What is a bigger priority for the city of Dunkirk: fixing a seawall or creating an environment for private-sector business to thrive?
After rounds of debates, it appears it may be the saving of a seawall, which comes at a cost of about $4.2 million.
We are not arguing whether the wall needs to be fixed, we are just wondering at what cost do those who pay taxes here have to pay for it to be fixed. It would have been easier - and more cost-effective to do - if the city was growing population and businesses. But for the last 40 years, that has not been the case.
Population has declined, businesses have left - and in that span of time, government has grown.
Now, council has approved the repair of a crumbling seawall. It would have been a much easier task for all had there been more private investment here.
A high tax environment, residents are still learning, prevents growth and promotes poverty. It does not, however, prevent repairs of a seawall.
Government, which has a big fist in this region, again gets what it wants.