Opinion

Editorial off base

It was very enlightening to read your completely ‘objective’ editorial “Legislation plays on public’s fears,” Western News, Oct. 24.

Words like demagoguery, unconscionable, fear, paranoia, suspicion and electoral self-gratification are not great contributors to a rational debate on a very important social issue. Rather than creating fear in the public domain, the legislation (Bill C-27) is in response to the fears and concerns that already exist.

While it may not be the perfect solution it does attempt to address public concerns rather than build a theoretical solution based on questionable interpretations of statistics and on that tired old canard that rehabilitation will prevent criminals from returning to their old ways. How about balancing your argument with statistics and an analysis of the recidivism rate among those who have undergone rehabilitation?

While I have no idea what such a study would reveal it would go a long way in informing the public of another side of the debate and not just the biased commentary provided in your editorial.

It would appear that since you feel the government is wrong on this issue and that the three opposition parties lack the brains, heart and courage to oppose it, you are the lone entity that has the correct position on the matter. Quite frankly I look forward to you and all the media, to provide a much more informed, balanced and rational evaluation of such an important issue.

Recognition appreciated

Finally out of the orchard — after picking 60 tons of apples and pears (in support of the Ryga Centre) and I now have a moment (prior to setting off on tour with The Contenders) to write a note to express my appreciation to the City of Armstrong — mayor, council and administration (the community of Armstrong and the Okanagan/Interior for their support, especially during the past two decades) for extending their consideration in the form of a Recognition of Excellence for myself, family and friends. It truly was a “once-in-a-lifetime moment” that they created and I will always be truly grateful to have shared it with all in attendance.

With George Ryga Week in B.C. — as proclaimed by the province of B.C. and the office of the Lieutenant Governor (Oct. 28–Nov. 3) — almost upon us, and the 20th commemorative of Ryga’s untimely demise at the age of 55 of stomach cancer, I am truly proud to share this acknowledgement as my part in continuing to honor the legacy that George Ryga, a truly great Canadian, left to Canadian society.

With profoundest appreciation I thank the Armstrong (and Okanagan-Interior) community that I, and my family, are so fortunate to be a part of.

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