I really don’t know what to say about Common Sense aside from the fact that they seem to lack any.
I finally got around to reading their manifesto. Talk about uninformed — these people have absolutely no idea what makes a livable city. They spout about water and sewer, sidewalks and streets, police and security and garbage collection.
Everything else is ancillary — economic development, parks, special events, recreation facilities, museums, theatres and community groups. These are “nice to have” but not important. There is no mention regarding arts and culture, although I imagine many of these individuals have either a black velvet Elvis on the wall or a lovely print of Dogs Playing Poker. The things that they consider unimportant are the very things that make a community what it is.
These are the things that define and give character to a city. Every town has roads and police and sidewalks — oh, yeah, and sewers but if Common Nonsense has their way the sewers would be used to flush away any personality that Courtenay has.
Editor’s note: Doug Kerr is running for a seat on Courtenay council.