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Opinion: Lembergs needs money as desperately as a drowning man needs a lifebuoy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhy do the Union of Greens and Farmers and Aivars Lembergs need the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry? This ministry is needed to save Ventspils from extinction. Aivars needs money as desperately as a drowning man needs a lifebuoy, believes opera art patron Dainis Kalns.

«There is also something wrong with the creation of new factories. Only thing left is to request money from the state and Europe. And the method is really quite simple. Take away EPRDM from the National Alliance. It seems that Aivars has looked up Kaupens’ biography. What we see is something incomprehensible – actions of other parties allow for the possibility of having a person who is accused of serious crimes to play the main role in the formation of the government. It is nothing short of spinelessness and laughing in the face of our country’s laws. It is unfortunate that the President is basically spineless, because he allows Aivars to swing the doors to his office,» – he said in an interview to Delfi.

According to him, during the TV pre-election debates, Lembergs (who referred to himself as Mayor of Ventspils) tried his hardest to promote Ventspils: how life is perfect there and what a good manager he is. Unfortunately, a weekend spent in the city proves this wrong and creates a sense of disappointment.

«Silence in the Jūras vārti culture hall and silence in the culture centre of Ventspils. What about cinema? No information about it. No basketball games. What to do? Drive back to Riga? It does not seem correct, because the hotel was booked in advance. Only thing left is a romantic dinner – we walked along the sea all the way to Venta Riga. But wouldn’t you know it? The café on Vasarnicu Street is closed and so is the restaurant on Saules Street; a layer of dust on windows and doors.

We noticed several other closed cafes in the city centre. What we saw there allows us to make a conclusion. This conclusion is that residents have left Ventspils, and those who remain cannot afford to come to these places. No lights in many windows of apartment buildings also neatly demonstrated that this city of the future is not very populated,» – says a witness.


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