To the Editor:
I just wanted to pass on my thanks for publishing the financial statements for the Carlington Summit in the last issue. This is the first time I can remember seeing them.
I note with some satisfaction that after printing costs, the major expense item is carrier fees. This is really good news. The fees paid to the carriers represent a redistribution of the wealth in our community. Local businesses and organizations, along with the Region and City, provide the advertising revenues which are redirected to the (mostly) young people who deliver our paper.
Your editorial asked for ideas on “how we could spend some money in support of our community.” I suggest any activities or contests which would be directed towards the youth - writing, colouring, art work, photography, community service, volunteering, and so on. For instance, the Summit could sponsor prizes or gift certificates at community events, school activities, a sports banquet, or something similar. Or perhaps a plaque or trophy for a local youth who exhibits journalistic tendencies or helps out in the community in some way.
As I am quite familiar with the amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes on in producing this paper each month, I would also support acquiring equipment or tools which would make the process of putting out the paper easier and less time consuming.
Thanks for the opportunity to comment.