Try not to confuse your ancestors

Dear editor:

Did nobody notice that, in the article in the Okanagan Weekend (June 22) about the statue of Chief Charlie Swkncut, the sculptor, Crystal Przybille said she wanted to use “ancestors” of Chief Swkncut as live models?

Common practice is to describe a person’s parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents by those titles and those relatives who preceded the great-great-grandparents are lumped together by the term “ancestors.”

By this definition, Chief Swkncut’s youngest ancestors would likely have died more than 200 years ago.

Chief Roxanne Lindley said that her brother Tom Lindley and his son Tom Jr. acted as models for the statue. These men, are, of course, “descendants” of Chief Swkncut, not “ancestors.”

Brian Butler


IH undeniably in charge of needles

Dear editor:

While I am very pleased to have my voice heard in my letter (June 25), and I thank the Herald for that, I am dismayed to find the most important part of my letter omitted – the quoted information I found on the BC Center for Disease Control's website that lays out specifically who is responsible for the needle cleanup in Penticton.

With everyone up in arms in town, I believed that the community needed to know what party really is responsible for this mess, and so, armed with the facts I had found, I wrote my letter calling out that party – Interior Health.

I had hoped that by doing this, it would give the community a foundation for taking their complaints up the correct department, rather than pointing fingers in the dark at people who ultimately answer to Interior Health!

See for yourselves. And seriously, take the time to read it:

This can be found with considerable searching on the BCCDC website under Harm Reduction, and it details the Government of BC's policies and plans for their harm reduction services down to the last detail.

The BCCDC's policy and guidelines for Harm Reduction Services and Strategy lists as its third main objective: "Health authorities, contracted agencies and community partners will take appropriate steps to

protect the public from inappropriately discarded injection equipment and drug paraphernalia."

And, also listed among its policies: "8.0- Recovery and safe disposal of syringes. HRSS and community partners will formulate community plans for harm reduction supply disposal." It goes on to list community plan examples, including "the pickup of discarded supplies from streets, schoolyards, parks and alleys."

My point, which was lost, is that harm reduction services in the Okanagan are run by Interior Health. They are who each of our community partners answer to, and work in conjunction with.

Yes, the B.C. government is in charge, but in the Okanagan, Interior Health delegates the operations of HRS to its community partners – which is why I thought it was so important to make people aware of that, especially since Interior Health officials seem to be trying their hardest to deny that fact.

Robyn Smuin


Cruise closure ordered by city

Dear editor:

Re: “Disappointment on Cruise closure,” Herald, Letters, June 26

It seems letter writer Stuart Town is grossly misinformed of the actual facts regarding his comments about the Peach City Beach Cruise road closures.

Directors were under strict requirements by certain departments within Penticton City Hall and were under strict rules this year to close Lakeshore Drive to unregistered vehicles.

These requirements were mandatory under the terms set out by the City of Penticton, not the directors! The directors work their butts off every year to ensure the car show is an annual success enjoyed by all who attend, 19 years and counting.

You need to do your homework prior to making fact-less comments, Mr. Town.

Estelle Sankey


Recycling change belongs in trash

Dear editor:

Somebody, likely sitting behind a desk, has come up with another stupid idea that requires an answer

In July 2019, blue plastic bags for recycling waste paper and such cannot be used.

I received a recycle-only sticker to place on a plastic container, commonly known as a garbage can to replace old Blue

The belly of the garbage truck that services Olalla has what appears to be two compartments which require human strength to load, as regular garbage can weigh up to 50 pounds per bag.

Much lighter blue bags taken every second Friday are thrown into the top level, regular garbage into the lower one. How in the world are these blue-bag bins going to be dumped into the upper level, yet alone the consistent weight of regular garbage if it trades dump places with the blue bag?

No mechanical lifts on trucks here in the frontier, so maybe a desk jobber can be an available swamper to belly-dive when stuff gets hung up?

Paper bags for yard waste, now this. Yuk!

Tom Isherwood


English dying due to sloppy usage

Dear editor:

The English language, in many cases, defies logic that any of us understand. It is one of a very few languages that has exceptions to the exceptions. Really, the one thing that we can say about English is that it is consistently inconsistent. This is probably due to it being made up of a potpourri of languages.

In the past few years, lazy speech has become the norm for news anchors, public speakers, TV ads and the public in general.

Case in point as follows:

Behind has been delegated in pronunciation to ba-hind

Twenty has been delegated in pronunciation to twenny, twunny, twunty

Because has been delegated in pronunciation to ba-cuzz

Yes has been delegated in pronunciation to ya

Nuclear has been delegated in pronunciation to nu-cular

These are but a few of the “lazy word exchanges.” There are many more.

You probably are wondering as to why the fuss. It isn’t really a fuss. It just seems like a lazy way of using the English language because we may not care what we sound like.

The old ideological reference to the Queen’s English is passé now. We don’t speak like the Queen and we are not likely to any time soon.

In England today, even with Her Majesty’s English there appears to be flaws. Most of these are in pronunciation or enunciation areas. It seems strange that vowel sounds for many words are the same. However, there seems to be some exceptions that are without clarification or explanation.

I make reference here to the “a” sound as in cat. In English speech the following have “a” as in cat sound. Some of these are: cat, hat, mad, dad, had lad, fad. The part that amazes me is that convention seems to go out of the window when the Brits pronounce such words as chance and dance as “chawnce and dawnce.” Go figure!

In summary, I don’t pretend to have perfect language skills and pronunciation.  However, I try to maintain a grammatical standard that is appropriate.

Maybe having an M. Ed degree in English is the reason. I don’t really know. There are probably twenny reasons why!

Ron Barillaro


Small acts help reduce pollution

Dear editor:

This is my rant, as Rick Mercer used to say: Plastic pollution has become a huge problem worldwide.

A large amount of single-use plastic ends up in the oceans. Recycling is only a small part of the solution. Large companies have to start producing less.

Did you know that Coca-Cola makes 120 billion bottles every year? What about all the other plastic bottles that are produced? A lot of them end up in the ocean.

I attended the recycle event in Summerland last Saturday. We all dutifully sorted out our various plastic bags, plastic wrap and Styrofoam, etc. I wondered where most of it will end up.

We in Canada and the U.S. think we are doing our bit, but other countries, such as Bangladesh banned plastic bags in 2002! Canada is planning to ban them in 2020. But what about the other plastic throw-aways?

The main thing that we, as consumers, can do is to use less throw-away plastic items. Look for items in glass such as peanut butter; buy in bulk stores and take you own bag; take you own cup and cutlery to a cafe; take your own "doggie bag" container to a restaurant.

These things are just a start, but we owe it to the future generation: Our children and grandchildren who will inherit the mess, and to the fish, sea mammals and sea birds who are ingesting plastic particles.

Pixie Marriott


Validity of TMX poll questioned

Dear editor:

It's readily claimed, including by the mainstream news-media, that a majority of B.C.ers support the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Were there any actual scientifically accurate surveys taken that truly support this  claim that’s frequently cited, even on social media?

From my understanding, Angus Reid surveys, for example, now typically gauge public opinion via its online surveys—accessible to anyone wishing to register.

I asked Angus Reid how they ensure that their membership online-survey participants statistically reflect the general ideological inclinations of the populace as a whole (since the news media don’t seem interested), but I received only silence.

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock