Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on December 5th, 2020

Ashamed to say Im from Hamilton

Well, Im officially ashamed to say Im from Hamilton.

In June I attended a Black Lives Matter rally at city hall. Mayor Eisenberger stood outside, hobnobbing, and smiling for the cameras. And now I see the same mayor refused to meet my fellow Hamiltonians inside city hall, after refusing to go outside to talk with them. Instead these Hamiltonians were arrested. They are called protesters. I cant help but wonder if thats a term used by the mayor and city hall to force systemic racism, yet again, on any group of Hamiltonians who just want dialogue. Three to four officers were assigned to escort each citizen away.

It is clear our Mayor lives in an ivory tower, where he refuses to face situations that are uncomfortable, raw and real in our city. Tent cities, take them down, citizens objecting, have them arrested. Im sure our mayor does not live with bedbugs, cockroaches, lack of heat or hunger, like so many of my fellow Hamiltonians do.

Yes, Im ashamed of our elected leaders. When will they lean forward and help rather then punish?

Darlene Gilbert, Hamilton

Protesters went over the line

Coffin carried to mayors house (Dec. 2)

Regardless of the borderline idiocy of this action, the protesters have exposed the emptiness of their demand which apparently is to defund the police to pay for more housing. This conflates two objectives, ensuring that probably neither one will be acted on.

This sort of zero-sum bargaining is a favourite sport of protesting types: to come up with irrelevant suggestions like I demand support for my (insert: pet project) which can easily be provided by reducing funding for (insert: something I dont need, like or respect). It is premature to assume that money could not be found to address one problem without taking it away from somewhere else. It is the job of politicians to decide how to allocate finances, and who knows, they might find a way to give more help to the homeless if someone asked respectfully. Then again, maybe the protesters real objective is only to defund the police, and the plight of the homeless is just a convenient crutch to prop up their arguments.

Defund the protesters

After reading about this idiotic, disgusting and stupid stunt, I, and a lot of other people I know, say Defund The Left!

Police actions were out of line

The actions undertaken by Hamilton Police and Bylaw to remove the protesters at city hall were unconscionable. These protesters are peaceful and responsible in their actions, and are advocating for the most vulnerable in our city.

Each and every person complicit in the despicable act of violence against the protesters should be ashamed. Amends must be made and actions must be taken swiftly to save the lives of Hamiltonians.

Police should be defunded

I saw on TV the defund the police protest. What was obvious was the large police presence when the they should have been out fighting crime. My question is where were police when excessive crowds gathered at the Ancaster Car Meet and no tickets issued?

Time to vote them all out

I applaud Laura Babcock for raising our collective concerns that city council is not listening. Kudos to The Spectator for continuing to cover the issues being ignored by most on council. It seems the only way to address these urgent issues is to vote council out. What do we have to lose?

Mardi Schwenger, Hamilton

Laura Babcock for mayor?

As I have written previously, Laura writes excellent true articles and she should run for mayor as Hamilton needs changes at the top and throughout Council.

Anti-Sommerfeld rants sound sexist

It is disturbing to, yet again, read a Letter to the Editor bashing Lorraine Sommerfeld. Similar to a letter printed some months ago, this reader has expressed outrage at Ms. Sommerfelds audacity in expressing a political opinion in her column.

I suspect that outcry would not have occurred had the writer been, say, Jeff Mahoney or Scott Radley. These readers appear to want Lorraine to stay, if not barefoot and pregnant, at the very least solely focused on her family life, her humorous and her poignant tales and memories. Heaven forbid, she dare step out into the bigger picture and share her thoughts about the goings on in our society.

I say, carry on Lorraine. I cherish your talents and am grateful you cherish your right to freedom of speech!

Please dont push me out the door

I too have had enough of Lorraines Sommerfelds political rants where she has no problem dumping dung on our premier. I do like this paper, and would like to continue supporting it but when you are wrapped in Liberal stripes like the Toronto Star the chances of getting a balanced read is nowhere in sight. Ive accepted that over the years, whether I was a subscriber or just picking it up at the store on the way to work. Please dont push me out the door.

What if Sommerfeld was male?

To the people complaining about Lorraine Sommerfelds political views: Interesting you dont have the same problem with any male columnists. The fact that you only complain when a woman does it says more about you than it does about the columnist.

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Opinion | Dec. 5: Spec readers weigh in on the defund police protests and other letters to the editor - TheSpec.com

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on December 5th, 2020

Ashamed to say Im from Hamilton

Well, Im officially ashamed to say Im from Hamilton.

In June I attended a Black Lives Matter rally at city hall. Mayor Eisenberger stood outside, hobnobbing, and smiling for the cameras. And now I see the same mayor refused to meet my fellow Hamiltonians inside city hall, after refusing to go outside to talk with them. Instead these Hamiltonians were arrested. They are called protesters. I cant help but wonder if thats a term used by the mayor and city hall to force systemic racism, yet again, on any group of Hamiltonians who just want dialogue. Three to four officers were assigned to escort each citizen away.

It is clear our Mayor lives in an ivory tower, where he refuses to face situations that are uncomfortable, raw and real in our city. Tent cities, take them down, citizens objecting, have them arrested. Im sure our mayor does not live with bedbugs, cockroaches, lack of heat or hunger, like so many of my fellow Hamiltonians do.

Yes, Im ashamed of our elected leaders. When will they lean forward and help rather then punish?

Darlene Gilbert, Hamilton

Protesters went over the line

Coffin carried to mayors house (Dec. 2)

Regardless of the borderline idiocy of this action, the protesters have exposed the emptiness of their demand which apparently is to defund the police to pay for more housing. This conflates two objectives, ensuring that probably neither one will be acted on.

This sort of zero-sum bargaining is a favourite sport of protesting types: to come up with irrelevant suggestions like I demand support for my (insert: pet project) which can easily be provided by reducing funding for (insert: something I dont need, like or respect). It is premature to assume that money could not be found to address one problem without taking it away from somewhere else. It is the job of politicians to decide how to allocate finances, and who knows, they might find a way to give more help to the homeless if someone asked respectfully. Then again, maybe the protesters real objective is only to defund the police, and the plight of the homeless is just a convenient crutch to prop up their arguments.

Defund the protesters

After reading about this idiotic, disgusting and stupid stunt, I, and a lot of other people I know, say Defund The Left!

Police actions were out of line

The actions undertaken by Hamilton Police and Bylaw to remove the protesters at city hall were unconscionable. These protesters are peaceful and responsible in their actions, and are advocating for the most vulnerable in our city.

Each and every person complicit in the despicable act of violence against the protesters should be ashamed. Amends must be made and actions must be taken swiftly to save the lives of Hamiltonians.

Police should be defunded

I saw on TV the defund the police protest. What was obvious was the large police presence when the they should have been out fighting crime. My question is where were police when excessive crowds gathered at the Ancaster Car Meet and no tickets issued?

Time to vote them all out

I applaud Laura Babcock for raising our collective concerns that city council is not listening. Kudos to The Spectator for continuing to cover the issues being ignored by most on council. It seems the only way to address these urgent issues is to vote council out. What do we have to lose?

Mardi Schwenger, Hamilton

Laura Babcock for mayor?

As I have written previously, Laura writes excellent true articles and she should run for mayor as Hamilton needs changes at the top and throughout Council.

Anti-Sommerfeld rants sound sexist

It is disturbing to, yet again, read a Letter to the Editor bashing Lorraine Sommerfeld. Similar to a letter printed some months ago, this reader has expressed outrage at Ms. Sommerfelds audacity in expressing a political opinion in her column.

I suspect that outcry would not have occurred had the writer been, say, Jeff Mahoney or Scott Radley. These readers appear to want Lorraine to stay, if not barefoot and pregnant, at the very least solely focused on her family life, her humorous and her poignant tales and memories. Heaven forbid, she dare step out into the bigger picture and share her thoughts about the goings on in our society.

I say, carry on Lorraine. I cherish your talents and am grateful you cherish your right to freedom of speech!

Please dont push me out the door

I too have had enough of Lorraines Sommerfelds political rants where she has no problem dumping dung on our premier. I do like this paper, and would like to continue supporting it but when you are wrapped in Liberal stripes like the Toronto Star the chances of getting a balanced read is nowhere in sight. Ive accepted that over the years, whether I was a subscriber or just picking it up at the store on the way to work. Please dont push me out the door.

What if Sommerfeld was male?

To the people complaining about Lorraine Sommerfelds political views: Interesting you dont have the same problem with any male columnists. The fact that you only complain when a woman does it says more about you than it does about the columnist.

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Opinion | Dec. 5: Spec readers weigh in on the defund police protests and other letters to the editor - TheSpec.com

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