Editor, The News:
As I was driving in Maple Ridge, I could not help but notice the plethora of political signage all around town.
I think we need a change of direction in Maple Ridge, rather than the tired old rhetoric that many of our politicians continue to espouse.
Let’s take at look at what has been done recently.
The supposed widening and improving of Lougheed Highway in the downtown core has only made traffic congestion and parking worse than it was before.
The bike lane that was built between 216th and Laity streets is ridiculous and serves no purpose that I can come up with.
We have no municipal garbage pickup and are forced to use private companies or go to the dump ourselves.
I will not go into the urban development other than to say it is rather confusing how many properties get out of the ALR, while others that are more aptly suited are not.
We have no real industrial base that would help our tax situation, and it has been very frustrating to watch Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, and Mission develop this extremely profitable tax base while we sit and discuss bike lanes and traffic circles in the middle of neighbourhoods that seem to only cause confusion.
I urge all voters to vote, and to look at the new candidates and see what their platforms are, and compare those to the ‘old’ career politicians. It is time for a change for our community and I urge all voters to vote responsibly in order to help our community move forward.
I am not calling for a purge, but rather a sensible approach as to how you vote.