Letters to the editor
Dec 8, 2013 / 9:41 am
It was nice to see former mayor Shepards' comments on saving the local rail rail line for recreation. Its true that it would nice to have biking a hiking paths all the way to Kamloops.
Let's spend tens of millions of dollars on building these trails for a handful of people.
If she was in office now she would have city staff form a couple committees and have 8 studies and it could be up and running by the next millennium.
Let's hope Tolko saw mill is still around because it will take her so long to make a decision that the trees will have grown back and the right of way will have to be logged again.
Stan Macruger Kelowna
Dec 8, 2013 / 9:34 am
Sensible BC Getting Stamped Out.
Maybe it's time Sensible BC wakes up to the fact only a very small group in BC wants to legalize marijuana. The silent majority are very aware of the harm marijuana can do to socitey.
Dec 8, 2013 / 9:32 am
Let's get rid of the overpaid government employees. Let's also bankrupt the small businesses that families in our community run. Let's ensure that similar businesses are no longer feasible for the younger generation. Let's open up the competition so that billionaires can capture that business and add even more to their obscene and unnecessary wealth. All of those former workers, business owners and their families can be hired back to work as disposable units at a fraction of their former income and security. So long as I can now buy a bottle for a buck less than before, it's not my problem.
It's pretty sad when we have no sympathy for anyone unless they are dirt poor. We cheer on the fat cats to kill off the little guys so they can bring us the same stuff for a bit less. Gut the middle class for the sake of a lower price. No matter that it's actually the circle of decent middle income that keeps the system healthy and competitive for everyone's benefit (even for those not selling booze).
If convenience and price were serious problems, the government could have simply issued more licenses to family-sized operations. More community stores and better pricing would come from that. But once the cream is taken off the top by the big boys, the specialty store's selection is often no longer feasible. So much for having an interesting place to find something unique. For that, we'll just order it online and have it packed by an underpaid and bored assembly line worker living thousands of miles away; and then delivered to the house by a miniature helicopter drone.
It's called free-enterprise. As a small business owner (but in the bookselling game), I agree that it has been a fantastic model in many respects. But surely we can see how a winner-takes-all game eventually weakens the rest of the players. When are we going to become hungry enough to swing the pendulum back closer to the middle?
Dec 8, 2013 / 9:24 am
With the proposed closure of 8 Veterans offices across Canada and ours in Kelowna being one of them, i need to speak to veterans who want to go in front of the camera and explain their displeasure with this idea. Email be at [email protected]
Dale Dirks, Veteran
Nov 28, 2013 / 1:39 pm
In response to the letter from Jim Ivanitz,
You’re frustrated? I’m now officially frustrated with you. In your third paragraph you say, “I have heard other people mostly women refer to the inside lane as the fast lane. . .” Excuse me? Mostly women? Who asked you to bring your sexist comments into a discussion about speed. Men and women speed, so before you start writing letters in caps lock to someone else, go look at statistics. And if you want any one to listen to your opinion, leave your sexist comments out of it.
If people want to speed in the “fast lane,” let them! Mind your own business. As you said, you once thought the speed limit didn’t apply to you but realized later that it indeed did. One day, those who still have a need for speed will one day get a hefty ticket that will teach them, too. Everyone knows that the speed limit is the law, but does everyone follow it precisely? No. Both men and women are making the choice to disobey the law.
Again your mostly women comment frustrates me because you once sped and you are a man. So regardless of whether or not you referred to the inside lane as a fast lane, you still chose to speed. Who cares what people want to call it; fast lane, passing lane, inside lane- it’s still speeding!
(Editor's note: author's caps lock have been removed)
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