Scraping bottom of media barrel

Dear Editor:

Before he became president, Donald Trump was an unscrupulous New York real estate developer who brought his anything-goes transactional style to the presidency.

After three years of trashing pretty well every presidential norm, he has finally crossed into impeachable territory.

Trump has been caught trying to shake down (Mafia style) a foreign power (Ukraine) to provide dirt on his political opponent (Joe Biden) for political gain in quid pro quo basis for the release of $391 million in military aid (taxpayer dollars); mysteriously held up on presidential order a few days before the phone call.

The “impeachment probe” is in conjunction with ongoing investigations into Trump’s obstruction of justice, emolument violations and charity fraud, hush-money payments to porn stars and campaign financing violations; inauguration finance discrepancies, refusal to release his tax returns and the recent discovery of efforts to divert U.S. military expenditures to profit his foreign business properties. This has and will surely keep American media in frenzied overdrive.

Then, there is the constitutional crisis in Britain; the UK Supreme Court announced that Boris Johnson unlawfully prorogued Parliament to stifle debate on no-deal Brexit and misled the Queen to receive Royal consent. Trapped in 10 Downing Street, without a Parliamentary majority to call an election, Johnson is forced to abide by Parliament’s legislated demand that he secure an extension on Brexit, something he swore he would never do. Crashing-out of the EU with no-deal would severely rupture the British economy and push Scotland towards independence and ignite sectarian violence in Northern Ireland; possibly bringing to an end to the United Kingdom of Great Britain. British media is wild with nervous excitement.

And then there is Canada’s biggest scandal; Justin Trudeau is accused of not being feminist enough by two former female

cabinet ministers, because he would not apologize to them for doing his job. And the manufactured alarm over a picture of him dressed up as Aladdin with a blackened face for a gala school event, some twenty years ago.

People wonder if Canadian media, lacking the kind of serious political fault lines found in Britain and America are scraping the bottom of the news barrel, trying not to be undone by their media brethren?

 Jon Peter Christoff   

West Kelowna 

Chretien is not front-page news

Dear Editor:

Lazy journalism Courier!

The Courier printed misinformation about Orange Shirt Day last year and they’ve done it again. Observed on Sept. 30 every year, Orange Shirt Day was founded by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad.

Obviously a huge front page article about an aging white man (Jean Chretien) is more worthy than information about a grassroots movement started by an Indigenous B.C. woman who survived the residential school system. Shame!

Vee Krisp


Great time had by all at rally

Dear Editor:

It was an exciting day at Kelowna’s climate protest. I proudly donned my  Stephen Fuhr Liberal shirt, grabbed a sign and joined the melee. It truly was a progressive love fest, plenty of hugs to go around. It was a very unifying event. The only conflict I had was with someone who denounced democracy in the face of climate change. A comment that ended my discourse with him.

Someone was carrying a sign that said Trudeau isn’t listening, so, when I approached him and asked what Trudeau wasn’t listening to, he said he didn’t know, that someone just gave him the sign to hold.

I had some really engaging conversations with the students that attended and photographed the many hilarious climate change signs they were carrying. I was able to dispense a little wisdom to them. What they didn’t realize that all the progressive parties, the Greens, the NDP, the Liberals and the old Progressive Conservative party all have the same agenda, to have everyone participate in the economy and to save the planet.

The difference between them all is the route taken and the speed at which we arrive, but the destination is the same. It has become very obvious that the CPC’s destination is very different and will never take Canada there. This is a sad revelation as the PC party was the party that ended acid rain, and ended the use of the refrigerant CFC that was destroying our ozone layer.

Imagine that a party of environmental stewardship has morphed into a party of climate deniers. How did that happen, especially in the face of irrefutable evidence that humans are to blame for climate change?

I finally had the opportunity to meet NDP candidate Justin Kulik (full disclosure I volunteer on Team Fuhr and vote Liberal, but donated to Justin Kulik’s campaign to help the floundering NDP). He was excited to be there and participate he had same really passionate supporters and it was a blast to engage with them!

What the Liberals have done for the environment:

• Doubled the area of protected lands

• $1.5 billion Ocean’s protection plan

• Legislated a new national energy efficient building code

• Funded a Geothermal power plant

• Committed to close all coal fired power plants

• Put a price on carbon

• Aligned Canada’s auto emissions with California’s (the strictest in the world)

• At risk species act

Check out on the internet: “The serious $70 billion climate plan you’ve heard nothing about.”

We can do this together!

Bill Rice


Kids are making a huge difference

Dear Editor:

Re: “Kids won’t save world” by M.C.R. Krien (Courier, Sept. 27).

Hey M.C.R Krien, as the youth would say, you need to chill out man! I’m not sure if you realize this, but children aren’t the ones that are buying the TVs, the big houses, the smart phones, cars or computers. Their parents are buying them, you know, the kids that you raised.

Also, I’m not sure what news channels you are watching, but these lazy kids you speak of seem to be marching in the streets an awful lot considering they are supposedly all inside glued to the television.

The Parkland students in Florida, Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai have been some of if not the loudest voices in the world when it comes to positive change in the last few years.

So maybe rather than complain about the youth, get off your own butt and do something positive.

RA Simpson


Not everyone should own a pet

Dear Editor:

When Good Pets Go Bad, Pets Behaving Badly, and My Cat from Hell are all titles of some reality shows.   I’m sure that any one of my pets, past and present, could fit into one of these categories occasionally, or in some cases, like my Siamese, truly was a cat from hell.    

Hence I did not get overly upset when a black and white Stafford-shire terrier ran up and attacked our Australian Shepherd who was on a leash at the time. 

We just arrived at the Ellison dog park on Sept. 28, and were first time, off leash park users; hence we thought it best initially to keep her on a lead. 

The aggressor dog had just been playing with another big dog, when it suddenly ran over and started biting our dog, and she defended herself. 

My husband separated them as I yelled at the assailant canine and the owners rushed over and called their dog off and thankfully, it listened. However, when I complained that it was out of control, the woman said her dog was just a puppy. 

I replied that her puppy bites, and she just smirked and walked away, unapologetic, and left the park. I soon followed with my camera, but they already disappeared into their car and my husband asked me to stand down. 

No harm no foul per say, as our dog just had a superficial cut on her lip. It was more posturing than anything on the part of the Stafford-shire terrier, for now that is. 

Nonetheless, I beg to differ with the woman. Her pup was an aggressive breed of dog and exhibited its true colours.   Furthermore, some people should not have pets, and that couple were a prime example, as they did not take responsibility. 

Their dog, in my opinion, is a ticking time bomb ready to go off, and likely will strike again, and in a far worse way. It’s crazy that more people aren’t charged criminally, for their pets actions, however, it’s intimidating to address them, when you don’t know if the owners are as unpredictable as their pets.  

Moments later, we were confronted by yet another dog, this time a red and white pit bull cross. I photographed it as it came charging, with hackles up, while its owner in the far distance passively called back her Fido, and it reluctantly, after a time, did so, for now that is. 

Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel


Vote before going south for winter

Dear Editor:

Snowbirds your vote counts, so before you head south you can vote now.

Find your local Elections Canada office. Take in your ID and you can vote. Right now it is a write-in ballot, but as we get closer to election day the ballots will be printed with candidate names.

Your vote is important. Please vote now.

Rick Thorpe


“Fat Flat Rat” by Lloyd Atkins

Dear Editor:

As you probably know, Vernon has a “roof rat” problem. The first one appeared in our yard about three years ago. As well as occasionally seeing them scurrying about, their “tell-tale signs” have been frequently noticed in numerous yards in the Mission Hill area.

The largest one that I have caught so far was 16 inches long from nose to tail tip, with the tail being slightly longer than the body. Unfortunately they are here to stay and will keep spreading. Years ago I heard someone say, “For every rat you see there are 10 you don’t.”

The following poem was written to amuse our granddaughter, but I thought you might wish to use it in order to give your readers a tongue-in-cheek distraction from reading about those other rodents, the political ones that are currently monopolizing the news.  

Fat Flat Rat

When I saw the black rat

I didn’t stop to have a chat,

Or put out the welcome mat,

Or give him a gentle loving pat,

Or buy him a wide-brimmed sun hat,

Or offer him the chair upon which I sat.

I knew right away he was going to be a brat

And thought of ways to make him pancake-flat.

Eventually there was the sound of a rat-sized splat

And that was the end of that!

Lloyd Atkins