Letter: Sidewalk should be available to all

Letter writers take exception to a remark made by city staff member

We’d like to take exception to a remark made by Mr. Haddad and reported in the local papers.

His remark: Historically, no use was made of the sidewalk in front of the old post office building. For the last 25 years or more a local pastor, his wife and a group of volunteers have held weekly gospel services at that particular location.

They asked for and received permission to occupy that area on Friday nights for approximately one hour. They have faithfully done so year-round come rain, sunshine, sleet or snow. Passers by appreciated the message and the music, often joining in or requesting a favourite hymn. Should this group want to continue their outreach they will be required to find a different location.

This sidewalk is public property and should be available to all. Drug and or alcohol abuses should be dealt with by our local RCMP.

Hank and Joan Eschbach


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