Online letter shocks reader

Dear Editor:

It’s not every day you see a letter in your local website advocating mass murder of the most vulnerable in our city. But that’s what I saw this week.

Steve Butler wrote a letter calling for the same “solution” that was used on the Enterprise Way rabbit population to be used on “junkies.”

It’s nothing new to see hatred for the less fortunate in Kelowna. A playground for retirees and the wealthy, Kelowna is often quick to pile rage upon the homeless, recovering addicts, or simply anyone who doesn’t meet the income level to be considered human.

With this disgusting letter, we’ve reached a new peak in callous disregard for other citizens of this city.

Butler called these people “a feral human problem,” with the “same characteristics as rabbits, only with worse results.” He observes that “trapping and euthanasia” were the best fix. “We already know a solution, why not go ahead and apply it in this case?”

The fact that people exist in this city with such opinions is horrifying. If this kind of language is accepted in the Okanagan, we can no longer claim to be a decent community. Bigoted cruelty like Butler’s should be met with scorn and derision, not printed in a local daily news site.

Marcus Henry Weber,


EDITOR’S NOTE: The website took the post down and later offered an apology.

Trudeau gov’t rebuilds country

Dear Editor:

I am amazed that people can’t comprehend Justin Trudeau’s acknowledgement that, if true progress is to be made, the budget can’t be balanced in the immediate future and that his decisions are the right ones for future generations.

I think everyone is well aware that the main objective of politicians is to get re-elected. To think otherwise is naive, to say the least.

Therefore, for decades, all parties have refused to address the deterioration of the infrastructure in Canada — lest they have to propose tax increases. That would be, however fair, political suicide. Voter greed does not support tax increases.

When the Liberals won the last election, they immediately became aware of the state of the infrastructure deterioration in Canada. A choice had to be made: Do they address the issue and spend money fixing the problems (unpopular) or do they continue to pass the costs to future generations? (sadly, popular to many) The Liberals made the decision to fix the infrastructure. A correct, albeit unpopular, decision.

This decision also created thousands of jobs for the economy and thus increased tax revenues from all areas of the economy ó a fact ignored by many. There are hundreds of projects now ongoing across Canada.

The Liberals decided to fix the infrastructure while interest rates were low and before significant cost increases occurred because of further deterioration and/or collapse.

Their other choice was to continue to kick the can down the road to future generations when further deterioration/collapse would occur, costs were sure to increase, and interest rates would surely be higher.

What would you have done? And how would you explain your decision to your grandchildren?

Patrick MacDonald,

West Kelowna

Trudeau’s words need finishing

Dear Editor:

A few things Justin Trudeau left unsaid.

According to, Justin Trudeau made the following statements. In the interest of clarity, I have attempted to deduce what Trudeau left unsaid.

Trudeau said, “Openness, respect, integrity — these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make.”

Failing to add: “Note, I said ‘you make,’ not ‘I make.’”

Trudeau said: “One of the fundamental responsibilities of any Canadian prime minister is to get our resources to market.”

Failing to add: “As you now know, I’ve been fundamentally irresponsible on that file.”

Trudeau said: “Canadians want to elect good people to be their voice in Ottawa.”

Failing to add: “But their representative’s voice better not challenge mine.”

Trudeau said: “At one point, people are going to have to realize that maybe I know what I’m doing.”

Failing to add: “Of course I don’t have a clue if there ever will be such a point.”

Trudeau said: “Living your life in the public eye is a greater burden than most people can imagine.”

Failing to add: “Making sure I’m the focus of attention during my numerous photo-ops can be extremely taxing.”

Trudeau said: “Who cares about winning? We should focus on serving.”

Failing to add: “By that I mean serving the interests of the people who contribute money to the Liberal Party of Canada.”

Lloyd Atkins,


Book Store owner knew his stuff

Dear Editor:

Re: “Store owner turns page on 45 years in business,” (The Okanagan Weekend, July 13).

Great feature on Bruce Stevenson and The Book Shop in Penticton. Thanks for writing this article, James Miller.

Bruce Stevenson was one of my mentors growing up in Penticton and in a way that he may not have even known, but Bruce — yes, you were very much so and here are some reasons why.

— Bruce was so very witty and intelligent and funny and even though at the time, I was half full of piss and vinegar, like so many of the youth of the 1980s, I did attain a lot of good wisdom from Bruce on life and especially his big love for movies.

Bruce knew his movies so wisely and always gave me great in depth info on what to watch and some titles to not watch too.

Bruce also introduced me and my many friends to the then “awe power” of VHS when it first came out and we were so amazed.

We made many Friday movie nights out of it over the years and some Saturday tennis tournaments got wrapped up at my friend Tony’s and his Dad’s place, (Hammie’s), with a couple movies to follow like: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, a major classic still to this day.

— Bruce was always a great family friend and still is to my mom and please know Bruce, that even though I am in Kelowna now, I still always have appreciated you for that and all the kindness you represent.

I applaud you big time Bruce and Pam for the very long journey at the Book Shop and all the knowledge you have passed down to thousands. We all appreciate you lots.

I wish you all the best of retirement! And a big hug of thanks too!

Nol Preen,


Cities make it hard to camp

Dear Editor:

Have you ever tried to book a campsite in the last couple of years?

Well you need very good luck as it is similar to winning a lottery if you have not booked it way in advance. Especially for the weekends.

Over the years, camping has become very popular whether you are in a class A motorhome, pull a trailer or fifth wheel, or even in a truck and camper.

Our fair cities spend vast amounts of money trying to entice the tourists into our Garden of Eden, but do not seem to make any attempt when it comes to providing a necessary service to these people who like to camp on their holidays, or the locals, who just want to go out and camp in the area.

Once their holding tanks are full, the next difficulty is to find a place where they can dump their septic wastes.

In the past, there were a fair number of sani-dumps around the country.

I have noticed that over the years, these have slowly been disappearing from the government campsites and garages, who mainly used to offer this service.

When I went on the web I noticed that most of the ones listed there are for registered guests only. I did see that the odd one allows free dumping.

I don’t think anyone would mind paying a reasonable fee to dump in order to maintain the site’s cleanliness as we know this is not a high priority with some people.

Maybe it’s time that our cities put in a couple of public dump sites in a prominent location to accommodate these people who need these facilities and have them well marked so those requiring them do not have to go through a multitude of manoeuvres just trying to locate and get into one of these facilities.

John D. Grant,

West Kelowna