Stick with issues, not personalities

Dear Editor:

I would like to respond to J. Houston’s letter “America needs to be blessed now” (Courier, July 24).

As a Canadian and long-time American permanent resident, I get extremely frustrated and disappointed in the reaction I receive from some Canadians in regard to American politicians as well as our political system.

By in large, their extreme hyperbole and over-the-top emotional reactions limit any reasonable thought they may have. It is far too easy to dredge up pre-Second World War Nazi Germany allusions than to attack a specific policy.

It has been my experience, that the United States is much more open to a vibrant and yes, at times, wild and rambunctious debate than there is in Canada.

If Americans choose to elect a Donald Trump-type politician, and I do believe they will again, it is because that is the best choice that is available to them.

It would be nice if we could have a discussion on policy, ideas and common solutions (size and scope of government) rather than name calling and demeaning our common humanity. I feel that we are becoming increasingly belligerent to one another which only helps our common economic competitors.

Michael Kroitor

Fountain Valley, California

Performing arts, not highrises

Dear Editor:

Re: Former RCMP detachment site.

Does our mayor really think it could be used as another highrise building? Perish the thought.

The cities of Penticton and Vernon put our Kelowna to shame with their entertainment centres. Isn’t it high time to think about a Centre For The Performing Arts  here. Would the RCMP building not be a perfect, central location with its access to underground parking?

We must not let this perfect location pass us by, folks.

Kelowna residents, let us get in touch with our mayor and city coucillors regarding this location if you think it is feasible. 

Len Todd


Climate scientists scaring our kids

Dear Editor:

The Trudeau government’s solution for problems is to create a heavy tax burden on the people.

Why do voters continue to support and follow governments that falsely proclaim that the only way to prosperity is to hand them more tax money? So it is with the proposed Canadian carbon tax, supposedly to help eliminate world pollution.

The carbon tax implemented by the Trudeau government, according to critics, is a tax hoax. Many scientists claim that the 32-nation module designed in the 1970s to determine global warming is so badly flawed that when global warming only increased about one degree in the last 100 years, and ceased to increase after about 2015, the global warming theorists changed the terminology from “global warming” to “climate change” to keep the narrative going. 

They failed to inform us that the module, still used today, is totally inaccurate. The module would have us all dying in unbearable heat by now and the world destroyed (liberal democrats claim it will be in 12 years — they have scared our kids to death with this utter nonsense.)

In Canada, 35 million people will be taxed beyond reason for a country that has produced an infinitesimal amount of the world’s pollution. Is there even one province in Canada causing pollution that we ought to be drastically taxed for?   

I think not. 

This carbon tax idea that has been pushed by the Trudeau government and the paid- off main stream media ($600 million) as a necessity to stop pollution, I believe is nothing less than a gigantic tax grab by our current government to fill the coffers of the Liberal Party of Canada, and to provide an agenda taken up by our prime minister to raise his personal status as a rock star world leader — at our expense. 

It is Asia with 4.1 billion people, China with 1.6 billion, India with 1.3 billion, the U.S. with 350 million, Russia with 146 million and many other countries that are the world’s polluters — not Canada. 

Canadians do not make the smallest fleck of dust in the world of pollution and should not accept the Liberal myth that we can only resolve the climate change problem with more Canadian tax money placed in their spendthrift hands in the form of a carbon tax.

Garry Rayner

West Kelowna

Fine memories by winemaker

Dear Editor:

I must apologize to Madame Irma Jonn for misquoting the original name of their winery with one of the other names given to the same winery after they sold it to other entrepreneurs (Courier letters, April 29, May 8).

Had I been more careful, I would have looked up the original business card that Marion John gave me. When I asked him about the design on it, he told me they are the horns of plenty. It has been so long now and I never met Irma Jonn, but yes, I made the wine for him at Uncle Ben’s Winery which we named then “Golden Valley Wines” from “Uncle Ben’s Gourmet Wines” and now is Mission Hill Winery after the owner Ben Ginter sold it to its new owner Anthony Von Mandl and his partners .

I took over winemaking from Joe Raffeiner and worked for a long time with Marion Jonn on processing, finishing, blending and bottling the wine for him.

I still have one of the first — if not the first — bottles that came off the line.

Now that I know of Madame Irma Jonn, I will be willing to meet her and give her that bottle for old times sake and the beginning of the Boutique or Chateau wineries as he himself called them then.

Elias G. Phiniotis PhD.

Winemaking Consultant

West Kelowna