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Letter: The next election

Let the selection process and screening begin

The next election

Why is it we cannot trust our elected officials?

When most were confident our parks were safe from these bullies, it turns out maybe they are not safe at all. Was the Parks Master Plan to protect our parks as most had hoped? Or, indeed created to make commercially developing our parks legal by “stacking the deck “ with a committee favouring their personal dreams? Does it also appear those elected officials are like five-year-old spoiled brats that will stop at nothing to get their way where winning is more important than what is best long term for residents and tourists of Penticton?

My view is those at the helm care little of the environment, parks or the public and lack long-term foresight beyond the point of un-professional conduct and lack intelligence decisions all in the name of my way or no way.

How can we get rid of these parasites once and for all? Are they truly acting in the best interests of those they represent and can a case of misappropriation of public funds spending on legal representation for a cause the public has proven against be a possibility?

The next election has to be well thought out,with five polling stations — two of which are senior friendly/accessible. In my opinion, during the last election most would agree it appeared illegal at best. Which candidates are willing to give up the benefits plan? Which candidates are willing to sign an affidavit/legal document once elected to lock-in our parks as permanent green space for which they were intended, not to develop at the whims of a select few and to put a lock on commercial development, by covent if such can be done. Which mayoral candidates would be willing to immediately terminate all senior staff responsible for the dreams of commercially selling-out/developing our precious green space ?

I have come to realize the elected officials will not deviate from their dream- team agenda, but will instead take different avenues to reach their personal agenda in spite of overwhelming opposition. There is zero hope on changing these short-sighted, simple-minded officials, thus making the next election the most important election in Penticton history to save our parks, facilities and sports fields for now and future generations.

Penticton needs politicians and staff that are smart enough to value green space, the public and their word. Which candidates will run for what is best for the public and not themselves? Let the selection process and screening begin. We need to know in advance which candidates are truly genuine.

Clifford Martin