Re. "Voting machine fight gets ugly in Anmore" (The Tri-City News, Aug. 10).
I want to thank reporter Todd Coyne for taking the time to present a balanced view of the voting machine issue in Anmore.
As one of the residents who researched the use of voting machines in other like-sized B.C. municipalities, I was very upset to see how this issue was handled by our mayor when Coun. Mario Piamonte was acting on my behalf and on behalf of citizens in attempting to ensure that all questions were answered before this bylaw was rushed into law.
When the facts are added together, what may have been a routine decision became another source of conflict.
The United Nations summarizes good governance as having the following characteristics: "It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law. It assures that corruption is minimized, the views of minorities are taken into account and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making."
It just doesn't seem that difficult to me.
Elaine Willis, Anmore