Halloween cavities?

This note is a response to “dentist will buy back candy”. What a self-serving load of hooey! A spike in cavities immediately after hallowe’en? Really? Since when do cavities form in a week?

More to the point, people usually get dental check-ups twice yearly. Does this dentist suggest he can look at a cavity and determine when it occurred?

I suspect the dentist is just trying to get cheap advertising with this shameless ploy. Actually, he did.

Jay stewart


Rest of the Yacht club story

In the early years, Okanagan Lake was the Valley’s main highway and every manner of vessel from rowboat, to scow and barge, to elegant sternwheelers, fleets of tugs hauling rail cars and eventually motorized car ferries covered both the length and breadth of the lake. The first automobiles were lashed to their decks in the early 1900s and then school desks and settlers’ possessions were carried down the lake along with dance hall pianos, utilitarian wood stoves and everything else the growing communities needed. 

All of these vessels needed places to dock and unload which were adjacent to the new settlements and orchards. Though Kelowna bought the land for City Park in 1929, the lakeshore from Bernard Avenue north belonged to the Kelowna Saw Mill with hundreds of pilings along the shoreline to tie up their tugs, anchor log booms to feed the nearby planning and saw mills and wharves so lumber could be loaded and delivered up and down the lake.

Following WWII, S.M. Simpson, the then owner of the Kelowna saw mill, entered an agreement with the City of Kelowna for the advantageous sale of the property which subsequently became known as the Simpson Covenant lands, for the use and enjoyment of the citizens of Kelowna.

About that same time, he designated a portion of the lakeshore for use as a yacht club as he was concerned that the community was not guaranteed access to this significant part of the waterfront. To ensure that the lake would be accessible, he entered an agreement with the Kelowna Yacht Club, which specified that they were entitled to use this land, in perpetuity, as long as they wished, and that it was to be available to the citizens of the community. If the Club no longer wanted the site, the land would revert to the city.

The land at the foot of what was to become Doyle Avenue was made available at no cost and it is generally understood that there would be an annual lease, payable to the city, of $1.00, but no property taxes. The “terrible eyesore” that was the original Yacht Club was a frugal attempt by a new organization to provide the community with a usable facility. Some years after the initial agreement, the club agreed to pay property taxes.

City Hall wanted the land for the extension of Stuart Park and worked with the club to both honour their long standing obligation while also achieving their aim of expanding the park. The Yacht Club endeavours to keep their fees low to be as accessible and available to as many community members as possible. They have also provided a stunning visual addition to Kelowna’s waterfront in addition to providing a number of community service activities.

A commissioned study concluded there was sufficient parking in the surrounding community to accommodate the needs of the new club and since the city is always trying to convince us to make better use of the municipal parkades, it was decided there was already adequate parking in the area.

Both City Hall and the Yacht Club are trying to respect the spirit and intent of their original agreements, undermining efforts to sort out the current challenges by providing only part of the story does not serve nor give credit to the efforts of those working to improve an unfortunate situation. 

Sharron J Simpson

WiFi an addiction

Recently I suggested to someone they not use WiFi to connect to the Internet, they were sitting next to their cable modem and would get a more stable, faster connections using a wired connection; they refused with a look of almost panic in their eyes similar to when one tries to take an addict's drug of choice away from them. 

I contacted a university professor that had studied related subjects.  Dr Lai of Washington immediately responded with a copy of a chapter in a book he had contributed to in the 1990's. Throughout the chapter there were many references to dopamine and emr radiation, enough to confirm there is association between drug responses and electromagnetic radiation.

Further search on the topic found others had noted an association between what was often called a dopamine endorphine response and wireless. The proliferation of everything wireless and the current opiate crisis have been in parallel. Is the current opiate epidemic just a coincidence. Does the association deserve  an unbiased and free of conflict of interest scientific study?  Even if the contribution was only 1%  how many lives would be saved if the proliferation of all things wireless was stopped.

Norm Ryder


Electric car dreaming

Folks, please don’t hold your breath waiting for electric cars to replace our old oil fired models unless scientists can produce some “new, very cheap abundant battery source” that does not include “lithium ion” type. 

For the electric dreamers out there, there is not enough lithium available in the world to produce one car per family in the USA, let alone the whole world.  

Lithium is an “element” found in our world and it needs to be mined, purified and controlled before it is ready to use.  If scientists cannot find another cheaper and more abundant element to build efficient batteries with, then lithium is the one element: what do you want, electric vehicles or cell phones and laptops? 

Jorgen Hansen

Another Monte lake crash

I am a class 1 driver who regularly runs this route every night have driven it 1000’s of times, I consider it to be the Nurburgring of B.C. Excessive speed and unsafe passing is a regular thing on this route, I’ve had many close head ons, drivers pass in blind corners over double solids including other freight haulers and beer cans littering the pavement.

Westwold is a 70 km zone and people drive through there at 105 all the time. This route is also a major deer traffic area, I’ve seen many incidents with deers head on and flipped over vehicles because they can’t react fast enough or they are not paying attention. 

Why is this route not enforced by police more often as I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen a police car. How many more people have to die? I myself like to crawl into bed at the end of the night.

Sean Chapin

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