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Letter: A win/win/win solution

This suggestion may never see the light of day, but I believe it is a true win/win/win.

This suggestion may never see the light of day, but I believe it is a true win/win/win.

Kill a selected number. Have local butcher volunteer cutting and wrapping. Donate bulk to the soup kitchen. Donate remainder to food bank. Have soup kitchen prepare special venison dinner fundraiser evening; have local wineries involved; price public tickets reasonably — I would pay $40 for a couples ticket.

The hungry will benefit from the protein = win. The needy will get fresh meat = win. The public will increase soup kitchen coffers and develop a deeper understanding of how truly great their community service is = win. Repeat this process with geese. Do both whenever required.

James Ludvigson


I am fed up with the public, grotesque, ignorance of Mayor Jakubeit who refers to deer as “a large rodent.”

Did he graduate from high school or pass any grade in science?

Deer are mammals, pests to some residents and a danger to some. This does not mean a cull is needed, as equally ignorant Fred Steele president of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association claims. Deer are wild but have made the city their temporary or permanent residence. The deer existed before any of we whites or settlers started throwing our weight around abusively. If you cannot accept the presence of the deer then perhaps you should move elsewhere, change your livelihood etc.? Mayor Jakubeit and Fred Steele strike me as out of touch, grandstanding individuals who wish to justify killing animals. If you are afraid of deer, I do sympathize, I just don’t agree with culling.

Patrick Longworth


Generally, I believe technology is a good thing. It allows humans to have an easier life, allows them to communicate at the touch of a button and allows for the mass production of consumer goods.

However, technology can have a down side, especially when it makes humans obsolete.

It all started with the ATM, which everyone thought was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I wonder how many bank employees lost their jobs after the inception of this? Then came e-mail. I wonder how many postal employees got the heave-ho when this took a firm hold on the world? The latest one I have seen was at a McDonald’s restaurant, where you can now order your meal by machine. Even the entry level jobs for our young people are now at risk.

Technology is something we have to be very cautious with, or else some very negative things lay on the horizon

I heard recently on the news that 40 per cent of Canadian jobs will disappear within 20 years to technology. This figure scares me. Lack of jobs means a rise in crime, violence, alcoholism and drug use, not to mention the additional strain on our welfare system. Total anarchy, if you will.

Anyone who lives in Penticton (theft capital of B.C.) who has had something stolen, knows that crime here is already bad enough. If you don’t believe me, ask Councillor Max Picton, who just had a high-end bicycle stolen recently from the area of Lee Avenue.

What really concerns me is that apparently the RCMP refuse to attend certain addresses where stolen goods are frequently found. Then, in the same breath, tell us not to take matters into our own hands which really does not help the problem at all. I would like to know why this policy seems to be the standard operating procedure now? Get out there and do your job, crime fighting and crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility not just that of the RCMP.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Mark Billesberger


Some thoughts regarding the recent news article in the Feb. 13 Penticton Western News, BCNDP leader Horgan questions Liberals moves.

With B.C.’s carbon pollution going up and this rise projected to continue, it is very encouraging to see a strong commitment to get B.C. back on track to meeting its emissions reduction goals.

We are pleased to see the commitment to implementing the recommendations of the premier’s Climate Leadership Team, which plot a course to significantly reduce B.C.’s carbon pollution — in particular, the pledge to adopt the proposed 2030 target and sector-by-sector targets for emissions. These steps forward would ensure the province takes action now to create green jobs and secure a sustainable future for B.C.’s families, communities, and economy, rather than leaving the hard work for a later day.

Building a B.C. that remains competitive as the world transitions to a clean economy, while defending affordability, is key to ensuring prosperity for all British Columbians over the long term. Articulating a clear plan to meet the federal carbon pricing schedule while standing up for B.C. families demonstrates important leadership on this front. We can’t afford to waffle and wait any longer. B.C. must seize the economic opportunity of a clean growth century or risk being left behind.

Josha MacNab

B.C. director at the Pembina Institute

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