Letters to the Editor: Saturday, August 27, 2022 | Opinion

Ready to take over Penticton

Dear Editor:

It is unbelievable that John Vassilaki is running for mayor of Penticton again.

We’ve all had a four-year taste of your vision for our city. You and the other council members sold our town to the highest bidder. Under your leadership, this council was an autocratic dictatorship. Ignore the will of the people.

You were the ground zero leader of the homeless fiasco. You ignored the wishes of thousands of our citizens who spoke loud and clear when they said no to the Victory Church homeless shelter. You have turned our city into a hotbed for drug addicts with one of the highest crime rates in Canada.

We have had several home invasions and murders in our town. Homes and businesses were hit by bullets. You ignored the safety and well-being of citizens by slowing down the hiring of RCMP officers.

You violated the basic democratic principle of allowing people to vote on the issue of the lake-to-lake bike path. You would have had a vote against bike lanes and you knew it. You could have used that money to pay for overtime for the RCMP and bring in outside officers to deal with the crime wave.

Thousands of us are ready to take Penticton back and they won’t vote for you. I would vote for a pylon in the mayor’s chair before allowing you to crush our city again.

mike hawley

Penticton

The homeless situation spreads to the island

Dear Editor:

Subject: “Politicians, the police have turned Penticton into a slum”, by Jo Nichols (Letters from the Herald, August 22)

It was a well written letter and expressed the thoughts of many citizens in many towns and cities. In my opinion, you could take this letter and change the word “Penticton” and put “Victoria” in its place.

I feel your frustration as we have the same issues here on the island.

Kevin Jackson

Victoria

The author spread false information

Dear Editor:

It’s one thing for letter-to-the-editor writers to express opinions, no matter how relevant or bizarre; it is quite another to use such a forum to spread disinformation, conspiracy theories and propaganda.

In my view, this was the case in a recent letter to the editor from prolific right-wing apologist John Thompson (Herald, August 24). Although I try to resist because I know his prejudices, I think it is important that someone speaks up when resorting to such tactics.

The example in question refers to the Dutch government’s attempt to meet climate change targets by reducing the amount of nitrogen-based fertilizer used by Dutch farmers. Whether one thinks this is an effective strategy or not, jumping from there to the suggestion that the Canadian government will do the same thing with the intention of reducing the food supply and harming farmers is a lie promulgated by right-wing conspiracy theorists, apparently including Mr. Thompson.

Sources of this type of misinformation include well-known right-wing publications such as Rebel News, Western Standard and the Live from the Shed webcast, as well as some conservative politicians in Canada. According to a recent CBC article on the subject by Jonathan Montpetit which I recommend, if any readers want a more accurate and balanced analysis of what is going on. … “far-right media in Canada seized on Dutch protests to promote conspiracy theories that bolstered anti-government ideologies.”

Letters to the editor can be a useful way for citizens to express their views and hopefully encourage informed debate on various topics. It is an important part of our strength as a functioning democracy.

Using them as a vehicle for misinformation, conspiracy theories and propaganda only serves to weaken their purpose and ultimately the democratic process.

Peter Benson

Naramata

Access Society needs you

Dear Editor:

The Penticton & Area Access Society is a local non-profit agency that works to build a community where all people have equal and fair access to available support systems.

Through disability rights and legal advocacy programs, we help people make informed choices, use our knowledge of our community resources to connect the people we help to needed services, and guide those we help navigate in complex bureaucratic systems.

Our Board of Directors provides vision and direction for these programs and works within the community to advance collaborative actions that help create a community where all people can feel connected and supported.

The Access Society is currently seeking volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience for a limited number of Board positions.

Previous board and governance experience is desirable but not essential.

Training in advocacy and communications, HR, finance and accounting, fundraising and/or marketing are all useful skills to support the work of the Council.

The ideal candidate:

• is committed to the mission and values ​​of the Access Society

• has good self-awareness and understanding of cultural safety and cultural humility

• is willing to contribute one to five hours per month of their time and talents

We invite people from all parts of our community, and especially people from our smaller communities, Indigenous communities and rural areas to apply.

Please indicate your interest by downloading, completing and submitting a completed application, available at: accesscentre.org confidentially to: [email protected] before Monday September 5th.

Elmie Saaltink, President

Penticton and Area Access Society

Golf courses should allow access

Dear Editor:

I believe it is time to end my campaign for golf clubs to give paraplegics access to the golf course.

After 20 years of vain efforts, I am tired. I have dozens of documents on my computer that I have used in my various approaches, a lot of information on specialized equipment for paraplegics to play golf, and information on where paraplegics are allowed to to play golf.

I approached a number of ‘appropriate authorities’ for moral support in the form of a public statement saying, ‘We believe golf courses should take steps to allow paraplegics to play the game.’

Here are some results:

BC Golf Association: “We have a committee working on this” After many years, no action and no results.

Many golf clubs: “Auto-reply to acknowledge your message” and nothing else.

Rick Hansen: “Good luck with your campaign,” but no public statement or endorsement.

The BC government and many MPs: “We have forwarded your proposal to the appropriate authorities” and I hear nothing from anyone.

When I lost the use of my legs three years ago, after more than 30 years as a regular member, I asked my golf club in Osoyoos to get a suitable cart so that I can continue to play golf for a while. I knew it could be done and was being done in other countries. But, our board of directors rejected the opportunity to do so. So I acquired, at great expense, a Solorider cart that allows me to play golf in a seated position; and have now played several rounds of golf only at the Osoyoos Golf Course. But that hasn’t sparked the interest of a single journalist, columnist or editor to do a story or an interview to expose the injustice of keeping paraplegics out of BC golf courses when they are lodged elsewhere.

Tony Brumet

Osoyoos

Doctors have it better than most

Dear Editor:

Although I sympathize with the doctors caught up in this horrible time, at least they have a decent salary. Many don’t and yet we also experience burnout, depression and anxiety.

Most of us can’t do anything about it, but doctors can push for more staff and more funding for medical care.

We had known for years that we needed more doctors and nurses, but nothing was done about it. Doctors didn’t push for this – some don’t support BC Med, but most of us couldn’t seek medical help if it wasn’t for this.

It’s time to think about the majority who cannot afford medical care without BC Med.

If you agree, I encourage you to write to your MP and MP.

Sandy Hayes

Penticton

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