Letter: Support for Kooy

Seriously, Penticton Western News, go get some real news.

This letter is to the Penticton Western News! Shame on you!

The article, Nov. 1, 2019, regarding Dr. Jack Kooy, a wonderfully respected doctor in Penticton is not front-page news! Or made not to look like front-page news but is.

This doctor did not commit a crime.

Maybe put the low-life thieves on your front page. They are stealing from our local businesses, assaulting innocent people and robbing our homes and vehicles of our hard-earned belongings.

Or maybe put the judges in there that let these criminals off over and over again just to go out and re-offend.

These criminals have no fear because there is no punishment.

Dr. Kooy married an ex-patient. She is a wonderful woman and they have been happily married for three years.

He has apologized to his patients, which was not necessary. It is hard enough for doctors to have a personal life. They don’t need the stress of a newspaper article like this.

The only people hurt here from your poor choice of judgment writing this article the way you did is the patients. They need their doctor!

I hope Dr. Kooy and his wife are away on a well-deserved vacation.

Seriously, Penticton Western News go get some real news.

Cathy Tribbeck


Editor’s note: The article in question ran on page 3, and reported the fact that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. had suspended Dr. Jacobus Kooy’s medical licence. It was not suggested that he had committed a crime, and the College declined to comment on the matter. Kooy also did not respond to a request for comment.

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