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FCM trip hard work, but worth it

Dear editor:

Normally I agree with James Miller’s

editorials. Not this time.  He thinks seven is too many members to send to Quebec City for a conference (Herald, May 29)

He thinks one mayor or representative could go and report back. Over the three and a half days there were 20 workshops

total. They were one and a half hours each. I have been to many conferences over the years and I know how much ground can be covered in 90 minutes. 

These are workshops focusing on specific topics and concerns that our individual communities have. Our RDOS Area D director, Ron Obirek, attended. He was able to get the attention of the housing minister. OK Falls needs housing. This is invaluable.

A face to face meeting will never be replaced by an email or even a phone call if he could even get through to speak to the minister. This is an opportunity to meet some of the politicians that can go to bat for us.

Is there a solution to the opioid crisis? I highly doubt it will be found in Quebec City no matter how many delegates went. And what does Doug Holmes being fluent in French have to do with anything? Last I heard they also spoke English in Quebec City.

I think James mischaracterizes the people going.  Maybe some of the members are treating it like a holiday; I believe most are not. They are working and talking and meeting and sharing.  I know our Area D director has our interests in mind in attending; that is why he is there. 

James also commented on the closure of the IGA in OK Falls. 

His statement that the people in this town have brought it on themselves is not only judgmental, I think it is wrong. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t compare prices, including you, James Miller.  

There is an IGA in both Penticton and Summerland. Why not increase the orders of goods and divert some of it out here? I think the prices they have been charging us are all about greed. It is no secret that most businesses’ bottom line is money. It is very sad that they don’t consider people’s needs as well, many of the same people that have supported the store all of these years in our little town. 

Heather Jackson

Okanagan Falls

Enviro letter strikes a chord

Dear editor:

John Thompson wrote a well-thought-out letter (Herald, June 13) about good riddance to single-use plastic. He makes some excellent points and some great suggestions to clean up our collective acts.

However, he did mention that a carbon tax doesn’t improve the climate and I would like to share something that suggests carbon tax has a role to play at a corporate level.

Waste Connections is the third largest waste company in North America. They have a landfill in Quebec that is designed to harvest methane created from fermenting garbage. Usually methane production is an unwanted byproduct of landfill management.

Waste Connections made an arrangement with a gas distribution company and proceeded to build a scrubber plant that further improves the quality of the gas produced.

This cleaned gas is then sold to states and provinces and it qualifies for carbon tax relief as the natural gas was produced in a landfill.

This is a win-win-win as Waste Connections is now an energy producer, citizens use a sustainable natural gas and down the road waste may be looked at as an asset This shows that carbon tax does have a role to play at the corporate levels of waste, water and other resource management.

If we are going to make inroads on the climate change, we are going to need a multi-pronged approach

Brian Hughes

Penticton

Dear editor:

John Thompson wrote an excellent letter on the many ways that we are ruining the environment. I think it would make an excellent editorial or guest column.

Using fossil fuels for energy (gas, heating, air conditioning, etc.) is only part of the bigger picture. There are too many people in this world and too many of them have a truly decadent life style.

The only comment I would like to add to his letter is that although electric vehicles are the right thing for the future, at this time there is not nearly enough electricity to fuel enough vehicles to make a real difference. This is another reason why the Site C dam is so very necessary.

Patricia DesBrisay

Penticton

Min. wage boost flows through

Dear editor:

Mr. Berry’s notes in his letter (Herald, June 14) that the increased minimum wage upped his haircut by $1.50.     

However, he has given the worker incentive and perhaps the worker will find it no longer necessary to sleep on the side walk. This reduces stress, medical and city legal costs.

The barber now can make a down payment on a cup of coffee, lifting his, which his happy customers will take out into the city and continue to make it the wonder it is.

Maybe we should increase the minimum wage more often!

Joe Schwarz

Penticton

Easy to be charged in Peach City

Dear editor:

In answer to James Miller’s question in the Okanagan Weekend paper (June 15), what does it take to get charged in Penticton? Sit on the sidewalk, of course!

Evelyn Giesbrecht

Penticton

Drop ideology for good of the planet

Dear editor:

Party discipline or personal values kept Dan Albas and other Conservative MPs from voting for middle class and business tax cuts; the Canada Child Benefit; ocean and environmental protection measures;

legalization of marijuana; pensions for life for veterans; and most recently, the ban on some plastic items. 

However, Conservatives would be well advised to consider thinking of ways to get behind a plastics ban – rather than fighting against it.  

While I wasn’t surprised to read of Mr. Albas’s skepticism toward the Liberal plan to ban certain single-use plastic products by 2021 (Herald, Opinion, June 14), the “party line” shouldn’t take precedence over any MP doing the right thing for future generations.

The Canadian government has a leadership role to play in fostering environmental stewardship, within Canada and internationally.  For example, joining the European Union to ban single-use plastics (as early as 2021) is a responsible and ethical course of action.

There’s a slogan: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly”. So as consumers, transition will be easier if we begin to make changes now. 

Many consumers have already switched from plastic bags to baskets and reusable shopping bags, and use refillable water bottles. We can all choose quality over quantity when buying clothing, toys and household items, and donate good quality used items to local thrift or second hand stores. 

There are many types of plastic, and the manufacturing process is complex and can cause pollution. Some plastics will likely be in use until suitable replacements are found.  For now, plastics are in necessary medical supplies, car parts, technological devices, and components of those items. However, given the growing volumes of plastics going into landfills, plus air, water and land ecosystems, we are challenged to produce and use plastics in a more sustainable way until they are replaced with sustainable materials.

Mr. Albas correctly points out that there are implementation details that need to be worked out; however, that’s no excuse to delay action on household items for which we already have sustainable replacements. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is adopting a science-based approach to more sustainable use of and less reliance on plastics. 

As a Canadian, I’m proud that the Trudeau government is leading this initiative towards a cleaner environment.

Connie Denesiuk,

Liberal candidate,

South Okanagan-West Kootenay

No wonder we talk of vigilantism

Dear editor:

The past little while I have heard RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager talk about how exaggerated our perception of crime is here in the South Okanagan.

On two occasions now, one drug addicted and violent individual has assaulted two people; one a couple of weeks ago at a local fast-food restaurant (a senior customer was struck for no reason) and again yesterday (a lady was punched, knocked to the ground, and an item stolen from her). This is called “strong-arm robbery.”

The police were called, but refused to attend. They told the lady they had arrested him in Okanagan Falls and had released him onto the streets of Penticton.

Assault of this nature is a serious crime. I don't give a rat's ass if this person has mental issues; he probably developed his mental issues after years of drug abuse. He is a danger to both himself and others and needs to be locked up. Period.

This city has a responsibility to keep its inhabitants safe, and this is simply not happening. People are going to start defending themselves, and the authorities had better be just as lenient on the innocent folks who start to fight back.

Mark Billesberger

Penticton

Safe injections going too far now

Dear editor:

I just watched Global National new and I am getting quite fed up with hearing about safe injection sites for addicts.

I understand that the government is all for it but I am not. I am a senior living on a fixed income and recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I had to buy a CPAP machine for $2,500 and the government did not help me one bit. I also need new hearing aids. Again the government is nowhere to help me.  I really cannot understand why the government jumps in to help all those addicts, who know what will happen when they overdose and still help them with clean needles and safe injection sites.

Something is definitely wrong here!

Barbara Sinclair

Naramata

Canadians now addicted to debt

Dear Editor:

How much do you owe?

A “debt clock” that allows viewers to watch as Canadians plunge further into the abyss reads $691 billion and climbing.

Whereas Canada's debt divided evenly among its citizens would be $18,688., in British Columbia you would need to add $14,200 more to account for your share of the provincial debt.

Less frequently discussed is the looming crisis of dangerously high level of household debt. As of 2018 Canada's household debt has surpassed $2 trillion. That's an additional $54,000-plus per person.

One of the keys to escaping the debt is learning to be content. That does not mean we never strive to improve ourselves or our income situation and circumstances, rather it means learning to find happiness. Contentment is not a function of how much one possesses, but one's outlook on life. And it can be built on a reputation for our diligence, and a godly living that provides a means of escaping a destiny of debt.

I strongly believe that finances should be taught in high schools, for young people to learn how to manage their income and not spend or borrow money on things they can't afford. That way you can have peace of mind.

Paul Kreeft

Okanagan Falls

Sports movie was right all along

Dear editor:

Call it serendipity or whatever, but the news recently carried a report about actor Cuba Gooding Jr. being accused of impropriety, and I immediately remembered him for his Oscar-winning role in “Jerry Maguire.”

He played a professional footballer opposite Tom Cruise in the title role as his agent, and the two shared the line “Show me the money,” which became iconic, as well as a very simple explanation as to what major professional sports is all about.

In all major sports leagues around the world the team owners are invariably billionaires employing millionaire sportsmen, who in turn are supported by fans routinely coughing up quite outrageous prices for jerseys, caps, and other memorabilia.

High admission prices to the games are beyond the financial reach of many, but avid (and at times rabid) fans sometimes pay ticket agents huge sums for seats in the arena, presumably for the bragging rights of supporting their team.

Within seconds of Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship last week,  an email was entering my computer’s inbox from the marketing division of a media company.  It attached a link to the NBA Store offering T-shirts and caps emblazoned with Toronto Raptors’ championship logo.  More proof to me as to what the world of professional sport has become: “Show me the money” indeed.

Bernie Smith

Parksville