Suspicious of winning lottery numbers

Dear Editor:

If you were a betting person, on waking up two consecutive mornings in a row, with the bedside clock reading 6:49, what would you do? I did the obvious thing. Headed out to the nearest drug store and bought a quick-pick 6/49.

But, how can you win against the big mean computer machine that somehow manages to chose numbers that are impossible to match?

Example” a week or so ago the winning numbers were 21, 31, 41, 45, 46, and 47. Now, there isn’t a chance in the world that a quick-pick will give you those six numbers and I would say that the same would apply to anyone choosing their own set of numbers.

Naturally, the major prize was not won and the value of the prize went up considerably for the next draw, and the one after that and the one after that, enticing even more people to buy tickets.

Now, I’m not suggesting there is any hanky-panky going on, but it seems rather obvious, when the numbers aren’t published for sometimes two to three hours after the closing of the draw, that a good computer might just be able to go through all of the numbers played and chose a combination that has not been played. I’m just saying.

Frank Martens

Summerland

The realities of electric vehicles

Dear Editor:

So, Fortis has installed a couple of largely taxpayer-funded electric-vehicle charging stations at the airport. 

From the news release, taxpayers are on the hook for $450,000 of the $600,000 total.  This of course is on top of the taxpayer subsidies shelled out by various levels of government for the purchase of the vehicle (between $3,000-$10,000 and more). 

Then of course, because these vehicles pay no road tax, or other taxes which go into government coffers to pay for roads and other things, this constitutes a further subsidy by other taxpayers — hard to pin down exactly how much, but about $0.35/litre is the current taxation from all levels of government. 

The article says that each charge should last 300-400 km. One has to wonder under what conditions that estimate is made.  Last winter, in Chicago, EV owners found their charge lasted as few as 25 miles. Now we don’t get the same frigid temperatures they experienced, but it is safe to assume the upper limit is a sales promo and not real-world averages.

Electrical engineers tell us that a 20-30 minute “fast charge” does not totally “top up” EV batteries. They really need more than one hour.

But, the statement that is really rich that the $9 charging fee is “not really a fee for the electricity, but a fee for the half-hour of time.” Pardon. And, given Fortis’s costs are but $150,000, which they hope to recoup in 10 years, that $9/charge (er, “time') works out to about 1,667 times per year. 

And that doesn’t begin to pay back the taxpayers who forked out 75% of the original cost nor the wear and tear on the roads and other taxpayer-funded necessary expenses over those 10 years. 

Then, of course, must be added the taxpayer costs for the next eight “time” stations Fortis will be installing in the region — at a further cost to taxpayers of $1.8 million!

Jim Church

Kelowna

Our Canada is the perfect country

Dear Editor:

Canada is an imperfect country, managed by imperfect governments on behalf of imperfect people. To me it’s almost perfect.

Happy Canada Day!

Harry Grossmith

Kelowna

Drug busts should target wet housing

Dear Editor:

I was just reading about the RCMP multiple drug busts around Kelowna. That got me to wondering if they will have regular raids at the new “wet” supportive housing complexes where illegal drugs will be used every day.

Gord Marshall

Kelowna

Mayor & council oblivious to issues

Dear Editor:

Has Kelowna’s mayor become oblivious to public concerns? Why does he add insult to injury  when he addresses the electorate with “let-them-eat-cake” outbursts?

Problems of the homeless, the drug addicted and the mentally ill are major difficulties without ready solution. But the mayor’s “my- way-or- the- highway” approach reflects a blindness to reason.

The mayor and some normally-sane councillors belittle the valid concerns of citizens over the promulgation of drug “wet houses” in residential and commercial centres. One councillor has even misconstrued concerns by commenting; “putting a bullet in the brain of all druggies does nothing to enhance debate.”

These responses from our glorious leaders are counterproductive.

The public outcry against wet houses does not come out of spite for those with a drug problem. Quite the contrary. The concerns that I’ve heard are valid and well reasoned. They centre on the fact that those with a drug illness include many with mental illness and deserve proper care and assistance to recover.

The major concerns of our citizens reflect the documented experiences of our community. The wishful thinking of well-meaning planners must be tempered by reality.

Realistic concerns include;  

1. Druggies are humans down on their luck, with basic care needs. Where these care needs can be met without increased risk to society, conscience dictates that these needs should be met.   

2. Those seeking treatment deserve better access to treatment facilities. Druggies with no interest in recovery constitute a major threat to our community and should not be aided and abetted in continuation of a high risk lifestyle.

3. The homeless without severe mental illness or addiction problems should have priority with housing needs, uncontaminated by the behaviour of druggies.

4. Those refusing treatment should only be provided housing that is securely supervised, and away from residential and urban centres.

Unfortunately, the record of drug house residents in our community has been dismal; it is one of high crime, erratic behaviour, with poor supervision and ineffective security. Several are known drug distribution centres, a haven for pushers. 

Police records show wet houses to be centres of 24/7 problems. They result in social displacement with a negative downgrading of neighbourhoods.

No one should fault our leaders for “hoping for the best” in matters of policy. However, not to “plan for the worst” is negligent leadership of the highest order. Are we being forced to become unwilling enablers, or aiders and abettors in a badly flawed policy? Are our glorious leaders victimizing the whole community in attempts to help a few?

Ian Royce Sisett

Kelowna

Coyotes Cruises great for tourism

Dear Editor:

In my estimation, the city of Penticton will be facing severe opposition to the proposal to upgrade the facilities for people to float down the channel.

This opposition is the direct result of the Skaha Lake fiasco where the residents had to fight tooth and nail to stop a project that the majority didn’t want and that should have been evident to anyone.

No one can calculate the cost of this policy, as it continues on today with increased costs and delays to get anything done. This will continue until, and if, the administration regains the trust of the people. Incidentally, that policy of no listening and no resident input extended in other areas like the casino re-location to name one.

As a result of this opposition, and to take the heat off I presume, city administration did two things:

1. Appointed a committee to assess all the future park issues

2. Started an engagement program, and hired an engagement officer, Joanne Kleb.

While committees can have merit, there is problem with selection, representation across all interest groups, etc. The saying that “a camel is a horse designed by a committee” can apply in many cases. Time delays, missed opportunities, and additional costs are frequent.

The best results can be obtained by a properly functioning engagement program. In this situation, city administration has a feeling for residents wants on an ongoing basis and continually updates through regular surveys and input. Properly functioning includes buy in by the decision making group.

As it turns out, the current engagement group has established a very good base for the program, and the people involved are knowledgeable and competent. I believe they have a proposal approved to improve community involvement. The buy-in will be shown as projects are approved in the future, and the results become apparent. The current mayor and council appear to be a group the will respect input from the public until proven otherwise. If the general public buys in as well, I think that civic matters will run smoothly at less cost.

It would be a shame if the Coyote Cruises proposal is denied as I don’t think that it is really situated in an area that can be called a park. The city spends thousands of dollars to promote tourism, and here we are hindering an established and successful attraction.

It doesn’t really make much sense. Incidentally, the city should not increase the lease costs as the dollars involved are basically insignificant.

Claude Bergman

Penticton

More police action needed in P’town

Dear Editor:

Could not agree more with Karl Crosby’s observations (Herald letters, June 28) on the lack of police action and presence in our fair city.

In particular, infractions of the Motor Vehicle Act are rampant with idiot drivers flaunting the laws at every turn. When was the last time you saw a police check for speeders, distracted driving or seat belt infractions?

Things have definitely changed since Supt. Ted De Jager took over.

Paul Crossley

Penticton

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