Police need a better presence in Penticton

Dear editor:

Well, another month has passed in Penticton and I have not seen a uniformed police officer or a RCMP patrol car on our streets. And we wonder why the crime rate in our city continues to be on the civic agenda.

Without a visible police presence, we can expect the crime rate to continue unchanged. A marked police patrol car cruising our city streets, particularly the downtown area at night, would go a long way in deterring crime in our city.

As far as enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act, local police are “no shows” these days.

Daily I see drivers ignoring school speed and playground speed limits. The Channel Parkway might as well be renamed the “Channel Speedway,” where it’s not unusual to see drivers going 20 or 30 km/h over the posted limit. I even see some drivers “rolling” through stop signs because they know they can without penalty.

It seems there is depreciating respect for the law these days. Perhaps the main reason for this is that the law has become invisible in our town.

There is no shortage of police when a crime has been committed as they appear in great numbers. However, once things settle down they disappear once again.

I would like to see a 24-hour visible police presence in our city, periodic radar checks on the Channel Parkway, school zones and on Highway 97 on both ends of the city where it’s not unusual to see drivers doing 90 km/h or more in 60 km/h zones.

I know there are foot and cycle patrols in the downtown and beach areas in the summer when staff is available, but this effort lacks consistency.

No matter what our city council and top cop De Jager say about a safe city, it will not be safe until we have a continuing 24/7 visible police presence in Penticton.

Karl Crosby

Penticton

Cell tower opponents claim health at risk

Dear editor:

I was disappointed to read your editor's note in response to Hans Karow’s letter in the June 20, 2019, edition of The Herald. I'm afraid you have been misinformed about cell towers, and the huge risk associated with them.

Especially concerning is the fact that a cell tower could be built near our most vulnerable members of society – those who are being born in and trying to heal in our hospital.

Some of the major concerns include:

Insurance companies will not insure the risk associated with cell tower radiation.

There are hundreds of independent studies that confirm issues with cell tower radiation SC 6 is out of date and doesn't address the new and significantly higher levels of radiation, not to mention it doesn't apply to this type of radiation

I'm asking that you print a retraction of the outdated information that you included, and in the future do not include any information that is old and dated when talking about cell phone towers and the associated radiation. You are putting thousands of people at risk due to a lack of research and care, and the impact of this will be felt for generations to come. I'm including some links below for additional information.

Gloria Blanka

Penticton

Dear editor:

The Health Canada information you have provided your readers is out of date and inaccurate -- if you are responsible news media, you need to update your knowledge base before putting out information to the public.

Insurance companies refuse to insure risk associated with cell tower radiation.

Why would this be if there were no danger? There are thousands of independent studies that Health Canada is not considering which means that SC 6 is egregiously out of date and does not provide protection to the public.

Elizabeth Borek

Victoria

Weaver all wrong on demand for TMX oil

Dear editor:

BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver was interviewed on Global TV’s “West Block” last Sunday.

The topic was the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX), and since he arrived on the political scene a few years ago I’ve watched, heard and read many of Mr. Weaver's opinions and objections concerning the transportation of crude oil from Alberta to Westridge Terminal in Vancouver Harbour, and thence to destinations across the Pacific Ocean.

Being a retired deep-sea tanker captain, I can state with all humility that I’ve probably forgotten more about tanker safety than he and his environmentalist cohorts would ever be able to learn.

Since leading a caucus of three after the 2017 election he’s become “Angry Andy,” and that was the person that the nation saw on Sunday’s interview, making wildly incorrect statements.

Totally unburdened by any semblance of the truth, Angry Andy declared that Vancouver’s “entire harbour must shut down as these tankers leave and enter.”

The interviewer in Ottawa failed to correct him on that, or on his earlier statement that “the pipeline delivers a substance to a market that doesn’t exist.”

In fact, the TMX project originally came about following requests from oil shippers to get their product to the Pacific Rim, with 13 shippers having 15 to 20 year commitments that total about 80% of the capacity of the expanded pipeline.

Bernie Smith

Parksville

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