Dear Editor,There has been quite a hubbub coming from City Hall of late, regarding the celebration of the 175th anniversary of Georgetown becoming a city, and quite a significant milestone it is.Clearly, however, the planners are lacking in depth of intellect, emotion, and/or knowledge.I would like to express my considerable disappointment that rather than our City planners finding ways to honour the past, to celebrate the present, and to dream about the future while drawing in community members of every age, creed and background, they have instead opted to make the celebration into a big bacchanal, with beach parties and cooler fetes, big ticket dinners and cocktail receptions.Had those City Hall planners been interested in maximum appeal, they would have included a wide spectrum of citizens on their Anniversary Planning Committee, and hosted a city-wide brainstorming session prior. But no, they instead decided to throw together a few of their own, who clearly lack vision and savoir vivre.Why are they not having a parade featuring Georgetown’s oldest and newest inhabitants as grand masters? And why did they not encourage the school bands, youth groups, the Girl Guides, Scouting troops and local celebrities to participate?This anniversary should be used to celebrate our past accomplishments, the resilience of our people, and to set the course for our future; instead, the focus seems to be plain revelry or a valedictory celebration for the Mayor and her sidekicks.I believe this anniversary is a tremendous teachable moment, an opportunity to introduce citizens to, and remind them of, the uniqueness of this city. It is a chance to partner with the people and to encompass all aspects of what it means to live and work in Georgetown.Will they be opening their municipal archives, located on Water Street, for schoolchildren to visit? With an entire Public Relations Department in place, will they produce a proper 175th commemorative magazine?They talk of using the anniversary to boost tourism in Georgetown; how will this be done?Will they be hosting exciting and educational city tours? Have they encouraged the diaspora, who once lived in Georgetown but who now live overseas, to visit for the anniversary?There is need for a city-wide historical symposium; there is need for a city-wide art festival to mark the anniversary, and there is need for a city exhibition.Come on, Madam Mayor, a city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the breadth of its vision and the height of its dreams.Sincerely,Amber Valentine
1 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keanemartin o’n Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane were involved in a road traffic accident on Tuesday, though it was confirmed the pair were not seriously hurt.The Football Association of Ireland announced the incident in a post on its Twitter feed, and a team spokesperson confirmed all involved avoided serious injury and were able to return to the team hotel.The FAI stated on Twitter: “The ROI management team were involved in collision on M50 earlier.“Vehicle was rear ended in traffic. They have returned to the hotel and have been seen by the team doctor.”A spokesperson said O’Neill and Keane were accompanied by coaches Seamus McDonagh, Steve Guppy and Steve Walford at the time of the accident.The worst any of the five suffered were minor injuries, the FAI confirmed, with the team doctor able to look after their scrapes.The accident comes ahead of the Republic’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.The M50 motorway in Ireland runs in a C shape around much of Dublin.