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  • Cyril Rogers
    April 13, 2013 - 12:48

    With all due respect to Ms Kaminski, monolithic boards in a province with this geographic variety are only going to make a mediocre service even worse. In my experience, large conglomerates tend to go on a feeding frenzy that sees the proliferation of middle and upper management positions, coupled with empire-building by those people competing for higher salaries. The government is making a huge mistake in merging hospital boards and school boards in this province, to the extent that many areas are badly-served. Autonomy and self-determination is the mantra of this government and most federal governments........ but they don't practice what they preach. They try to impose a corporate mentality on everything and that model has serious drawbacks....but do have the financial clout to have their way. Bigger is not better when it comes to the delivery of vital services like health, education, and other public services but governments have a myopia that prevents them from looking a smaller more-streamlined and more agile entities. It destroys initiative and largely ignores the collective wisdom of local people.

  • SD Redgrave
    SD Redgrave
    April 12, 2013 - 10:12

    I wrote an article recently which focused on the philosophy of governments having skilled philosophers on staff for all the great points Gerry Phelan has brought up. Having a firm grasp on the ear of the people is paramount when you run a government or business. Clearly, Newfoundland has has let this area of political awareness slide asunder. History is their best learning tool, wishful thinking rarely comes through for the user.