OBSERVER: Guilty of criticism, but not negativity

Grantham Journal letter.
Grantham Journal letter.

Almost everyone has access to the internet these days, and it’s amazing what you can find.

There are a number at the moment which bring back memories of Boston of earlier times through photographs and stories.

One of the first on the net was set up by the late Billy Thorn, featuring many items from the local area.

Facebook also has pages referring to Boston, two of which are Boston Memories and Boston The People.

Unfortunately, many of the comments always seem to go off at a tangent and, before you know it, there’s a full-scale debate about how Boston has changed over the years, the perceived reasons and what we should do about it. Many of the comments are classed as negative.

In the past, I have been accused many times – usually by our ‘masters’ in West Street – of being this.

Yes, I may have been guilty of criticism, but I don’t think I have ever been negative about the town itself. I have been critical about the way it is run.

I have lived here all my life and it grieves me that it has got to the state it has.

True, the council has had to cut costs – but has it really got to the stage that everything (or nearly) has to be cut?

We keep being told we have to save money; but if services are cut, and no money spent, surely we should not have to pay so much in council tax?

I would suggest that many of our problems have got worse since local government became more political; all councils used to have members who were voted on for what they could do for their town, not what they could do for their party.

In the old days, you voted for the person because you knew them – not any more.