Letters to the Editor

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Will society get considerations?

Dear Editor:

“The Parole Board of Canada believes escorted absences will help Wiens, 64, adjust to society ahead of his full parole,” (Courier, Oct. 31). 

What considerations are given to society adjusting to wife-killer Keith Wiens being out and about, much before his sentence is up? Weins has been accessed as “challenging to work with and has passive-aggressive tendencies. 

Is this not enough to keep this individual behind bars? The Parole Board goes on ad nauseam about “reinforcing pro-social behaviours and attitudes particularly given his lengthy period of incarceration.” Arriving less than halfway through a mere 13-year period of parole indelibility is definitely not lengthily in my way of thinking. But, hey, I am a firm believer that one who takes a life should forfeit their own. 

Where do we get these mollycoddling, misguided blockheads who sit on our parole boards? Surely there needs to be oversight to the liberation process.

Paul Crossley


Fix your muffler or get off the road

Dear Editor:

If you’ve been annoyed by vehicles without mufflers driving on our streets please call the RCMP and tell them of your concerns.

For far too long, the RCMP has sat idly by while vehicles without mufflers operate with impunity. The British Columbia highway traffic act states that “internal combustion engines on B.C. roads must have a muffler, section 7.2 of the highway traffic act.”

Removing stock mufflers is prohibited by law as well. Motorcycles are the worst offenders.They operate with straight pipes and shatter the relative silence as they roar up and down the streets.

It’s time these offenders were ticketed and have their vehicles inspected at a designated-inspection facility. You can also call city council which has in the past refused to address the problem.

Robert Clarke


Get over it and move on, Liberals

Dear Editor:

Took a deep breath, held my nose and have managed to find the one and only positive thing about a second Justin Trudeau/Liberal government.

I am hopeful this outcome means we will no longer have to endure the endless, mind-numbing, selective definition of ethical conduct drivel from the likes of the apparent local Liberal “spokesperson,” Elaine Lawrence and the hypocritical, “free-speech advocate (as long as they agree with me)” UBCO Associate Professor Dan Ryder. Let’s practice what we preach and move on.

Bruce Stevens


Priorities for next Parliament

Dear Editor:

I am basically happy with the results of the election.

It was good to see the pollsters correctly predict a Liberal minority and that 65% of the votes were for progressive parties.

Unfortunate that Kelowna did not vote strategic and don’t have a seat at the power table.

It does seem a little strange being back in the 1970s.

1968/2015: Trudeau wins a majority.

1972/2019: Trudeau wins a minority.

1974/202?: Trudeau wins a majority.

1973/2019: U.S. starts Nixon/Trump impeachment.

1973/2019: UK enters/leaves Common Market/EU.

My local MP Dan Albas wants to know what are my priorities for the next four years of this government (Courier, Nov. 1). As with most Canadian voters, it is first, but not only, the environment:

• Raise the gas tax by five cents per litre and put that money to building thousands of electric charging stations across the country

• Update building codes so that all new buildings are built for near net zero emissions (wildenlivinglab.com)

• Reduce oil/gas subsidies by 10% per year and have industry charge consumers the true cost

• Ban single-use plastics

• Upgrade Trans Canada Highway to four lanes across Canada

• Raise the basic tax exemption, now $12,000, to 66% of federal minimum wage, exemption would be $15,000

• Ban semi-automatic assault style rifles and allow cities to ban handguns

• Abolish the Indian Act

David Perron

West Kelowna

Think big, city look to the future

Dear Editor:

Jon Peter Christoff has succinctly stated the facts of Alberta’s economic history leading to the present situation-facts that Albertans conveniently choose to deny (Okanagan Weekend, Nov. 2).

To acknowledge this truth would be to acknowledge their responsibility. They prefer — like children or sheep — to be led into further and further economic chaos encouraged by snake oil vending self serving politicians like their current government. They stamp their feet, issue ultimatums, shake their fists at the sky, but not take responsibility.

When our resources are foreign-owned, the economic consequences of boom and bust this creates are obvious, our industry jeopardized and the entire country suffers.

It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results.

How willingly they have traded our birthright “for a mess of pottage.”

Zoltan Lawrence


Resources can’t be foreign-owned

Dear Editor:

Many remember the poor decision made by the city long ago to sell the land comprising Mountain Shadows golf course and curling rink — a city jewel — long gone and replaced with forgettable big box retail stores.

Walking past the aging community theatre and former police station site

reminds me that another long-term bad decision could be made soon. Apparently, all the city can imagine is another condo tower.

Let’s make sure the city thinks big on this one — a spectacular arts/culture/music/ citizens development — something to stand for the next 50-plus years as a tribute to thinking big and recognizing that creative arts are the measure of a society.

Marc Whittemore


Outraged by Wiens’ decision

Dear Editor:

Re: Penticton’s infamous not cop-killer, but killer-cop (ex).

So Keith Wiens gets escorted “outings” in order to “engage with pro-social individuals,” “given his lengthy period of incarceration” (Okanagan Weekend, Nov. 2).

It’s hard to believe in over 50 years he hadn’t had ample time to learn “pro-social behaviours and attitudes.”

As to his lengthy period of incarceration, he has plenty of future years to “get social,” not necessarily now, after only the six years or so he has spent behind bars.

No amount of pro-social outside behaviour can make up for violent actions endured against a spouse.

As to anticipated future possible female relationships (while temporarily “out”), will he wear an identifying sign, or will he and his keeper double-date?

Joy Lang


Human arrogance on display again

Dear Editor:

Re: “Humans will decide fate of urban bears” (Courier, Oct. 31).

Wow! Ralph Perrich’s arrogant opinion is, in my opinion, annoying beyond words and demonstrates the arrogance of the human race.

If the humans respected where they lived these bears would be alive today. The sheer stupidity of leaving garbage, pet food and fruit laying around facilitated the death of the bears. When will the ignorance and disrespect stop?

Perrich’s lame reasoning about humans being at the top of the food chain is, well, there are no words to describe the arrogance of it. Those who participate in such actions should be ashamed of themselves and should be fined huge. You are essentially baiting these bears and drawing them to their unnecessary deaths. Grab a brain and get some respect.

There is no reason why they should lose their lives because of human ignorance. This has nothing to do with the food chain.

Donna Wackerbauer


Clocks should be now left alone

Dear editor:

Re: “B.C. to introduce time-change law,” (Courier, Oct. 31).

As usual, the government is not listening regarding the time change.

When we fall back, this is the right time change to be on forever; this allows enough sleep for all. Going forward and having that as our standard time is very hard on children, young people, the elderly, shift workers and so on.

Please, please let our forever time be now. No more changes ever again.

Shirley Ann Hackl


Not convinced by survey results

Dear Editor:

The B.C. government has introduced legislation to allow the province to remain on daylight time year-round.

An important implication of moving to year-round daylight time is that it would mean mornings, when people go to school and work, would be very dark during the winter months.

For example, in Victoria on Dec. 21 with daylight time, the sun would not rise until 9:02 a.m. (versus 8:02 a.m. with standard time).

For communities farther north, sunrise would be later. In Prince George, sunrise would not happen until 9:30 a.m., while in Prince Rupert, sunrise would be at 10 a.m.

The later sunrise under daylight time would add to the challenges already associated with a Canadian winter, particularly in more northerly communities.

In 1974, the U.S. began a two-winter trial period where daylight time was in place year-round. There was such disappointment with the experiment that it was cancelled after the first winter, chiefly because of concerns about children leaving for school in the dark.

As B.C. is, for the most part, located at a more northerly latitude than the U.S., the impact of darker winter mornings is likely to be even greater here.

While last summer’s online questionnaire results favoured year-round daylight time, the exercise did not employ standard survey methods.

Moving to year-round standard time was not one of the survey options, even though it might be favoured by many people who only oppose a twice-a-year time change.

Also, the survey was undertaken in the summer. If the same questions had been posed in January, when the darker mornings associated with year-round daylight time would be more evident, the results may have differed.

Constance Smith


Woman, 88, can’t get a doctor

Dear editor:

I have just been told my doctor of 30 years or more is retiring.

I have relied on him for refills, medical visits and referrals to specialists. It’s been so easy as we get older. Now we are having a good cry.

As for clinics, I had to go to one in June and it was terrible. I met a lady with a walker this morning and she said she waited eight hours.

Is this how we Canadians who have worked, paid our bills, saved for our homes and paid our taxes should be treated? To everyone who feels the same way I do, let’s have a protest, like these school kids getting out of school and protesting.

I do not think this is right, but maybe that is the answer. I would even pay more for medical if we got a doctor.

Marching with my walker, a third-generation Victorian, age 88.

Frances Cammiade