As all readers will be aware, 2008 was the beginning of the worst economic downturn we have experienced since the Great Depression. Governments were affected worldwide. Unfortunately, gaming-grants funding for the arts and other sectors was reduced in reflection of the difficult economic times. We have since added funding to the Community Gaming Grants program, bringing the total amount to $135 million for each of the last two fiscal years.
Diana Van Tiel [Voters' count only half calculated, March 22 Letters, Langley Advance] obviously subscribes to the three monkeys' "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" theory, but for those of us who inhabit a somewhat imperfect world, our letters to editors try to point out some of our local imperfections - such things as onerous property tax increases that cause hardship for many residents, ridiculous traffic intersection changes like 56th Avenue at Langley Bypass, and an ever-encroaching urban blight that is eating away at what little farmland we have left.
Did I actually read a comment from Township Councillor Steve Ferguson to the effect that now is not the time to consider cutting back on council's salaries [Council considers rising dough, Jan. 26, Langley Advance]?
sen. "Following the recent economic downturn, we are seeing a return to stable market conditions and a continuance of low interest rates."