Take a broader look
To the Editor,
Re Condo plan meets resistance:
We are not about to enter into any debate about the pros and cons of the Wallings Way proposal since we no longer live in Haliburton – but that’s part of the problem. For many years, we contributed a huge amount to Haliburton County, through our work as teachers, by shopping locally, and involvement in numerous organizations. We contributed many hours of volunteer time to make our community better, through SIRCH and hospice involvement, participation in the local food movement including helping the farmers’ market get started, representing the county on regional boards, and supporting many other efforts. However, when our house and gardens became too much to manage, we found there was nothing appropriate in Haliburton County so we relocated to Peterborough. It now benefits through our continued commitment to community.
By ourselves, we certainly aren’t a huge loss but how many people have left over the past several years because there wasn’t appropriate housing? It’s surprising how often we meet people who say, “We also moved here from Haliburton.”
So those who see developments as interfering with their lives should perhaps take a broader look at their community and recognize how additional living options contribute to a richness beyond their immediate neighbourhood.
We miss Haliburton (which is why we still get the Echo) but Peterborough too has a hospice program, Syrian refugees we can support, opportunities for volunteer tutoring, etc.
Sharon Harrison and Bob Smith