City doesn’t have the stones

The plan to move the grinding stones from the Catalyst site to Harbour Quay or the chamber of commerce is placing junk masquerading as art

To the Editor,

There is a movement afoot to remove (at significant cost) the grinding stones from the Catalyst site where they’ve stood for decades. After they were removed from Paper Mill Dam, the stones were placed in front of the pulp and paper mill’s old office. With mill expansion, they were relocated to near the new MacMillan and Bloedel office (now rented out).

It could be well argued that the pile of stones weren’t an ideal historical monument in the first place, but moving them to the grass at Harbour Quay or to the chamber of commerce site seems silly.

Another poor idea is to place various pieces of junk masquerading as art on pedestals paid for by the city up and down Argyle Street. The genius who’s pushing this idle scheme is the same guy who grabbed three parking spaces on Third Avenue for his coffee shop, thus rendering the store next door as a poor place for business.

Obviously city council has no business sense and no sense of art either, judging by the piece of junk outside city  hall. They know, however, that they can keep increasing taxes to residential taxpayers to unconscionable levels year after year instead of drastically reducing expenses.

Richard Berg,

Port Alberni

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