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Marystown’s decision not to host Targa NL stages


I have sympathy for the citizens of Marystown who had their rights abrogated by the Marystown Council.

Editor;

Thousands of citizens in Marystown annually exercised their right to spectate a fabulous and exciting event – Targa NL. They had the right to choose to watch or not to watch. They lost that right – now they don’t get to choose at all. 

The citizens had their personal abilities judged by council. The citizens are capable of exercising good judgment about safe viewing locations and, for a decade, demonstrated this ability.

They should be insulted by council’s inference that they are not capable. 

Too bad Mr. Pittman’s efforts were not applied in a more positive manner. He expended much effort to document activities. 

A more positive approach would have been to correct the perceived inadequacies when he encountered them. 

Marystown has presented itself as an unwelcoming and staid town. This decision will affect the whole area. Regardless of the intent of council’s decision, it sent a message to the world of ‘we don’t want you’.

The Burin Peninsula has much to offer visitors – beautiful scenery, a lovely golf course, pristine rivers, well-appointed and exceptionally clean accommodations like Long Ridge Cottages, and much more.

Unfortunately, prospective visitors will choose a more welcoming atmosphere in other areas.

The area will only attract positive attention if it exercises positive efforts. My condolences to those who work so hard to create positive and attractive elements only to have them unceremoniously crushed.

Sincerely,

Janet Brake

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