So hopefully I'll get to read everything they have to say on the issue tonight. Just seeing that headline I knew a letter to the editor was in order. Is this really the best investment Hamilton can bring to the city? A polluting, smelly, pork processing plant?

When they point out that Hamilton is an industrial city, are they actually trying to say that Hamilton residents are incapable of performing non-industrial jobs?

The truth is that Hamilton has enormous potential. As someone employed in a technological field, after graduating from Mohawk for software engineering, I can tell you that there are many, many people in Hamilton whose skills are in world-wide demand who have to commute an hour or more to Toronto, because Hamilton is not trying to attract companies in non-industrial sectors. Worse, there are many innovative Hamilton-grown companies that struggle big-time for various factors. The millions of dollars Hamilton has spent on Red Hill could have been spent on supporting and attracting businesses that would likely be happy to take advantage of lower property taxes compared to Toronto, and the huge reserve of talented individuals who live in this city but must currently work elsewhere.

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