Immigration must be kept in check

Dear Editor.

If being politically correct had to be condensed into one word, it would have to be: stupidity.

Promoting anything for the sake of being politically correct is prone to produce unanticipated and undesirable consequences.

Promoting cultural diversity by adopting people from all corners of the world may give some of us that warm and fuzzy feeling associated with helping somebody in need, but what is it we are trying to do, and at the end of the day, are we really accomplishing anything?

Yes, we need immigration, but attempting to assimilate all cultures into our already complex Canadian mosaic indiscriminately will not necessarily appeal to people who have no respect for our human rights and freedoms, and are not ready to embrace our inclusive and caring society.

Opening the floodgates to mass immigration does not allow many of these new people enough time and opportunity to assimilate into our socio-economic structure.

Insisting on high levels of immigration against the will of the majority of the people also promotes anti-immigrant sentiments and creates racial barriers, promoting segregation instead of assimilation.

Being an immigrant makes it easier to appreciate why that may encourage many of them to adopt anti-social attitudes, join gangs, and feel more attracted to cultural slums.

The cities of Toronto and London, England, are both very culturally diverse, and both are experiencing huge cultural challenges, and begs the question: Is there a link between our blind pre-occupation with diversity and those seven shootings in Toronto last week?

Early European immigrants, and especially those with military backgrounds are naturally more aware of issues like public safety and national security and do not subscribe to Justin Trudeau’s high levels of immigration or his pre-occupation with the concept of insinuating Canada into a borderless society with the United Nations as a global government.

While U.S. President Donald Trump is unpopular among some people, he is right about the importance of keeping national borders secure from unwanted, uninvited and undesirable people.

As a country, we should be equally vigilant and not accept anybody from anywhere, just to improve our prime minister’s chances of getting re-elected, and to get that coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Andy Thomsen

Kelowna

Parties need to talk about climate crisis

Dear Editor.

I am very concerned about the direction that this next election is headed. Why is the climate change crisis not at the center of the political debate?

The time has come for us to seriously address the issues that are threatening the stability of life on this planet.

I am calling on the CBC, as the voice of our nation, to host an all-party debate on climate change. This is too important not to make it the central issue of our next election, and we need to pull all the stops to make real and significant changes.

Charmaine Miron

Kelowna

Supports efforts for rototilling

Dear Editor.

Re: “Lake is our city’s greatest asset” (Courier, Aug. 6).

Many thanks to writer Bob Whitehead for his concerns expressed about the spread of the invasive Eurasian milfoil. Yes, this is an invasive species and the rototilling efforts by the Okanagan Basin Water Board are appreciated to minimize this blight on our beautiful lake.

I, too, do not agree that the program of rototilling and cutting of milfoil should be stopped for a small mussel that appears to have so far survived despite this.

I would urge all of our city mayors up and down the Okanagan to communicate with the Ministry and the unnamed mussel expert about our support for continued rototilling of this disgusting invasive weed, so that residents, visitors and tourists may continue to enjoy our beaches and lake.

John Fawcett

Westbank

The Tories know how to muzzle

Dear Editor.

Last week we were treated to Andrew Scheer’s impersonation of righteous indignation. “Justin Trudeau,” he says, with the distaste of one finding dog doo on their shoe, “is muzzling his critics.” Muzzling?

Does anyone remember Richard Colvin?

No? I’m not surprised. He was a Canadian diplomat posted in Afghanistan. He reported to the Harper government that Afghan detainees were being tortured, for which he was publicly ridiculed by the defense minister and his testimony made permanently inaccessible.

Linda Keen? Then head of the Nuclear Safety Commission, she reported that AECL (of Chalk River Nuclear Plant) was in safety violation of their license conditions. Harper publicly insulted her “judgement” and fired her. Chalk River facilities were leaking and within months, closed permanently.

Library and Archives Canada employees, required to sign “loyalty agreements,” were instructed that all speaking engagements were to be cleared with the government and none undertaken, unless accompanied by a government handler. At the same time as the Harper Conservatives spent $28 million celebrating the War of 1812 , they slashed library and archives funding by $10 million.

The Inter-library loan program and grants to independent archives across Canada were eliminated, evidently considered elitist, were we able to access our own archives.

In 2011, it was mandated that all RCMP communications were to be cleared through the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. Yes,that Vic Toews. Remember Vicileaks?

Scientists were forbidden by the Harper Conservatives to submit their findings , their facilities closed, scientific data and libraries cleaned out, contents destroyed. Where we were once renowned world-wide for our research, Harper conducted Canada into the Dark Ages.

Sylvie Therrien? Whistle blower on the Harper government’s practice of insisting each EI claims investigator fill a quota recouping $485,000 for the federal government by denying claims. Therrien was fired.

Sean Bruyea? Advocate for Veteran’s Rights, his medical files were leaked in a contemptible effort to discredit him. Veteran’s Affairs Canada. Ombudsman Pat Stogan was fired after criticizing the government.

Beverly McLaughlin , Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, smeared by Harper for insisting on integrity in judicial appointments.

Even Parks Canada employees were forced to sign “loyalty agreements” swearing them to silence … otherwise known as gag orders.

There are many more, but in the interests of justice, let’s remember poor Michael Sona, the scapegoat in their Robocalls scandal — under the bus and off to jail, while his masters were whisked out of the country ... one to Saudi Arabia.

During that decade, Scheer, a career politician since the age of 25 (an income of $140,000 per year then), as Speaker , $265,000 per year resided in a 5,000 square foot residence on four acres, paid for by the taxpayers.

Did you ever hear him mention muzzling, even if you listened closely? Not a breath.

The “improved version” of the Conservative flawed program is 2.0 and Scheer is it . Exactly as advertised.

Elaine Lawrence

Kelowna

Appalled by illegal garbage dumping

Dear Editor.

I live in the gated community of Balmoral.

The front entrance to this community is off of Stillingfleet Road and the back entrance is of off Burtch Road after you go around the roundabout.

A couple of days ago, I was driving home towards the back entrance on Burtch. I

noticed a red car parked on the opposite side of the road facing me and a man pulling all kinds of plastic-bin bags out of his vehicle.

I stopped before I entered the gate to observe what he was doing as I suspected he was dumping garbage.

I waited a few minutes and then drove on, all the while tempted to go back and take is license number down, but I didn’t. The next day you can guess what I saw?

A bunch of garbage strewn all over the side of the road.

I am very disappointed in myself for not doing the right thing, filming his license plate number with my phone, but I definitely will do if I see this happening again. This wasn’t a young man, probably middle aged.

Does anyone have any idea what is wrong with people who do this sort of thing? To me, it is unimaginable. The area where this happened often has garbage dumped beside the road as it’s a dead-end road. Another neighbour told me he saw the same thing and also did nothing.

Be warned people, one day you might be on camera.

Judith Wagner

Kelowna

Lessons to learn after Hiroshima

Dear Editor:

On Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, atom bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The civilian population of both cities was 530,000. Total fatalities were 280,000.

Sadly, the controversy continues today about whether these deaths were necessary to motivate the Japanese government to surrender.

U.S. president Harry Truman ignored the advice of his senior military officers, who considered the bombings militarily unnecessary and immoral.

Those opposed included: Admiral William Leahy, Truman’s chief of staff; General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme commander of Allied forces in the Pacific; General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme allied commander; General Henry Arnold; General Curtis LeMay; General Carl Spaatz, commander of the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific; Admiral Ernest King, commander of the U.S. Navy; Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet; Admiral William Halsey, commander of the South Pacific Fleet; and Brigadier General Carter Clarke, in charge of intercepting Japanese diplomatic cables.

Leahy stated publicly that “wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”

A grievous lesson we have yet learn.

David Ramsay

Brentwood Bay