Actions would speak louder than grumbling on downtown revitalization

Since when is a tourism department the entity to install Christmas lights? Do you believe that that is appropriate spending of tax dollars?

To the Editor,

Re: Downtown needs some bright ideas, Letters, Jan. 6.

I love a lively city and I enjoy a lively debate, but in recent weeks I have seen nothing but griping in the newspapers. Sure there are issues that need discussing, but hollering that Tourism Nanaimo failed or that the conference centre needs to be closed shows lack of understanding. Since when is a tourism department the entity to install Christmas lights? Do you believe that that is appropriate spending of taxpayer dollars? If you believe that the downtown area is a dead zone why don’t you come downtown and liven it up a bit?

To those folks who keep on reiterating that we need a major attraction(s) in Nanaimo in order to attract visitors, do some research. Just stop blabbing nonsense and actually read some material on what it takes to be a successful place that attracts visitors. Instead of yelling to shut down the convention centre, why don’t you invite your colleagues, organizations you belong to, or businesses you communicate with to visit Nanaimo and have their next meeting here.

Don’t exercise your freedom of speech until you have exercised your freedom of thought.

Leo Boonvia e-mail