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Grow up Canada Post

Jun 28, 2016 / 2:17 pm
I'm getting sick and tired of these crybabies going on strike every other year for more raises. If you can count to ten, you can deliver the mail. It doesn't take a genius to walk a couple of blocks and drop off parcels. Get your act together Canada Post, and grow up! Marianne...

Hot weather, cold hearts

Jun 28, 2016 / 2:10 pm
Recently, I had a medical scare which was life or death. I suffer from COPD and ran out of my medication. I went to London Drugs to see if there was anything I could use as a substitute until I could see my doctor, but nothing is available. I returned to my vehicle and started to gasp for air,...

Mail strike

Jun 27, 2016 / 2:43 pm
I mail one letter to B.C. Housing once a year in June. The rest of my mail is paperless so an impending mail strike will likely have no impact on me. Lloyd Dyck

Double standards

Jun 27, 2016 / 12:19 pm
I was out for a cruise on Wednesday night with my family and we parked by the lake in Peachland for a picnic. When we returned to the vehicle there was a bylaw officer by my car in the process if issuing a ticket for parking in a "small car space”. I had noted when parking that the...

Fearful in Britain

Jun 27, 2016 / 12:13 pm
I think that the Headline "Canadians fearful in Britain" is somewhat premature and exaggerated. The voting result announcement is less than 24 hrs old and no-one really knows what's next. Whatever that is, it will take about 2 yrs for the process to take place. I believe the...

History is a teacher

Jun 23, 2016 / 11:50 am
I feel the ship (Fintry Queen) should be saved and used. It is part of Kelowna’s heritage. History is a teacher for all people. Liz Gerlat

The invitation is the same

Jun 21, 2016 / 10:24 am
In response to Mr. Buckna's letter, "Smith's failed prophecies" on June 17th. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe the original Church that Christ founded fell away into apostasy, thus, a Restoration was required. Joseph Smith, Jr. was the...
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Dying with dignity

Jun 17, 2016 / 5:07 pm
In the dying with dignity debate, most people who are being vocal are advocating for Advanced Directive. Advanced Directive is exactly what it sounds like; you are able to say, in advance of any medical issues, that when I reach a certain point in my illness, and if I do not have the ability or...

Court action by veterans

Jun 17, 2016 / 5:03 pm
The election of Steve Fuhr as our new MP allowed me to think we have finally a person, a veteran himself, who will finally get something done for veterans. Heaven knows we have had 10 years under Harper, and I don't blame Ron Cannan as his hands were tied just as Steve Fuhrs hands are when it...

Bike Safe Clinic

Jun 17, 2016 / 4:56 pm
On June 4th, Interior Health Emergency Network & Trauma Services held their second annual Bike Safe clinic at City Park. We feel it’s important to provide injury prevention education and awareness to our community members as we have approximately 37,890 head injuries in BC each year. That...

Scooter laws

Jun 16, 2016 / 1:59 pm
Re: No laws for scooters Some people are dangerous (to themselves and others), no matter what type of vehicle they’re operating. That said, there are rules concerning the use of what some people incorrectly call ‘Scooters’ (the three and four wheel electrically powered...

Coyotes are no threat to us

Jun 16, 2016 / 12:11 pm
Re: Aggressive coyotes sighted I was reading your letter about the "aggressive" coyotes with a little amusement, but mostly the urge to educate you about wildlife. Coyotes are a wild animal, which will protect it's young at any cost. This being said, if your dogs got too close to a...

Smith's failed prophecies

Jun 16, 2016 / 11:51 am
In his June 10 letter (Thoughts on His nature), Dustin Lee Burnham quoted from the Mormon's Doctrine & Covenants 30:22, which states in part: "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's." But Jesus said about his Father: "God is Spirit, and those who...

Open up our shoreline

Jun 15, 2016 / 3:30 pm
Little known fact: It's illegal for most lake-front homeowners in Kelowna to block you from walking along the foreshore in front of their houses. The foreshore is the strip of beach that lies between the lowest and highest lake levels - in some places it's about 10 feet wide. If...

Aggressive coyotes sighted

Jun 15, 2016 / 3:26 pm
I’m sending this note to hopefully get the word out and warn other hikers. A friend and I, along with two large dogs, came across coyotes at approx. 6pm while hiking in the Rose valley area. Both of my dogs were off-leash and the larger shepherd took off over the hillside. Several minutes...

Graphic protests

Jun 15, 2016 / 3:15 pm
I am aware that the debate on abortion is a somewhat difficult matter. No matter what you do or say, the people you argue with will never seem to see your side. And it's frustrating, to say the least. But I grudgingly accept that people are always going to have different opinions, and...

Thank you Special Olympics

Jun 15, 2016 / 3:09 pm
A heartfelt thanks to all Motionball participants, volunteers and supporters. Despite the cold and wet weather conditions, your community spirit toward this great cause unrelentingly sparkled through your radiant smiles and created not only a very memorable day of raising fund for the Special...

No laws for scooters

Jun 15, 2016 / 2:50 pm
The afternoon of April 27th, I was in a scooter versus pedestrian accident while walking down the sidewalk on 27th street in Vernon. I was hit from behind, and suffered a broken right wrist, which subsequently required surgery. I am writing this letter to thank all of the people who came to my...

Where are the cops?

Jun 14, 2016 / 11:23 am
While most are in deep sleep, criminals on bicycles and electric scooters are stealing anything and everything they can throughout the streets of Kelowna. Your yard is being scoped out in the daylight hours by thieves, so make sure items of interest are out of sight. While the RCMP are...

Extremists

Jun 14, 2016 / 11:17 am
Over the weekend we watched in horror as yet another senseless mass murder occurs to innocent people who were out at a nightclub in Orlando. Each week, we watch the news from Belgium, London, Paris, Philippines, Egypt, Africa, the USA, and even Canada. Ordinary people at concerts, airports, bus...

Fresh fruit 4 kids

Jun 14, 2016 / 11:13 am
I came across this display at the Glenmore IGA in Kelowna and it made me smile! What a great way to start the discussion. The photo says it all. Cheers to the store owners & staff! So awesome to see. Suzanne Chavarie

A doggone good location

Jun 13, 2016 / 11:41 am
The best and most logical location for a waterfront dog park is at the south end of City Park next to the bridge. Unfortunately, it was excluded from the options being considered because of water quality issues that might impact the rest of the beach in the park. This concern needs to be fully...

Rail Trail will cost more

Jun 13, 2016 / 11:37 am
I read with interest Ron Seymour’s story in the Saturday Okanagan Paper “Old railway corridor turning into a freeway at night.” This was one of the big concerns myself and over 1,100 other people had with the purchase of the old CN rail corridor for a trail. In a meeting we...

Driver beware

Jun 13, 2016 / 11:18 am
My car is severely damaged on the driver side because an elderly lady decided the parking lot was a free for all and rammed my car. I was parked inside the lines, just putting my seat belt on and thankfully all I suffered was a sore shoulder and some leg pain. We see all this criticism of...

Hot island effect

Jun 13, 2016 / 11:09 am
I truly do not understand the rationale of the City of Kelowna’s Planning Department. High density buildings and businesses are eagerly approved for downtown with no consideration for access or parking, or the “hot island effect”. When the Marriott wants to build a hotel on a...

Problem is created by us

Jun 13, 2016 / 11:05 am
In reply to: Gas prices - again To the person who wrote the letter complaining about gas prices. You (and me and everyone who lives here) are the reason our prices are higher than most places. Demand drives prices and Kelowna likes to drive. I don't drive a lot as I work from home,...

Perplexed by School Board

Jun 10, 2016 / 9:45 am
The School Board has confirmed that they do not support the appointment of a special advisor as per the offer from the Ministry. Does the Board know the difference between the role of an Ombudsperson and a Special Advisor? I’m perplexed. The Board Chair’s statement in the media...

Thoughts on His nature

Jun 10, 2016 / 9:41 am
This is in reply to the letter "What is the Father's nature?" written by Mr. David Buckna. First off, I would like to thank you for your letter of inquisitiveness. I'm a firm believer in learning about other people's cultures, faiths and religions. I learned some insightful...

Rules of the road

Jun 10, 2016 / 8:00 am
What are the real rules for bike lanes? I drive for a living and see it all, and would like to know what the actual rules are. Who is allowed in bike lanes? Bikes, skateboards, runners, scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, turning cars? That being said, who is allowed on the road? Scooters,...

Driving is a privilege

Jun 9, 2016 / 1:17 pm
Re: No right to drive Kudos to the gentleman who wrote this letter. It was very well said and so true of the "New" drivers on our roads. Driving is a privilege that cannot be stressed enough. I see near mishaps or stupid driving everyday and when I look, yes there is a...

Gas prices - again

Jun 9, 2016 / 11:12 am
I have written numerous times about our high gas prices in the Okanagan and will continue to do so until we can get at least a response from our elected MLA's. We're at the mercy of the oil companies and we're paying the highest price for gas in North America. What the hell is wrong...

What is the Father's nature?

Jun 9, 2016 / 11:05 am
A 3-day Jehovah's Witnesses convention begins Friday (June 10) at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. They believe God the Father alone is Jehovah. From jw.org: "Above all, we want to honour Jehovah, the God of the Bible and the Creator of all things. We do our best to...

No right to drive

Jun 8, 2016 / 12:12 pm
To the young lady with the N on her car driving through the Hwy 97 construction zone at Leathead road on June 7 at 11:30 p.m. You were doing at least 80 kph in a 50 kph construction zone. Are you are aware that there was a fatality in this very area caused by the same behaviour you...

Smoking while working

Jun 8, 2016 / 10:48 am
I understand that it is the time for road construction in cities up and down the Okanagan. What I don't understand is why I see so many workers smoking out there, not on breaks. No one is allowed smoke at work, parks or public places. So why is it ok for them? Robert Jackson

West Kelowna roads unsafe

Jun 8, 2016 / 10:44 am
West Kelowna, I have to wonder what you were thinking when you started to do the blacktop on the highway. Did you forget something? Perhaps the yellow line in the middle to divide the lanes? Paint for the shoulder? Adequate lighting? I am appalled and dumbstruck as how you think those...

Ali was 'the greatest'

Jun 6, 2016 / 2:18 pm
Ali’s connection with Canada also included fighting an exhibition ten rounder. He fought two separate opponents, five rounds each, in Calgary Alberta. I know because I was ringside at this event. He was roughly ten feet from me and tremendous figure of a man. Two reasons that I was...

'All else is voluntary'

Jun 6, 2016 / 2:05 pm
With every Census year that comes by, there seems to be a lack of uncertainty as to what information is required to be provided, or should be provided, and what information is voluntary. The federal Statistics Act provides that clarity in sections 8 and 31, which are included herein. Section...

Dog beach consultations

Jun 6, 2016 / 1:38 pm
Kelowna's dog park survey has progressed to consulting local residents. If locals say "no" to the proposed dog beaches, the issue may be shelved for years. If "yes", the City may claim time, perhaps years, to find development funding for the dog beaches. That...

Taxpayer's money

Jun 3, 2016 / 5:23 pm
I strongly object to the City Council subsidizing (City Hall and Airport) golf tournaments for the rich and famous at Gallagher's Canyon golf coarse. If this tournament needs subsidizing let the Chamber of Commerce have at it. It is just a demonstration of how out of touch the city is...

Opposed to injection site

Jun 3, 2016 / 5:03 pm
I am opposed to establishing a safe injection site in Kelowna, because I believe the money would be far better spent on actual rehab facility or upgrading access to mental health facilities. Information I have been able to glean is that many addicts suffer from mental health issues. The...
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