A letter in support of Carbonear mayoral candidate George Butt Jr.

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Attention taxpayers of Carbonear. A couple of months ago, the citizens went to the polling stations to elect a mayor and councillors.

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At that time, Sam Slade won the vote for mayor. Shortly after that, Sam Slade resigned and George Butt Jr. became acting mayor, only to be sideswiped by (fellow councillors) Ed Goff, Ray Noel and David Kennedy. 

In my opinion, these three councillors took their direction from (another mayoral candidate), Ches Ash, to call an election for mayor.

This election is a total waste of taxpayers' money. I think to the tune of $8,000.

One has to understand the town is always in the red, so the taxpayers have to borrow this money for a mayoral election. Also, 72 per cent of taxes paid to the town are paid by seniors 65 years and over. We as taxpayers have to pay interest on this borrowed money. Money we do not have.

The decision made by these three councillors — Goff, Noel and Kennedy — was ill-conceived.

In my opinion, the three councillors mentioned wanted this election because they wanted Ches Ash to be mayor. This will not happen this time around.

It was mentioned in The Compass that the mayor should have the experience to be an ambassador for the town.

As a member of the Lions Club, George Butt has been an ambassador for the Town of Carbonear for over 40 years. He has met with mayors, prime ministers and premiers from all over the country, engaging in conversations pertaining to the good work done by the Lions Club in Carbonear.

One had to understand — it was never mentioned by Goff, Noel and Kennedy — that George Butt played a pivotal role in obtaining $50,000 from the Carbonear Lions Club to give to the taxpayers of Carbonear for a skate board rink for the youth of our town and surrounding area.

Neither did Goff, Noel, Kennedy or Ash mention that George Butt played a pivotal role after receiving a request from an organization in Carbonear to the Lions Club for a donation so as the non-so-fortunate people could have a Christmas dinner in the Town of Carbonear.

If one can't call that an ambassador, I really don't know what you could call it.

I will admit that all the members of the Lions Club in Carbonear were in favour of the above mentioned, including myself.

I don't think George Butt likes to be in the limelight. But I know that he does a considerable amount of work behind the scenes for the Town of Carbonear.

— Thomas Reynolds writes from Carbonear

Organizations: Carbonear Lions Club, The Compass

Geographic location: Carbonear

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  • Darrell Swain
    February 03, 2014 - 17:12


  • ave joe
    January 31, 2014 - 20:32

    Boy the knives are coming out. I know all the individuals involved and none deserve the degree of negative comments made. Anyone who runs for small town municipal office and give up their time for public service, should be given some credit. That being said I do believe that George will be the next mayor.

  • Mr. Observer
    January 30, 2014 - 18:37

    A fine letter, and well said, Mr. Reynolds. George Butt was a Town builder when Eddie Goff, and Kennedy were still in pampers. As for Noel, he was still playing with his rattle in his crib back Harbour Grace South where the Noels came from before they emigrated to Carbonear, so they could avail of water and sewer services in Carbonear, and join the 20th. century. Goff, Kennedy, and Noel are self serving people. Look at the number of times they have to leave council meetings because of "conflict of interest." We all know what "conflict of interest" is! That's the trouble. They think the average person in Carbonear is stupid! Unfortunately, they may be right to some degree, because how could they have voted in these three stooges... Larry, Curly and Moe! Giv'em hell, George Butt! You got my extended family's vote!

    • Factual
      January 31, 2014 - 10:49

      What a pile you have shovelled today. Can't seem to think where you got your info. One thing is right, people are in conflict because they can not vote on a motion before council that will see upgrades to the roads to their own property or of direct family members. Thus when work on London Road, the Valley Road etc were completed, they could not vote. Just like Sammy Clause could not vote on Bunkers hill or George Butt on Butt's Ave. Not that I need to mention this, as the average Joe knows this info. Pls remove your head from the snow bank, and Get a Grip.

  • Leo
    January 30, 2014 - 09:54

    It was nice to donate the money for a skate board park. I wonder where all the remaining money from the sale of the $300,000 plus building went to? I'd say conventions and dinner meeting are more plentiful. Simple noting why you think one guy is better than the other would suffice, please don't be immature by throwing insults or be condescending remarks. That being said, George has done a lot for people in the area, as have other councillors "Tom", so lets not get into a who said she said scenario, because hurtful things might be said.

    • Think then Speak
      February 01, 2014 - 00:31

      Get your facts straight. From what I understand, The Lions club have now focused more on donations and fund raising due to the fact that they no longer have a building. There is also a very small group of them now, as they are all older. George Butt has been the Lions Club and other organization s for the last 30 years or more. Every Xmas, they make donations to the less fortunate and elderly, and they donate to charity on a regular basis because they can. I can tell you for a fact that there are no "dinner meetings" like you think and I would take a guess and say perhaps about 2 (if that) conventions a year with a very small few people attending from their fold. They have a Xmas get together with their members the same as every other business and organization does each year. I am NOT a member of the club. Just a by stander who is aware of how it works and knows some of the members personally. However, each is entitled to their opinion I suppose.

  • Mary Fagan
    January 29, 2014 - 12:19

    I think George butt is a fine man and a gentleman I think the people of carbonear would be blessed to have such a person as mayor .

  • Supporter
    January 29, 2014 - 07:09

    Is this the same Dean who has a letter in the compass noting that council has refused his permit to change the use of his building? How shall we learn? But yes Tom is was nice of the Lions Club to donate $50,000 of the $300,000 plus sale of the building for the new school, considering the money could have been used elsewhere.

  • Walter White
    January 28, 2014 - 21:55

    Sorry, this is a democracy and I'm entitle to cast my vote against George Butt for mayor. Also highly doubt he's met with "Prime Ministers."

  • Charmaine
    January 28, 2014 - 18:04

    Very well said. Good Luck George Butt in the Election, we know you are the man for the job.

  • Tax Payer
    January 28, 2014 - 16:26

    Can not find much wrong with this letter, congrats for having the courage to write it, the threee (3) mentioned above should take the opportunity to look in the mirror and make the hard decision ( but the correct decission ) to give up their chairs at the council table.

  • Tax Payer
    January 28, 2014 - 16:23

    Can not find much wrong with this letter, congrats for having the courage to write it, the threee (3) mentioned above should take the opportunity to look in the mirror and make the hard decision ( but the correct decission ) to give up their chairs at the council table.

  • Tax Payer
    January 28, 2014 - 16:20

    Can not find much wrong with this letter, congrats for having the courage to write it, the threee (3) mentioned above should take the opportunity to look in the mirror and make the hard decision ( but the correct decission ) to give up their chairs at the council table.

  • The Truth
    January 27, 2014 - 21:03

    Great advice from a man who served and was served at the Lions Club. The group was well compensated for their hard work. Tom money is not borrowed to cover the budget, tax payers pay for it, if it is not raised through taxes, then it can't be spent, NL gov rules. Ask Sammy, then again forget it, he probably don`t know. Get a grip, not even close to 72% is paid by seniors. a full 50% comes from commercial taxes. Then the younger higher paid residents with bigger homes paid the majority. Stop your fear mongering and believing the crap feed to you. Listen to the news and view the council minutes, budgets etc. By the way, I seen the pope, premier, US president and Sammy Clause and I am not a good candidate for the mayor. You are so out of touch.

  • Burke
    January 27, 2014 - 20:46

    Ges, Dean just read an article form another Dean complaining this council would not let him proceed with a change to his building on water street. This council is doing what they want and you and the business in town will pay for it.

  • Dean J. Penney
    January 27, 2014 - 19:29

    Well said..."here, here".....