Letter: Be kind to others

Be kind to others

I read Howie Hewgill's letter in which he points out that a lot of what he, and the rest of us for that matter, are reading and most importantly, how negative a lot of it is.

It's not hard to understand that people are frightened and often, where there is fear, there is anger and it is, for some, natural to want to lay blame, point fingers or generally criticize those who are at the forefront of the situation because that's who they see.

Anger and frustration though are the real enemy here. Nothing positive comes from negative emotion. 

We are going to get through this. we are going to be changed because of it in differing ways spending on our circumstance but we will get through it.

Try to imagine the concern being felt by front line workers. Those who are standing tall to ensure that essential services are still available. 

When you are at the grocery store, maybe say an extra thank you to the cashier who is bravely working for you in that moment. Or the stock person who is diligently trying to keep the shelves full.

The doctors and nurses who are  operating on fumes. They are being faced with scared and angry people who are looking for someone to step up and make it all better but getting frustrated with them because you aren't being seen quickly enough or not getting whatever it is that you feel entitled to isn't helping either them or you.

There are countless examples of people stepping up to help out and if you take the time to see them, you can't help but feel better, even if just a little.

Breweries and distilleries making hand sanitizer. Vets seeing animals outside on the side walk. Businesses who are retooling to try and meet the needs of the community.

Restaurants making home deliveries. Seniors homes whose staff are doing everything they can to ensure that our elder citizens are being looked after in every way possible while keeping them and us safe.

Neighbours picking up supplies for those who are quarantined or who simply can't get out to replenish supplies.

Disaster always seems to bring out the best and the worst in people but if we choose to focus on the positive and the good, we all benefit.

The saying that "by taking care of ourselves, we take care of others" has never been more on point than it is now. 

Take a look in the mirror and smile at yourself. When you get it right, take that smile to the window or to your front yard or to the grocery store and share it with all of us.

I promise, if you smile at me, I will smile right back.

Thank you to our first responders. Our doctors and nurses. Our police. Our grocery store workers. Our care aides. Our governmental officials. (they may not always get it right but they are working tirelessly to try and get it right). Our service providers, truck drivers who are working around the clock to make sure we have the essentials.

There are countless more and they all need uplifting and support from all of us so lets make sure they know how much we appreciate them.

And a special thank you to Bonnie Henry. She is a warrior.

Peter Haslock

Letter: COVID-19 craziness

COVID-19 craziness

It strikes fear and panic in the hearts of otherwise sensible people. It brings out the greed, and me-first attitude that is sadly becoming the norm in our society.

Let's be honest.

The vast majority of the people who read this, and contract this virus, will never know they have it. They are asymptomatic, but still contagious. 

The rest of the infected people get sick. They do not fall over dead in the street, they get ill, and if already compromised by other illnesses, may well die from it.

Everyone else recovers, as they would from the flu, and life goes on.

This is where it gets weird. 

The average citizen is not going to die, or even get sick from this. You are, however, in a position to either help, or kill others. By ignoring instructions, especially as they relate to the elderly, hoarding, and literally fighting your fellow citizens for resources, you have become the problem! 

I would far sooner share my home with a person with the virus, than one who feels that he is so entitled that he buys up the entire supply of meat, or toilet paper at the community grocery store.

We are in this together, like it or not. Viruses have no idea if you are richer, or prettier, or better connected than me.

Smarten up people! At the end of the day you will not be judged on how well you treated yourself, but rather how well you treated others! Be kind to your neighbours. Think before you act. Remember that we we are a community, not a life support system for you!

Harsh as it sounds, our community will be here long after you and COVID have faded from memory, what will you be remembered for?

Bruce Buchstein

Letter: Vacation 1, Students 0

Vacation 1, Students 0

That teachers are finally planning to reconvene virtually this week after a two week spring break that took place in the middle of a pandemic is beyond disappointing.

When the break started everyone was well aware that students would likely not be returning to school after the break. Why then wasn’t the spring break immediately canceled for teachers so that they could spend those precious two weeks preparing for virtual, home based learning? If that had happened, “classes" would no doubt have started this week — as they have in other jurisdictions in Canada.

Where was the NDP government? Where were the boards of trustees for our region's public schools? Where was the B.C. Teachers' Federation?

Whenever the Teachers Federation is in bargaining mode, all that the public hears is that students’ education and well being are teachers’ single most important priority. Well as always, actions speak louder than words, and what the public can conclude from the past two weeks is that even in the middle of a pandemic, vacation time trumps all else.

Those responsible for delivering public school education should be ashamed of themselves. Collectively they failed our children in a time of crisis.

Chris Fibiger

Letter: Just stay home

Just stay home

So why is our government allowing Canadians to cross the border?  

Why are people still allowed to travel by train, plane, or even public transit?  

If we really want to end this virus in Canada, people need to stay home, social distance, and only go out for groceries, if feeling well.  

I just read a news story about people being stabbed at a house party Saturday night in Kamloops. Why are people having parties? Are the experiences of China, Italy, Spain and New York not enough? We can end this in Canada if everyone just stays home.

Cindy Nixdorf

Letter: Gouged on gas prices

Gouged on gas prices

The other day when it was announced on the local news stations that local gas stations were gouging the consumer for every litre of gas, and that they were making in excess 25 to 30 cents a litre, the price all of a sudden dropped to a $1.09 per litre.

Now almost over night it has dropped again to $1.00. Between the gas stations, the fuel distributor in Kamloops and the oil companies, we here in the valley have been extorted for the past several years.

Today's price in London Ontario is $0.65 a litre. This is not an uncommon practice for the gas stations there as the gas price changes daily and seldom goes beyond a $1.05 litre.

It is most strange how there can be so big of a disparity in prices. It surely is now obvious that the price did not contain large amounts of tax as has been stated many times, for the government as far as I know has not announced any reduction in tax applied to the fuel.

So that just leaves the greedy fuel distributor, gas station owner and the oil companies fixing the price of gas through out the Okanagan Valley, or at least allowing it to be fixed.

I realize the government has a lot on its hands right now with the virus, however when it is over I believe they need to stop pussy footing around and start walking with a big stick.

Ian MacLean

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