Opinion

The Penticton Walmart store

Walmart lineups are now painful

Dear Editor:

On Thursday, my husband and I went as usual to do our weekly shop at Walmart (which we have been doing since the food department opened) and since their policy for using automatic tills, we have noticed long delays and lineups at the regular tills since they only open two or three now.

We will not use these automatic tills since we know they are trying to cut back on their staff and we do not want to contribute to people losing their jobs.

This time, the lineups were chaotic because there was only one till open and two express tills. The lineup at the one till was so long that it stretched into the main walkway and along. The express lanes would only handle 12 items or less. Most of us had more items, especially with a long weekend coming up.

We waited seven minutes without moving or even being able to see the till aisle so my husband went to the main desk to complain and was told there were no others at all to man the tills. Another man came to complain that he tried to go through the express line since he only had 14 items and they would not serve him.

He, like us, refuses to use the automatic tills.

A little later, we still had not moved and people were starting to moan and then we noticed three or four supervisors talking and one came and opened up another till.

I am disabled and use a motor cart, if not we would shop somewhere else.

I believe that Walmart is trying to force us to use their automatic machines

regardless. I might add that while all this was going on, there were only two people using the automatic machines and at least 11 people wanting a till and more were joining our lineups.

Barbara Few

Okanagan Falls

Pen is mightier than the sword on abortion issue

Dear Editor:

The pen that’s mightier than the sword:

Is often used to oppress,

the abhorred.

Palpable fear of she,

Murderers of Autonomy,

Every fabric of our being,

deplored.

Your confessional,

reeks of scorn.

Of spurious concern,

for the unborn.

Suit, on a mission,

Moonlighting, clinician,

What is it,

You REALLY mourn?

That for you,

I refuse to make room?

For you to preside over,

My womb?

You can’t regulate,

What’s not up for debate,

How foolish of you,

to assume!

Watch, as together,

we rise.

To assure your ink,

never dries.

MY body, MY choice,

MY life, MY voice,

We are where,

YOUR power dies.

Kristin Staley

Kelowna

Tailgaters are danger on roads

Dear Editor:

As a driver with 70 years of driving experience in Canada, U.S. and Europe, I find an ever-increasing danger on the roads in the Kelowna/Westbank area. That problem is tailgate drivers.

While not as bad as the Daytona, Indy 500 or Talladega, it’s here and it’s every day of the week. It’s getting more expensive too ... check your auto insurance policy on your next renewal.

The question is, why follow so closely? Why stay only 20-feet behind the car in front of you? What reasons do you have?

1. Because you are late for work;

2. Drafting saves gas;

3. You don’t like the person passing you;

4. Because it’s a habit.

The answers are easy.

1. Get up and get started earlier;

2. Drafting at legal speeds saves you nothing;

3. Leave 10 car lenghts in front of you and the car in front. Life is calmer. If someone wants to pass, let them pass;

4. If it’s just a habit, kick it. It’s dangerous. Try dropping back. It’s easier on your nerves and makes driving the joy that it used to be. You’ll get there about 20 seconds later and you will save wear and tear on your nerves, your brakes and your bank account.

Robert Logan

West Kelowna

Vandals cause end to sani-dump service

Dear Editor:

I just learned today that the RV sani dump at the Kelowna Canadian Tire store is now closed permanently due to continued vandalism. This will have a severe detrimental impact on both local and tourist RV travellers.

I hope Canadian Tire will reconsider even if it means installing a pay system that is less susceptible to vandalism. As far as I know, there are only two other public dumps at gas stations anywhere in Kelowna or West Kelowna.

Gord Marshall

Kelowna

Judas Iscariot was not a hero

Dear Editor:

Re: “The questions of Christianity,” by Anthony Rage (Letters, May 6).

Rage suggests that Judas was a hero. This is not biblical.

Jesus himself said, “It would of been better if this man had never been born.”

In Acts, Chapter One, it stated Judas, after betraying Jesus, fell down and burst open in the middle and all his inside spilled out. Based alone on these two statements, how can anyone claim Judas was a hero?

Judas was a coward. He betrayed his Lord and according to Acts I, went to his own place — certainly not heaven, where Jesus dwells.

There is no place in the bible that Jesus asked Judas to betray him. But, Jesus did predict that someone would betray him and that someone was Judas Iscariot, the traitor.

Mel Gauthier

West Kelowna

Flooding will devalue property

Dear Editor:

The federal government will be releasing updated flood plain maps next year.

Some have suggested that these maps will cause a massive devaluation of houses located in these newly expanded flood-prone areas.

These areas will probably include many creekside and lakeside houses here in Kelowna. The years 2017 and 2018 have clearly shown us how wildly expensive, ineffective and wasteful it is to try to stop floods with temporary measures such as sandbags and waterdams.

City council and Kelowna’s citizens have long wanted more public access to our lake — now blocked in many places by rarely- used houses. Linear parks along our creekbanks and the lakeshore would enable this desired access and there would be only minimal damage and expense when they were periodically covered in flood-water.

But, how do we pay for these parks?

PLANKelowna suggests that the city, the province and the feds offer these property owners a tax exemption large enough to be an incentive to donate their properties to become linear park/flood zones. Maybe this exemption could be equal to the 2018 assessment value (which is higher, in most cases, than the present value and much higher than it will likely be after these maps are released).

The results: The homeowners rid themselves of properties for more money than they’ll eventually be worth. Governments do good without spending cash. Citizens get more access to our lake. We spend a lot less money in the future on flood control. Sounds like a possible win-win-win-win.

What do you think? Could it work?

Al Janusas

PLANKelowna

PM is buying Catholic votes

Dear Editor:

How is it done? Our prime minister and his family vacation with religious leader Aga Kahn at the Aga’s resort. Then, the PM decides to give millions to the French Catholic Church to help build a new roof. Again our taxpayers money. 

Is the PM buying Catholic votes by the latest move since an election is coming up?  I assume that the first-past-the-post allows our dictator PM to do what ever he wants with our tax money. I assume this is OK with all the taxpayers who attend the same church as does the prime minister. 

What about the rest of us taxpayers?

I can understand the result of the 2015 election — voters were eager for change to electoral reform. Will any of the parties run with this promise during the fall’s election?

Do not vote for this again. He broke his promise about electoral reform and he may lie to us again. I just feel it in my wallet. He is not one to be trusted in charge of our tax money. 

Oh, yes the budget, it will balance itself, right. 

 Jorgen Hansen

Kelowna

When will society's coddling end?

Dear Editor:

In the delusional world of those who would legitimize and concede to drug use, we now are to use new-and0improved wording.

Instead of “addict,” we ought to use “a person who uses opioids.” Instead of “junkie” or “doper,” proper terminology suggests “a person experiencing problems with substance abuse.” And, the most notable of all, those non-compliant to proper behaviour should be labeled as “persons experiencing barriers to accessing services.”

Good God! These pretentious people walk among us. When will the coddling end?

Paul Crossley

Penticton

Real estate crisis: BC Liberals own this one

Dear Editor:

The two professions that are at the bottom of my trustworthy list — real estate agents and lawyers — have once again proved themselves worthy of that position.

I’m referring to the significant amount of laundered money that has been used to buy homes and businesses in B.C. There is no doubt in most people’s minds that the agents and the lawyers who acted on behalf of the buyers could not have known what was happening. 

It is also quite possible that the banks with which they were dealing were also aware that they were helping to launder money, perhaps money that was gained through criminal activity. 

We can, at least here in B.C., put a lot of the blame on the previous BC Liberal government, which refused initially to take any kind of action against the exorbitant rise in housing prices.

An analogous situation occurred over many years in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where, despite what supporters of the politicians in those two provinces may think, the political oligarchy that ran those provinces for many years (particularly the Socreds and Conservatives in Alberta) obligingly gave away the oil resources to the world’s biggest corporations without question.

Hopefully in B.C. we can commission a fact- finding mission to successfully prosecute the real estate agents and their lawyers and bankers involved in this scandal and get back some of the money they scoffed off the public.

Frank Martens

Summerland

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