Criticism, as Winston Churchill said, may not be agreeable but it is necessary. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. Yet every time some persnickety pundit highlights a civic flaw they’re dismissed as putting the “No” in “Nova Scotia.” It’s ironic, how negatively many folks view negative thinking. Quite juvenile, as well, to think harsh vibes alone will kill Halifax’s socio-economical buzz. So let’s cast aside all that positivity propaganda, roll up our sleeves and dig into just a few of the troubles this city is grappling with. After all, the first step is admitting you have a problem.