Mr. Vander Veen has a letter to the editor in this week’s Auroran, amounting to nothing more than a quote from American industrialist Henry Ford:
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
I agree with all three of Ford’s points but without any context it is hard to understand the thought process behind this submission other than to reinforce 3 things that were never accomplished under the leadership of 1-term Mayor Phyllis Morris during her 2006-2010 term of council.
Seeing as Vander Veen is such a prolific letter writer to The Auroran, second only to Nigel Kean, one only has to read through some of his previous contributions to fill in the blanks.
Take for example this October 2nd letter from last year when he wrote to say he was "pleased to
note that Councillor Gallo is not wavering in his stance for having voted in support for the action." : http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=4121
An action that Ontario Superior Court master Thomas Hawkins concluded was SLAPP litigation.
An action that was also the first time in Ontario a court has expressly stated a case was initiated to stifle public participation.
And an action the Town of Aurora offered a formal aapologyfor: http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=1834
Now try to reconcile the logic of supporting such a strategically divisive and repugnant action with Henry Ford’s words.
It can’t be done.
With an incoming council that includes neither Gallo or Morris the opportunity for achieving the holy trinity of coming together, keeping together and working together has never been greater for Aurora in the past 10 years.
Given Aurora’s overwhelming rejection of Morris and more recently Gallo at the polls perhaps another of Henry Ford’s quotes would explain Vander Veens’s letters:
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it."