Sweet nothings from the Alberni mayor

Catalyst filed for bankruptcy protection and all Alberni's mayor offers is platitudes. Let's see a plan, one reader says.

To the Editor,

Re: Catalyst files for bankruptcy, News, Feb. 3.

With Catalyst in bankruptcy protection and with upcoming budgetary meetings, all we’re getting from Mayor John Douglas in the Alberni Valley News and other media is repeated talk about “diversifying the economy and having reserve funds in place.”

Those funds came from overtaxation in the first place and which won’t last forever.

What we need to hear from the mayor are concrete proposals for replacing more than 300 Catalyst jobs, more than $5 million in local taxes, and many more millions spent locally by the company and its employees, to say nothing of the job spinoffs.

What we don’t need to hear at this time of community crisis are continual mayoral ramblings about diversified sweet nothings.

Richard Berg,

Port Alberni