LETTER: The dissolution of CTRA is a loss for all Comox residents

Dear editor,

While somewhat understandable, it is sad to see the end of the CTRA (Comox Town Residents Association).

For about 25 years, under the incredibly strong and respectful leadership of founder Patricia Halliday, the CTRA has provided democratic oversight on the goings-on in Comox.

Democracy is a strange construct; while it can be incredibly powerful in providing open and honest government, without oversight, the opposite – characterized by narrow, self-interest and a doubting citizenry – will fill in the breach, resulting in a lack of credibility. Without credibility democracy withers.

The Town of Comox and its citizens have been blessed with unselfish and insightful oversight on the part of the CTRA. It will be missed.

One can hope, but not assume, that government without steadfast oversight, and not just at election time, will function smoothly. History would question this belief.

Let us hope the stewards of Comox government understand this as we move forward. A vacuum of oversight has been created by the ending of the CTRA. Hopefully the citizenry and the Town of Comox will continue to engage. Only time will tell.

Steve Faraher-Amidon

Comox

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