I would like to commend Mike Maslen for his letter in the Citizen. He wrote what a lot of people think about but do not have the courage to write about. The city’s bureaucracy, bloated salaries, and people using Prince George as a stepping stone.
I still look forward to reading the Citizen and I still do business downtown. About a week ago, I was coming out of our great bakery on George Street when I had a young man come up to me and wanted me to give him money. He said he was hungry.
When I was young and I was hungry, I went to work at Lloyd’s Drive Inn, I didn’t go out trying to bum money off of old ladies who have worked hard all their lives. I told the young man the Fire Pit was across the street and they have free food. He said yes but they are not open.
I grew up with a father that told me the world doesn’t owe you a living. We have a downtown that is full of people from all over that feel Prince George taxpayers owe them everything from food to housing to cleaning up their garbage. They feel we owe them a living.
I feel so sad when I go downtown and see the sorry state it’s in and wonder how did we let it get into this deplorable condition.
How can we bring new businesses to the downtown when the faithful ones we have and need to support have to put up with so much crap?
I would love to see a vibrant downtown with entertainment, residential and retail but to get that we have to get our downtown back.
We need a leader that cares about Prince George and wants to live here and make our city vibrant and safe and do something about our downtown before it’s totally turned into East Hastings.
Anyone up for the job?