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Letters to the Editor - Electorate to blame for lack of bananas

Don Pettit is quite right in encouraging people to attend City Council's budget presentation at KPAC on April 13. He is also right in stressing the importance of values other than monetary wealth to the well-being of a community.

Don Pettit is quite right in encouraging people to attend City Council's budget presentation at KPAC on April 13. He is also right in stressing the importance of values other than monetary wealth to the well-being of a community. It would be well for the electorate to see the problems of running a city. They just might learn something. Unfortunately it's too late for this time.Present council was elected with a large majority to take a different direction from the old guard. So where was this majority when that new council needed their support, like at the vote on the budget referendum? Just too lazy, or taken in by the opponents' bombastic propaganda?As Don Pettit pointed out, democracy doesn't work that way. It's not just about coming out en masse on a sunny afternoon and yelling protests and then retreating into your apathetic shells. Democracy needs continuous awareness and action.The financial troubles that organizations like the Exhibition Association and various cultural groups find themselves in because of necessary budget cuts were not caused by the Ratepayers' Association - they acted on their democratic rights, even if some of their information or its presentation are questionable. The problems were caused by those who couldn't be bothered to cast a vote supporting the Council that they elected.Perhaps we should all get together and sing a rousing chorus of an old British pub song: "Yes, we have no bananas, We have no bananas today!"