COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: LRT is simply a street car not desired

Opinion Jul 20, 2016 by Robert Cooper Hamilton Mountain News

Ever stop to ask what an LRT is? Sounds so sexy, so modern, so desirable. The way our politicians and the media describe it, we need one.

Please sit down before you read what a LRT really is: a street car. Yes, a Toronto Red Rocket.

The province is giving us a billion dollars for a street car that will travel between McMaster University and a Tim Hortons in east Hamilton.

That’s right, it’s a street car going nowhere.

The cost will certainly be in excess of a billion dollars, so the province is smart in capping their liability at $1 billion.

Our local politicians are less cunning and quite happy to spend our tax dollars frivolously. In living up to their free-spending ways, they are signing a blank cheque to cover the build with our property taxes, which are already among the highest in the province and continuing to rise.

With this street car, we will have the distinction of being the highest-taxed city in the province.

Then there are the operating costs, which will further increase our property taxes as the revenue from the street car will not cover the cost.

Our local politicians have proven they don’t care that you can’t afford your property taxes.

They don’t care about you, they only care about catering to special interest groups credited for their election victories.

In 2018, let’s kick out of office the ones that support the LRT. Why? These are the same people who gave us a downtown GO station without public parking, the only one in Ontario.

Is it any wonder so few take the GO train out of Hamilton?

They also built the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, which they knew upon construction was too small to accommodate the volume. HSR is not even properly integrated.

And most recently the same councillors gave us a transit hub at Mohawk College without GO service. How is it the Mountain has no GO service?

Enough is enough. Let’s not let these same councillors victimize us again with a street car going nowhere.

Robert Cooper is president of the Hamilton Mountain Conservatives provincial and federal riding associations.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: LRT is simply a street car not desired

Unecessary system will raise taxes

Opinion Jul 20, 2016 by Robert Cooper Hamilton Mountain News

Ever stop to ask what an LRT is? Sounds so sexy, so modern, so desirable. The way our politicians and the media describe it, we need one.

Please sit down before you read what a LRT really is: a street car. Yes, a Toronto Red Rocket.

The province is giving us a billion dollars for a street car that will travel between McMaster University and a Tim Hortons in east Hamilton.

That’s right, it’s a street car going nowhere.

The cost will certainly be in excess of a billion dollars, so the province is smart in capping their liability at $1 billion.

Our local politicians are less cunning and quite happy to spend our tax dollars frivolously. In living up to their free-spending ways, they are signing a blank cheque to cover the build with our property taxes, which are already among the highest in the province and continuing to rise.

With this street car, we will have the distinction of being the highest-taxed city in the province.

Then there are the operating costs, which will further increase our property taxes as the revenue from the street car will not cover the cost.

Our local politicians have proven they don’t care that you can’t afford your property taxes.

They don’t care about you, they only care about catering to special interest groups credited for their election victories.

In 2018, let’s kick out of office the ones that support the LRT. Why? These are the same people who gave us a downtown GO station without public parking, the only one in Ontario.

Is it any wonder so few take the GO train out of Hamilton?

They also built the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, which they knew upon construction was too small to accommodate the volume. HSR is not even properly integrated.

And most recently the same councillors gave us a transit hub at Mohawk College without GO service. How is it the Mountain has no GO service?

Enough is enough. Let’s not let these same councillors victimize us again with a street car going nowhere.

Robert Cooper is president of the Hamilton Mountain Conservatives provincial and federal riding associations.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: LRT is simply a street car not desired

Unecessary system will raise taxes

Opinion Jul 20, 2016 by Robert Cooper Hamilton Mountain News

Ever stop to ask what an LRT is? Sounds so sexy, so modern, so desirable. The way our politicians and the media describe it, we need one.

Please sit down before you read what a LRT really is: a street car. Yes, a Toronto Red Rocket.

The province is giving us a billion dollars for a street car that will travel between McMaster University and a Tim Hortons in east Hamilton.

That’s right, it’s a street car going nowhere.

The cost will certainly be in excess of a billion dollars, so the province is smart in capping their liability at $1 billion.

Our local politicians are less cunning and quite happy to spend our tax dollars frivolously. In living up to their free-spending ways, they are signing a blank cheque to cover the build with our property taxes, which are already among the highest in the province and continuing to rise.

With this street car, we will have the distinction of being the highest-taxed city in the province.

Then there are the operating costs, which will further increase our property taxes as the revenue from the street car will not cover the cost.

Our local politicians have proven they don’t care that you can’t afford your property taxes.

They don’t care about you, they only care about catering to special interest groups credited for their election victories.

In 2018, let’s kick out of office the ones that support the LRT. Why? These are the same people who gave us a downtown GO station without public parking, the only one in Ontario.

Is it any wonder so few take the GO train out of Hamilton?

They also built the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, which they knew upon construction was too small to accommodate the volume. HSR is not even properly integrated.

And most recently the same councillors gave us a transit hub at Mohawk College without GO service. How is it the Mountain has no GO service?

Enough is enough. Let’s not let these same councillors victimize us again with a street car going nowhere.

Robert Cooper is president of the Hamilton Mountain Conservatives provincial and federal riding associations.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.