Letter to the editor 1, Oct. 10, 2019
Hudson Citizens are worth it
Dear Editor, Congratulations to Hudson Town Councillors Kurgansky, Rikley-Krindle, Hutchison and Robinson for displaying great courage and leadership by voting on a draft by-law to protect wetlands in Hudson! As for the naysayers, notably Councillor Jim Duff, one could tell by his opening statement and answer to the question put to him that his mind seems consumed by fear. Mr. Duff’s reasoning for voting against the wetlands protection by-law is that protecting wetlands places Hudson in grave danger of being sued by housing developers who dislike the 30-metre buffer zone. Does this mean council must consider threats as valid elements of decision mechanism? Does this mean that citizens are not worth an extra 20 meters?
In essence, Mr. Duff is saying that Hudson cannot afford to stand up for its citizens because we are not worth it. Judging by the amount of people who signed the petition to protect wetlands in Hudson, the majority of council is undoubtedly heading in the right direction. The decision to adopt that by-law to protect wetlands stands on solid scientific and legal grounds. One can only hope that Councillors Kurgansky, Rikley-Krindle, Hutchison and Robinson will retain enough of their exemplary strength to follow through fearlessly. Benjamin Poirier