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I have to take my hat off and commend Manteo Resort / Rykon and its ownership for re-working the plans for its new dock expansion.  It seems they revisited initial plans and considered the comments and feedback of the beach going community.  

I expect that swimmers, families, SUP / Kayak and all wind sport enthusiasts are as pleased as I am. Regardless of its legal rights and entitlement to the initial plans, it is pleasing to see a corporation open its ears and wallet to support the entire community this way.  

It would not have been cheap to take out all of the posts that blocked Rotary Beach Park, but they did it.  Thanks Manteo.

Rory Ewanchyna


Hwy. 33 closed AGAIN

My wife and I drive in from Beaverdell/Carmi every morning and see the idiots driving Hwy. 33. Do we have to wait until one of those trucks lands on a young family before something is done?

I have been driving for 47 years and drive according to road and vehicle conditions and yet these 'professional drivers' can't seem to figure out that you cant do 100 km/h in a fully loaded logging truck.

If you can somehow check accident reports you will see a lot more than even you have reported, we continually see logging and some chip truck that flip. A lot less since Chambers slowed down and Sutco started. We have been scared a couple of times by logging trucks coming around a corner partly in our lane, leaning way over.

I am very serious that someone is going to get killed by one of these guys trying to get more loads in for the day, picture a young family in a mini van getting crushed by a load of logs, hmmm. If the roads are that bad that they can’t stay upright they should use a different route.

Kelly Foy

Butt our fire starters

I just wanted to give a big 'thank you' to the two people who threw lit cigarettes out their windows on Tuesday July 22  in West Kelowna.

Firstly, to the fellow in the silver Toyota Echo near Burnett's Nursery, (you know who you are because I yelled at you for throwing a 1/2, lit, smoking cigarette out your window), I guess your ashtray was already full. 

And to the fellow in the red Dodge pickup heading up the highway to Glenrosa (who had his cigarette in his hand outside his driver's window, because I reckon he didn't want to have his shiny, new red pickup smell with smoke and then he promptly threw his cigarette out on the highway.

It absolutely amazes me how absolutely ignorant people can be with wildfire smoke all around them, 100's of families evacuated, fires STILL burning within view of where these morons threw out their still burning cigarettes, and yet, they still do it. Incredible.

I guess the 'human caused' fires can be traced to these people and the 100's who still have a blatant disregard for our province, forests, wildlife, communities, homes & families. I was evacuated for three weeks in 2009 due to the Terrace Mountain fire so I am acutely aware of being away from a home, wondering if it will be there when you return, is all about.

Maybe we'll get a chance to meet up at the evacuation center next time you are told to leave your home in West Kelowna, Glenrosa or wherever due to a fire and we can figure out why the wildfire that has you and your family displaced started,,,, maybe it was 'human caused'.

Thom Tischik


Disgusted with teachers

As a parent of a child that goes to school, I'm so disgusted with how teachers are dealing with things nowadays. We had a good couple of years at this school (Helen Gorman Elementary), but the lack in positivity and encouragement these last couple of years and the fact that the teachers are tired and "over the hill" are wearing on my nerves.

Our child is outgoing and talkative, maybe too talkative for his own good, but we are getting pushed in drugging him " as in Ritalin, etc.", because he wants to talk and goof around and not focus.

My husband was ambushed by our sons teacher and the CEA, telling us our son needs to get some medication to settle down and focus. So I ask "Why does he not have someone helping him if he is so bad", and the CEA tells me he doesn't even come close to qualifying for that. So the solution is to zombify my child so he can sit and be quiet in the classroom?

These teachers pushing these medications without even doing any kind of research on them is mind boggling to me. Now my child is going to be labeled for the rest of his time in school as being an ADHD child, not just an 8-year-old boy who can't sit still for hours at a time. Something has to change!

A. Get young vibrant teachers who have some patience and the willingness to work with high energy children

B. Make sure the teachers realize that they are TEACHERS, not psychiatrists, doctors, etc.

C. Give children time to be children, and play outside more often then is called for


​Ed note: last name withheld to protect the child's identity.


Mars bombers

Having been present at the presentation of the petition with over 18,000 signatures to Christie Clark's assistant, I was surprised all the media missed a very important point.

The Mars Bomber is the only plane that is able to drop a fire retardant gel that can prevent a home from burning. This product was not available during the 2003 fires.

I would think that many homeowners would welcome this if they were very close to where the fire was burning. The plane and this retardant has the potential to save a lot of homes and relieve many of us from the anxiety of losing our homes to wildfire.

Sincerely, Karen Abramsen

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