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Redirect bus bucks
Regarding the article Take a walk, students (July 6) about high school students who find themselves having to walk to school starting in September.
The distance criteria for being bused (or taking city transit) when I attended high school in the early 1980s was 3.4 kilometres and hasn’t changed. I applaud the school bus organization for finding the error and following the distance and busing guidelines.
Shouldn’t our elected officials be fiscally responsible in their responses? We elect MPPs and education trustees to be good stewards of the funds earmarked for education. The money saved by the school boards can be re-directed to enhanced programs for the students. These kids should be able to walk safely to school on their own.
Learn from walking
So some high schoolers will need to walk to school. With all the stories about young people’s poor health, this activity should be a benefit to them.
This is London not downtown Toronto — it’s safe and they have sidewalks to walk on. The article said adults were looking for a safe way for kids to get to school. Walking on our sidewalks and paying attention to your surroundings and not looking at your phone are safe and will be a excellent learning experience for their future out on their own.
Shopping key to core
Downtown London lacks basic shopping facilities for groceries and day-to-day items. This forces residents to travel to a shopping destination outside of the core. The density of the population of the downtown area warrants at least a grocery store and a department store.
How did the Town of Tillsonburg get it so right with the Tillsonburg Town Centre and how can London not grasp this need and then not build it? A centre would attract people to the core. Best of all, this would enable those living there to shop where they live while supporting local businesses. We don’t require further expensive studies — just common sense.
Our mayor and his council need to lead this city into a prosperous era where the population can live, work, play and shop. Build it and they will come.
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