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Politicians at the trough

So far none of the candidates have said what I want to hear.

"We will clean house and eliminate waste"

I think there is more than enough tax money being collected to get the job done when it comes to fixing health care, public education, etc.

There are way too many politicians at the trough, and too many administers in health care.

Too many suits in ICBC and BC Hydro. Huge salaries and undeserving bonuses. It feels like us taxpayers are outnumbered by government employees. We make the money, and they take the money.

Mick Bell



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Pot message

Mayor and Council of Kelowna:

Your decision to not allow store front marijuana dispensaries, indicating to the public they are illegal, and yes they are according to the federal governments directions and laws, is mind boggling.  

Yet, Mayor and Council, the federal government, Conservatives and the Liberals, pay for medical marijuana to a few thousand veterans who suffer with PTSD. Yes! Pay for the prescriptions for marijuana. And now tell me what the veterans who live in Kelowna and who suffer with PTSD, who placed their lives on the line for you, and all other citizens,  now you put their lives in danger and the lives of their families? 

Veterans, who amount to over 160 personnel, have committed suicide, have taken the lives of their loved ones too because governments like yourselves have taken an irresponsible decision which stops them from getting the help they need to survive. You have no balls to support your citizens and place the blame on the Feds. 

None of the veterans I know of said ‘I wont go to war and support the voting public’, yet you turned your backs on them and the rest of the citizens who suffer from trauma.

Dale Dirks



None of the above

Dear Editor:

When I contemplate the choices we have in the upcoming provincial election, I must admit I get depressed. I think we need a new category on the voting ballot entitled None of the Above.

The Liberals can be characterized as sleazy, avaricious and sneaky taxers with a conceited attitude. They are also given to flip and smart aleck sophistry instead of candid, direct answers on issues. They obviously suffer from the corruption of power.

The NDP offers promises from high ideological origin, but little common sense. Their wild spending promises give new respect to the prejudicial epithet drunken sailor by replacing it with a new one; desperate politician. They insult by then saying that they will balance the budget by taxing only rich people. This is a common phony promise used widely in politics, and the math still does not work. Then we have the Leap Manifesto that we can't get straight answers on and the intent to see a mixed member proportional vote system that is not about reforming a repellent system, but about enhancing their seat count fortunes as a perennial also ran party.

And the Green Party is, well, the Green Party.

I would just like to see for once a member of the legislature stand up and rail against the massive taxation we all endure from the three levels of government to the point of taking over half of what we earn. I would vote for that person. Excessive and growing household debt is a severe problem warns the Bank of Canada and this is not because we are all spendthrifts, it is because there simply is not enough left after taxes. But perpetually, to them, every problem has a tax solution.

So Elections BC, offer up the new category of None of the Above on the ballot. I think the chances that this category would win are good.

 

Roy Roope



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Removal of park caretakers

In a display of contempt for their communities and constituents, 8 out of 12 members of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan board voted to remove caretakers from the regional parks on Monday, April 24th. Except for Brad Sieben (Kelowna), Cindy Fortin (Peachland), James Baker (Lake Country) and Wayne Carson (northwest side), the directors ignored the over 1000 letters and petitioners, the over 70 people crammed into the board room, a delegation that outlined the concerns, research and analysis done by community members, and seven months of inquiry about the reasons for this cut to the program.   According to several people who attended the meeting, many of the directors smirked and rolled eyes, one didn’t know there were Regional Parks in Kelowna, and Chair Given even scolded the caretakers for not moving out more quickly.

We continue to ask why this cut to the program is happening.  At the moment, the “reasons” boil down to money, funny money it seems.  Presumably environmental, cultural, safety, and social reasons are of no interest to those directors who voted to cut the program.  But the “economic” reasons remain so flimsy and secretive it hard to believe anyone could take them seriously, especially our Board members who are supposedly interested in fiscal responsibility.  They cannot name a single efficiency nor point to a clear cost benefit analysis. During the public financial plan process in March, when the public asked where the mysterious savings were coming from, there was never once a clear answer given. 

Until now! At the meeting, it was announced incredibly, suddenly, and out of the blue, that the RDCO Parks would save nearly one million dollars in future maintenance of the residences of the caretakers.  Where does this bizarre and fantastical number come from?  You’d think if this huge savings was a genuine reason, back in September when they announced the cut to the program they would have trumpeted this amazing figure.  The figure is stunning since just two and a half years ago in a Regional Parks Service Review, endorsed by this very board in November 2014, the maintenance of ALL 11 of the caretaker residences was estimated to be about $80,000 over the next 20 years. Now suddenly, a whole million dollars will be saved by removing 3 or 4 of the residences. How is this even possible?  Did the parks staff lie to the Board back in 2014 or were they so incompetent they didn’t see a nearly one million dollar bill ahead of them?  Or was this million dollars just magically pulled out of a hat in the past couple of weeks once the community began to question the figures being used in the RDCO financial plan? 

This lack of responsiveness to the community - with the exception of the four members who listened and actually met with and talked to members of the public- and this lack of real financial scrutiny are very worrying.  We seem to have elected officials who will not listen to the public and who are refusing to provide any believable explanation for the decision they seem to want to make in the face of common sense and genuine community concern. 

We need a public inquiry into this situation.

Nancy Holmes



Mental illness stigma

Re:  Remembering Laura

 

By how much? Preserving how much? Why cooperate in any? Reduce it to zero on your pages.
 
I did not encounter from the Women’s Movement, “reduce” the stigma of rape, they told us point blank to stop declaring it, we had done enough harm.

Stop again, you are doing the same harm.
  • Laura was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggled with the associated stigma which left her feeling too vulnerable to openly talk about her own mental illness.
And yet we do not learn to stop associating it.
 
Stop. Who knows you might save a life, or at least contribute to saving one.
 
Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor


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