Letters: Paris feels growing pains

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Paris feels growing painsThe medical condition growing pains refers to “pains in the limbs during childhood and youth, thought to be caused by growing and rapid stretching of the body, nerves, muscles and bones”.Paris, though definitely not in its childhood, is today experiencing growing pains. For many residents our roads and downtown are straining under the number of cars and people using them and new residential developments or infrastructure improvements are everywhere.Paris is rapidly growing and being stretched. Growth is being driven by provincial edict and an accelerating movement of people from larger urban centres.Recall your own childhood/youth – growing up physically takes some years, personalities develop, interests change, mindsets are challenged and change, and experience is gained. As residents of Paris we need to accept that Paris will also take some years to grow up and we will experience further growing pains.We cannot live in the past but we can work to preserve and protect our heritage going forward and expect solutions to growth that reflect our small town character and alleviate undue stress on our systems. The county must bring forward creative and thoughtful solutions, the community must learn to accept change, and collectively …

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