Eastside Road dangerous route

Dear Editor:

The only surprising sad news of Wednesday night’s hit-and-run accident of a cyclist being seriously injured after been struck by a vehicle, is that it doesn’t happen more often.

Eastside Road in Penticton is a popular cycling and running route for local and visiting athletes training for fitness and competive events, such as the Ironman triathlon.

It is also heavily-used by commuters traveling between Okanagan Falls and points south to Penticton and vice versa.

This is part of the problem, too many cars on that road using it as a supposed short cut, when actually time wise (especially if speed limits are being observed), there is very little difference between using the Highwy 97 and Eastside Road.

If someone were to take licence plate numbers of cars going on to Eastside Road at Okanagan Falls and again at Skaha Lake Marina, I’m willing to bet over half are straight-though commuters.

Why?

There is a perfectly good highway to use. Could Eastside not be posted as local route only?

The cynical side of me says it might make things worse. If traffic actually were reduced, you might have the remaining traffic moving even faster — making up time — on their now clearer road.

Suggestion.

Perhaps the provincial ministry could look at making popular recreation routes (Eastside Road, Naramata Road, Green Mountain Road) designated official recreational corridors, where fines for speeding are doubled, similar to construction zones.

I am sure there are many other roads in B.C. that have similar circumstances that would benefit from lower traffic speeds by being designated official corridors with heavier fines. At the very least, it would raise the awareness of the problem. 

Sadly something as simple as this proposal would likely take a lifetime to work its way through provincial legislature and courts.

Just a little rant before I head out for my bike ride.

Tim Daechsel

Penticton

Another story of sacrifice

Dear Editor:

Private Robert (Butch) Clayton of Vernon K 63193, age 20 of the 1st Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) was killed in action on June 9, 1944 at Putot-en-Bessin.

The German 26th Panzer Grenadier Regiment was ordered to break through the Canadian Scottish line that they had captured June 8th. Lt. Col. Cabeldu, Commander of the Can. Scots, was told that there was no infantry battalion between the enemy in Putot and the Normandy beaches and they were to hold out at all costs.

Repeated strong German assaults by tanks and infantry were repulsed at a high cost to the Can Scots — one-third of the Regiment being casualties.

The marvellous work of the stretcher bearers during this battle was mentioned in the Battalion’s history. Butch Clayton was a piper in the regiment’s pipe band. The band members were trained as medics and stretcher bearers. He was killed while carrying a wounded soldier to safety.

Robert Passmore

Vernon

Suggestions to prevent forest fire

Dear Editor:

Forest fire season is on us again. 

As usual, most fires seem to be human caused. Moreover, many seem to start at the side of the road or highway. This suggests that live cigarette butts are still being tossed from vehicle windows. 

I am aware that most motor vehicles today have no ash trays, but this does not let you off the hook.

Here are some suggestions to help you not be the cause of a fire.

1. Get a water bottle and half fill with water. Put it in your drink holder and drop your butt into it.

2. If you’re on a long trip, stop at a view point and get out to smoke. Make sure your butt is well out before leaving.

3. Best of all, quit smoking! You will be doing yourself a world of good as well as the environment.

Finally, all of us on the road should watch for cigarette butts tossed out of vehicles and safely take note of licence numbers to report to the police.

Greg J. Prichard

Kelowna

Nanaimo Square like Skaha Park

Dear Editor:

I understand why it is not wise to allow sitting or lying on the sidewalks in Penticton, especially the downtown core. That’s just common sense.

But, to cordon off Nanaimo Square for use only by one business to me smacks of what the city almost allowed with Skaha Lake Park.

That’s a pretty little spot in the downtown core that should be accessible to all.

Stuart Gorner

Penticton

Whale-watching boats a hazard

Dear Editor:

On May 27, in Cowichan Bay there was at least one Orca swimming and possibly feeding.

There were also 11 boats within 800 metres of the whale, mostly operated by whale-watching tour companies.

Some of these boats were close enough to the whale that they seemed to be herding it across the bay.

Others were motoring in or out of the bay with noisy high-speed diesel engines.

All vessels seemed to be under power and following the whale. Three were closer than 400 metres and one seemed to be well within 200 metres.

The scene sums up our disregard for these creatures.

I understand that some operators conduct business in a manner that is respectful of the wildlife and serve to educate their clientele but I believe many operators ignore the intent of the rules and regulations.

John Ellis

Cowichan Bay

Disagrees with word usage

Dear Editor:

I am totally offended by the use of the word “genocide” to describe the murders of First Nation women. It’s an inappropriate use of the word.

We can not afford another four years of the Liberals. Vote for anyone but Justin Trudeau this coming election.

John White

Kelowna