Letters to the Editor

Disturbing letters

As much as I appreciate our freedom of expression, I do not appreciate it when people expose their uninformed, emotionally charged opinions that are based on manipulated brainwashing. In particular, I refer to the comments in your Nov. 28. issue about the photograph of Max Hoerning.

When are we waking up to reality that most wars are deliberately staged by a very few evil manipulators with the aim of personal and financial gain and in total disregard for the suffering of the people. The Second World War was not started by Hitler, but by financial interests in England and the United States.

Fortunately, the real facts are now available, but it takes an open mind to learn and understand. No soldier in the Second World War died for a good cause — they were manipulated to be murderers, or to be murdered, and it doesn’t matter on which side they fought.

Did many Canadian youths volunteer to go to war, because they were being brainwashed on how much fun it is, just as the youths in Iraq and Afghanistan blow themselves up, because they were brainwashed to believe that they will instantly go to heaven where seven virgins will wait for them?

On the subject of art, I was appalled to watch the presentation of Agnes Martin. Comments in your paper remind me of the emperor’s new suit. I want to be the little boy who said the emperor is naked, or in other words, Agnes Martin is no artist.

Protect our natural legacy

Judging by his letter in this newspaper last week Mr. Ernie Marven is clearly a man whose opposition to the establishment of a national park is sincere and deeply felt. But his strong revulsion has clearly impaired his judgment. He sees evil purposes at work behind Parks Canada holding an open house in Kelowna. People from the Central Okanagan were good enough to sit on the LRMP, but their views should count for nothing on the national park issue?

Mr. Marven engages in the ever-popular Canadian sport of Ottawa bashing. Parks Canada sets up citizens advisory boards made up of local interest groups, and they hire local people to staff their parks.

Mr. Marven brings his lawyerly skills to bear on the question of what the national park acts forbids, and concludes all this is a pointless waste of money. He then suggests we spend more on an inquiry! He underestimates our Canadian talent for finding a way to make things work.

We do hope that Parks Canada will purchase additional private lands for conservation, but presumably, they will look for large ranches, not “$100-150,000 per acre, prime grape growing properties”, as suggested by Mr. Marven. They may be bureaucrats, but I trust they’re not idiots.

Which brings me to the true targets of Mr. Marvin’s misguided ire — those weird, deceitful, naturalists — a group to which I am proud to claim membership. According to Mr. Marvin we are spoiled greedy children, sneaking behind the “LRMP’s back” and selling out our children’s birthrights for ... well it’s not clear exactly why Mr. Marvin thinks we’re willing to sell out our kids. Mr. Marven invites readers to ask a naturalist (he says preservationist evidently a cuss word for him) — “what are you giving up?”

The honest answer he says is “nothing.” At last we have something we can agree upon! Naturalists will benefit from a park, as will the great majority of citizens who enjoy a quiet time in the great outdoors without the racket of the internal combustion engine in its many incarnations, and the sight of condos poking out of every hilltop.

We are a small, not very important, minority, but perhaps, rather like the canary in the coal mine, we may serve to alert our fellow citizens to the destruction of our natural world before it is too late to save it. I believe we represent the interests of many Canadians who wish to protect their rich natural legacy for themselves, and their children.

Letter contained mistake

You published a letter of mine in the Nov. 30 edition. Unfortunately a mistake crept in, probably because the dictionary in the computer does not contain the proper word. Instead of Cimmeria it should have read Cremea, because this is how the word used to be read. Cremea is the Island in the Black Sea, which is now called Crimea, Or Krym.

This is important, because this story shows best, why this particular myth was placed logically in this local. It also shows how the invisibility of characters is combined with the visible in order to explain.

This story explains the logical reason why characters are related, why they are married, why they are male or female, or why they are sons or daughters.

In the Second World War the Germans had trouble taking the city of Sevastopol, which is locate on the Island of Krym, because the people there where hiding during attacks in an extensive cave system.

I have been told by a guest of mine from this area of the Ukraine, that some people stayed in those caves so long, that they completely lost their eyesight.

This is the reason why these people where considered to live in perpetual darkness. Now we can see, why the God of Sleep was placed in this locality.

Not according to plan

Re: Don Hudgeon’s letter, Summerland’s OCP a recipe for disaster.

I agree with the line in the Summerland Review, “Summerland residents should take time to comment on the draft OCP.” I would also request that the planning department and council actually take time to read the current OCP and the comprehensive development plan that identifies the DOS planning objectives. Four members of the present council — Mayor Gregory, councillors Roberge, Bennest and Finnis — were on the council 1993-1996 that ratified these planning issues.

Our current OCP (1996) states the district objectives are to:

n Evaluate methods of providing and accommodating more affordable forms of housing within the community.

n Ensure residential developments are located where they can be efficiently serviced and linked to the existing infrastructure without excessive cost to the taxpayer.

Both the current OCP and the draft OCP have one thing in common — they ignore most of these planning issues.

After I read them I would like to ask council: Why does the DOS bother with an OCP?

To quote Don Hudgeon, “the outside planning consultant was directed to update the OCP (1996) but not change the present boundaries as dictated by the Agricultural Land Commission over 30 years ago.”

In spite of this directive the consultants, council hired to update Summerland’s OCP asked the citizens of the DOS “Are you supportive of municipal initiatives through land planning to address climate change issues, primarily to reduce the use of automobiles particularly the densification of uses “in and around the downtown core?”

Just one more planning issue to be ignored.

Summerland’s sewer system cost $28 million and was actually built for people. This seems to be news to the planning department and council.

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