Intersection a dangerous place

Re: safety at the intersection of Trepanier Bench Road with Highway 97 in Peachland

I’ve lived on Trepanier Heights Avenue for 30 years, and over this time, there have been numerous concerns raised by the public as well as several governmental studies addressing safety at this convoluted intersection.

Desert Pines Avenue joins Trepanier Bench Road within 10 metres of the highway.

The poor sightlines there incite some drivers to take risks entering the highway when it is busy, and traffic is backed up behind them on Trepanier Bench Road.

And to complicate this situation, vehicles leaving the highway to enter Desert Pines Avenue must cross through the line up that is waiting to get onto the highway.

The mayor and at least two councillors are familiar with this issue, having used this route to commute, and several have gone on record with serious concerns.

At a public meeting on June 23, 2016, Grant Lachmuth, a highways expert hired by the District of Peachland was quoted as saying:

“I’ve almost T-boned someone coming out of Trepanier Bench Road.”

I urge our elected officials to exercise due diligence and ensure that a traffic light is installed now rather than continuing to tempt fate by postponing action year after year.

I understand that it could be synchronized with the light at the intersection of Highway 97 and Clements Crescent, which I believe was not installed until after a fatality occurred there.

Get on with it!

Paul MacNamara, Peachland

Calgary Stampede should be charged

Dear Editor:

I agree with Animal Justice that there should be cruelty charges as a result of the six horses killed in the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede.

Under Alberta’s Animal Protection Act, it is illegal to cause an animal to be in distress or cause it pain and suffering. I would say that the cruel and inhumane treatment at the chuckwagon races would definitely fit that definition.

The Crown would not prosecute because apparently the Stampede events fall within the act’s exemptions. That makes no sense. These horses need to be protected, just like dogs and cats and every other domesticated animal.

Once again the race organizers say that they will do a “thorough review of chuckwagon safety and if adjustments need to be made we will make them.”

A lot of good that does for the six horses who needlessly died this year and the many others who died in previous years.

A driver was fined $10,000 and banned indefinitely from competing. That is a good thing, but the same injuries and deaths of horses will happen every year and we will hear he same excuses and blinding support for this useless event.

The stampede seems to be like a national icon that it apparently untouchable by animal protection laws.

No politician in Alberta or nationally has the courage to stand up and take action to ban these inhumane events. Chuckwagon and other cruel rodeo events such as calf roping (which is very traumatic for the calves) need to be banned for good.

Unfortunately as long as the many thousands of people go to these events, they will probably never end.

I don’t get the attraction to watching animals being exploited and unduly stressed out this way.

I would never attend such a spectacle and if I ever witnessed horses being injured and then having to be put down, I would be horrified.

Tim Bayliss, Kelowna

B.C entering the post-forestry age

Dear Editor:

The multiple sawmill closures in B.C.’s Interior this year did not come out of the blue. Similar sawmill closures previously occurred on the Coast, where 70% of what existed in 1987 is now gone.

Many in B.C.’s resource sector, like myself, saw this coming for decades. Early symptoms were negative cumulative effects of large-scale clearcut logging on non-timber resource values.

To respond, the province has three forest policy options:

1. Status quo, with diminishing returns, hoping short-term outside market forces for commodity forest products will improve.

2. Economic diversification out of forestry. Former B.C. logging and mill towns on Vancouver Island are already doing this (old growth is an asset).

3. Adaptation and diversification within forestry, first by managing for an ecologically sustainable forest that is complex,

resilient and self-renewing. This forest has the diversity, productivity, quality and value, within limits, to sustain us economically, socially, and culturally.

A just transition for those negatively impacted by these adverse events will be part of every option.

The best decision makers have foresight, and move towards quality and value in everything that is done.

A restorative economy will include First Nations reconciliation; application of new knowledge and skills; improved forest stewardship, planning and governance; economic restructuring and adaptation to climate change.

Ray Travers, Victoria

Everyone should be treated equally

Dear Editor:

I just finished reading the article about the delay in the sentencing of Steven Pirko to get a Gladue report, which is a document used when sentencing someone of Aboriginal or Metis heritage.

Be well assured that if this group or any other were to be given harsher sentences based on heritage, sex, religion or any other criteria, there would be huge outpouring suggesting discrimination and rightfully so.

If Canada is to be a true democracy, everyone should be treated equal at all times. There should be one set of rules and laws for all to abide by and if some choose to break those laws, then punishment should be the same for every citizen, otherwise it is just reverse discrimination.

In this particular case, Chris Ausman is just as dead and will be missed by his family forever, regardless of who hit him in the head with a hammer or what nationality, sex or heritage of the person that is.

The punishment should be handed out according to the crime and nothing else.

Why should the severity of the punishment be adjusted on the basis of lineage?

Guy Bissonnette, Kelowna

Care at KGH is wonderful

Dear Editor:

I am thankful for the great facilities and awesome staff we have at the Kelowna General Hospital.

After having major skin cancer surgery and my first ever hospital stay, I want to thank the KGH staff and 4th floor Royal nurses for the wonderful care I received last month.

All the staff and nurses I came in contact with were caring, compassionate and efficient.

I want to especially thank Dr. Bakala and the doctors who assisted him in my surgery, for their skill and patient care.

Our medical system is not perfect, but when it’s your turn, you can be thankful it is great,

Max DeBeeson, Kelowna

America needs be blessed now

Dear Editor:

When is the Republican party in the United States going to show some strength of character and backbone and stand up to this person masquerading as the president.

I can’t believe in this day and age that Americans are taking such a gamble and supporting this nincompoop of a president.

Do they find it amusing?

Are they aware of what happened in Germany in 1938? See what that led to.

I’m sorry, but my childhood image of American has just been flushed down the toilet.

God really needs to bless America now more than ever.

J. Houston, Kelowna