Don't stop with organizers

Just a note to say that yes I believe that the person who organizes these these anti covid gatherings downtown should be fined but if you really want to get the message across that this is illegal also start fining the participants themselves and see how many will continue to come out to the parade after getting tickets after tickets.

Steve Penney


Kudos to RCMP officers

Re: Senior kept warm by police

Bravo to the police officers at Midway who took the time to cut firewood for an elderly lady. This is another example of the hope that is still out there and that is something a lot of the rest of us could maybe try to follow suit. How many of us have the ability to go out and make a difference but instead just sit back and watch the show. Thanks to kindness of those police officers I am going to leave the couch and seek out someone who could use a hand.

Bob Chesham, Lake Country

Above and beyond

I am compelled to write this because the actions of a couple of individuals at KGH, needs to be acknowledged.
My father is on 6W at KGH. 6W is the COVID ward.

He has been there for 5 or so days having had to undergo surgery for a COVID related blood clot in his leg.
Not being able to see family and friends can make a hospital stay of any duration, difficult so any type of distraction is invaluable.

My dad is a voracious reader but of course doesn't have access to his computer or the type of books he enjoys. The capper is that the only other form of entertainment, the TV, was out of commission as were many of the TVs on the ward.

The hospital staff are beyond busy caring for patients so TV repair, while important, doesn't necessarily make it to the top of the list.

We are fortunate however to have a friend who works for the contract maintenance company Black and McDonald. He was on duty last night and he stepped up in a big way when he heard of the problem.
He, through his own determination, was able to diagnose the problems they were having with several of the TVs and fix it quickly and efficiently.

The staff on the ward were thrilled at the result as were the patients who now had a means of "escape"while they went about the task of healing.

While it may sound like a small thing, it really wasn't. It was as stated in the title of this piece "above and beyond" and I and my family and especially my dad, are deeply grateful for the care and attention demonstrated by Joe McDonald (no relation to the company name) and his colleague.

It is action like this that drives home the COVID mantra "we are all in this together".

Thank you Joe. You're amazing.

And thanks to the wonderful team who are taking the absolute best care of my dad. They are brave beyond belief and we are so thankful.

Peter Haslock, West Kelowna

Don't let him back in

Every single American Congress man and woman knew the real Trump all along.

The Senate already had one opportunity to impeach him for attempting to enlist a foreign power to corrupt a democratic election, but, they decided to protect their brand, not their Constitution.

Today they have another opportunity to keep him out of politics – forever.

Will they do the right thing, or, will stupidity prevail?

If they don’t convict him, the doors will be left wide open for him to come back as the Leader of his own party and continue the destruction of the Republican party.

Andy Thomsen

Adapting education

I recently watched a story on the news that was about the need for more space for students. It raised in my mind a concept that I have not yet heard much about but feel it may have some relevance and effectiveness during these times. I am not, and will not pretend to be, someone who intimately knows the difficulties of modifying a system that is already in place but I do think that an alternative to the struggles our educational professionals and the facilities might be something to look into.

A proposal I would offer is that we divide the system into part classroom learning and part online lessons where students would be offered classroom sessions for half of the week, and online courses for the remainder of the week. For example; in the first week the student would attend classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and they would have online learning on both Thursday and Friday. There are most likely several different formulas for this equation that may prove more effective but a regular system that cooperates with both online and classroom learning could be achieved, taking the pressure off of those school districts that are in want for more physical buildings.

By adapting to this modified learning format we could not only possibly allow for; smaller class sizes providing more one-on-one attention between students and teachers, lessen the need for more schools to be built as often as needed now, still being able to have the social construct of the classroom where students learn social skills, and having a structured system that allows the parents to create a solid schedule to allow them the consistency to be able to work uninterrupted. I have heard the concerns about young children needing the social learning to properly develop the skill set that will assist them in the rest of their lives, and this concept aides to that because it is an important time for those skills to develop, but it also limits contact with others which is something that needs to be priority during the current pandemic. Under this model students would still experience social environments where moral and behavioral learning could occur, while also teaching responsibility while not immediately supervised by a teacher but still being required to do the work (not unlike homework). For older students this model would also allow them to be able to effectively manage a school/work schedule which is something many students can find challenging.

I am not sure if this is something being considered as a long term solution to a short term problem, but I know that if such a procedure had been an option when I was in school I likely would have opted for that option. I know that every student has different needs and some function better in a classroom environment, others can excel learning on their own. This is why proposing a combined system that allows the students to thrive in the environment that assists them best in their learning experience is something that I strongly feel should be considered.

Cadence Moon

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