Re: The Leader’s question of the week.
What would have the most impact on crime in Surrey? The question is too narrow.
Yes, more police officers would help. Tougher, faster, justice system? How’s that working for us so far? Too many inmates in jails across the country have mental health issues. Is jail the place to be? More prevention programs for youth would certainly help, but so would decent housing, a living wage and more importantly, competent governance.
Governments long ago forgot that they own nothing. It all belongs to taxpayers. They forgot their fiduciary duty to consumers/taxpayers/citizens is to get the best value for our dollars.
Hundreds of millions of tax dollars are wasted each year by all levels of government while badly needed infrastructure, social services, health care and education continue to be starved of funds.
We don’t pay politicians to promote themselves, we pay them to create and sustain services that benefit society as a whole.
We don’t pay them to pat themselves on the back through advertising touting what they have done for us – they wouldn’t have to if they actually did their jobs.
Words mean nothing, let’s see some action.
Jan Crawford, Surrey