I’m sure it comes at no surprise that often the “truth” we hear is not the whole truth. If we want to make good choices and good decisions, it is necessary to hear the most we can on any particular issue. So often, especially in the media, we hear only a small amount of the real story. We base so many of our opinions on this!!
As a prime example, as I recall, it was reported by the long standing newspaper in town, that the operation of the Lacombe Memorial Center was costing the City of Lacombe around $1,000,000.00 each year. As reported, that was the truth, but in actuality only half the story. This information makes it sound like that building is outrageously expensive to operate and maybe we should consider alternate options. This made for a good story! Reporters often need to craft stories to sound so much better, “grandstanding” I call it, to have the story read and therefore, as a result, potentially even create some controversy which in turn creates more stories to report! Are they doing their job, yah, probably, but we do deserve more information!
Now for the rest of the story! In actuality, the LMC does cost the city around $1,000,000.00 per year, but the city also receives revenue on this amount to the tune of around $600,000.00, so therefore the net cost is really just under $400,000.00. WOW, what a difference that would have made in the story. Not near the same impact!
This type of “truth” has happened over and over again in the last three years! As citizens of Lacombe, you have the right to ask questions and get the truth! So many times during the last three years, I have heard comments about what was reported, particularly in a newspaper, so I told the “rest of the story” to make ensure each person was more informed. The City has initiated the use of social media including a blog and uses a local paper with information on two full pages regularly. If you want to know, start with these sources, and you can always contact myself or any other councilor and/or the mayor. Council also holds ‘Coffee with Council” twice yearly.
I want to be open and honest to our citizens about the operation of the City of Lacombe. That is part of my job as a city councilor. I am asking you to re-elect me, Peter Bouwsema, to council on October 21st so I can continue to do that.