Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

Letter: Concerned about a police state

Canadians should be very concerned about this

A story I saw recently on the news concerns me greatly.

Starting on Tuesday, police will apparently be able to pull someone over at random, regardless of whether or not you are committing an infraction, and demand a breath sample to check for impairment.

This is not only unconstitutional (we have a right to be free from arbitrary detention) but is very much “Police state-like” in my opinion. Canadians should be very concerned about this.

The authorities are using legalization of marijuana as an excuse to strip away our fundamental right to privacy. If this is permitted to happen, what will be next? Give them the right to randomly check homes without cause to make sure there are no weapons or drugs? I’m sure this will do a lot to help our backed up legal system, because I envision a whole lot of people fighting this in court.

It’s time we as citizens say enough is enough.

Mark Billesberger


Just Posted

Hundreds turn out for Singh, NDP candidate rally in Penticton

The messaging was clear, NDP “chooses you”

Thrash Wrestling hosts All the Rage international match tonight

Local wrestlers take on stars of Doutonbori Pro Wrestling from Osaka, Japan.

Penticton local looking to go pro in kickboxing in 2020

The sport will become officially legal in B.C. in just over two months

Vees fall to Vipers in overtime at the SOEC

Penticton takes on Nanaimo tonight in their double header home game weekend

Summerland holds multiple events to launch festive season

Festival of Lights, Light Up the Vines and Sip ’n’ Shop will be held in late November and December

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Letter: Candidates and social issues

Reader feels only Cannings and NDP have plans for social issues

PET OF THE WEEK: Moose still needs a home

Critteraid cat wants a nice, quiet environment

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Most Read