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Open letter to Mayor and Town of Gander


Dear Editor: Recently, on VOCM's open line, Randy Simms, during one of his recurring doom and gloom prognostications for rural communities, spoke of a conversation with Gander's mayor, which painted a rosy prognosis for Gander and similar larger centres. Gander was portrayed as the type of community to which Newfound-landers would prefer to return, as opposed to outports, which do not possess the same amenities as Gander. I am very concerned about individuals using public platforms to sow seeds of doubt about the viability and desirability of rural communities. I would like the mayor of Gander, were he to have future conversations with people like Mr. Simms, to advise such prophets that Gander is like a tree in a desert - unable to grow, unless its roots are able to reach some source of substance.

Letters to the Editor - Dear Editor:

Recently, on VOCM's open line, Randy Simms, during one of his recurring doom and gloom prognostications for rural communities, spoke of a conversation with Gander's mayor, which painted a rosy prognosis for Gander and similar larger centres. Gander was portrayed as the type of community to which Newfound-landers would prefer to return, as opposed to outports, which do not possess the same amenities as Gander.

I am very concerned about individuals using public platforms to sow seeds of doubt about the viability and desirability of rural communities. I would like the mayor of Gander, were he to have future conversations with people like Mr. Simms, to advise such prophets that Gander is like a tree in a desert - unable to grow, unless its roots are able to reach some source of substance.

In Gander's case, its roots reaches out to all the outport communities from Bonavista Bay to Green Bay, being nurtured by tens or hundreds of millions of new dollars infused into its economy annually by the fishery and tourist industries.

Were those coastal communities to disappear overnight, the Town of Gander would implode. It is very disturbing to hear people on public platforms, constantly preaching the demise of rural Newfoundland.

The value of coastal communities, in terms of its people, its produce from the sea, and its tourism value is immeasurable and we should be discussing ways to keep it alive, because as goes rural communities, so goes service centres like Gander.

David Boyd

Twillingate

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