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Disappointed with vote

Let me begin by saying I am very disappointed that we did not get more NO votes in the recent referendum in Lake Country. The people of Lake Country have spoken and have given the District the authority to borrow $2.6 million to purchase the old CN railway, so we have to move on.

As for me, I have lived here all my life and will continue to make sure the District and Mayor Baker live up to their big promise that they can both fund the trail and fix up our roads, sewer and water quality. Some roads that need immediate attention are Carrs Landing Road, OK centre East Road, OK centre West Road and Beaver Lake Road. I would also like to see the District bring our water quality up to Interior Health Standards so that we won’t have to continue getting boil water notices. I have no idea how they will do all this as the District of Lake Country is behind $160 million dollars in infrastructure and is $10 million dollars in debt.

I will also make sure Duane Thompson and his Rail for Trail group live up to their claims that they can raise up to $10 million  in grants and donations to upgrade the railway in to a walking/biking trail. I also think now is the time this same group should tell us who are the two people that are donating $350,000 and do they have that money in the bank now.
 
Ron Volk
Lake Country



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BMX wonderful sport

Ever wonder what BMX means? Bicycle motocross peddle bikes, racing on packed dirt.

There is a special bond between kids and there bikes that can never be broken. Riding a bike is a rite of passage, a passport to worlds beyond the front lawns. Bikes represents fun, freedom, fresh air and everything thats good about being a kid.

What most don’t know about Penticton BMX Canada is the “Race for Life”, all proceeds from this race event are gathered and donated to B.C Children's Hospital for Leukaemia research in Vancouver. The more people we gather for this event that anyone with any bike can race, the more money our children have for research. We love our kids and we want them well.

Biking is a healthy pastime that kids will never out grow. Let's provide them them with options for riding. When my family joined the Penticton BMX Club our first race was free and thats all it took for my boys to be hooked. We where never more welcomed by any other sport than the BMX Family, it’s a special bond all the kids and parents get to help each other. I am thankful for all the efforts that are put into running this non-profit organization. The families and the members do an outstanding job.
 
We are know heavily involved in BMX and are never more happier to see that snow melt for us to hit the track for training. Our races are fun and our children are never more happier.

A standard-length BMX track with ample parking allows us to host provincial and national events. These events are fun and great for seeing families you know and welcoming newer ones into your lives. Nationals are for the more serious rider, meaning our riders train daily are to bed early and rising with the sun and training for that days racing. and the races are exhilarating.

These events bring in many families to the sport,which in turn help our local economy. 

Join us on any Thursday race night. Your first race is always free, we register at 5:30-6:00pm. or if your just coming to watch we race at 6:15pm. The little ones make you feel that there's not a care in the world, and there shouldn't be for them. Long live BMX.

Proud BMX Mom

Vanessa Gonzalez



Left lane driving

Driving in the left lane - It’s a matter of your integrity and driving skills.

It’s ironic that the BC Government’s in the process of introducing legislation to ticket drivers hogging the left lane, and Kelowna has so called “professional” drivers, who practice this dangerous action as part of their daily driving duties.

I’m talking about our city bus drivers. I drive the bridge every day and shake my head in awe that a “professional” driver requires 2.7 km’s to initiate a left turn into probably one of the longest advance left turns lanes in all of Kelowna entering our downtown.

Yes they’re doing the legal speed limit the entire way across the bridge, but that still doesn’t make it a safe practice. Right or wrong the dynamics of driving have changed. The left lane has become the “fast” lane. The argument, “I’m doing the speed limit”, doesn’t hold merit, if a dangerous pin ball game is happening behind you.

I don’t want to paint all the bus drivers in Kelowna with the same “unprofessional” brush. I did observe one bus driver on a Wednesday afternoon travel the entire bridge in the right lane, calmly and professionally merge into the left lane, and then take the exit. As a previous Canadian Defensive Driving Course instructor I was proud of his skill and attention to his surroundings he demonstrated

Finally, and this is directed at all drivers. If you really believe, that because you’re doing the speed limit it’s your "right" to hog the left lane, and you really don't care if an accident happens behind you, then a long look in the mirror questioning your personal integrity maybe something you should undertake. I want to arrive home safely and not become a statistic as a result of your poor judgement.
 
Patrick Newton



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National debt

It is irresponsible government to tell Canadians our books are balanced when the harper government has added to our national debt 300 billion dollars. How can we be balanced when we are so far in debt? Why do we have to borrow from the contingency fund 2 Billion dollars and at the end of this budget show we have a revenue of 1.4 billion. Why did we have to borrow 2 billion in the first place? This is not logical and makes one wonder how really bad off we Canadians are under the Harper Government, of which MP Ron Cannan is a part of. Read the chart.
 
Dale Dirks



Seniors stand to benefit

Re: Seniors stand to benefit

Yes they do and just to show you how much, I will borrow 10 grand from anyone who will give me money at no interest so that i may invest it in my future. The seniors that i chum with are barely making ends meet so how do we invest $5,500 dollars let alone adding another $4,500 to that tab. Just asking.
 
Dale Dirks  



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