LETTERS: A winning situation

My question is why would anyone in their right mind want to run for mayor or council?

Every mayor and council has projects that create controversy. The previous mayor only served a short term and decided he had enough.

I wonder if the protests over the Lakeshore Drive walkway had anything to do with his decision not to run again. We still have a beach, trees are growing to replace the old ones and all the benches and tables were replaced with updated, more durable units complete with dedication plaques.

My question is why would anyone in their right mind want to run for mayor or council? The pay is not great and the abuse they take is absurd.

So much of this protest is being manipulated. I just wish people would go to Skaha and see for themselves what is proposed.

The parking lot for trailers that is now situated between the green space and the beach will be moved into the area along the creek between where the Rotary Water Park is now and the marina. The water park will be moved to a position right on the beach. The present parking lot will be turned into green space on the water and the water slide will have a short side bordering on the beach. Another parking lot will be built south of the marina and a roundabout will be created in front of the boat launch to make launching easier and less congestive. It will be a friendly situation with more usable green space.

I feel the whole project is well thought out and designed. The final product will be something we can be proud of.

Previous mayors have had referendums. Why don’t they make the decision of the referendum binding e.g. when they did the SOEC, they had a referendum to borrow the money and then had another one on the ballet that was not binding. It asked if the electorate was OK with a private firm running the SOEC Now it is being proposed that taxpayer group be created, funded by our tax money. Individuals are demanding tax money be spent on referendums to check up on the council. What are these people thinking? Save tax money?

Look at what previous councils have done with a tax base as small as Penticton’s. The walkway was built with taxpayer money and has added to the ambience of Okanagan Lake. The South Okanagan Events Centre, which made me cringe with all the cost over runs, is paying its way and was built with taxpayer’s money. The aquatic and convention centre were built with taxpayers money and doing well. Our councils do a great job and should be applauded.

In this situation we have a company prepared to rebuild several city structures, with their money and pay the city for the privilege. If they can’t make money the city takes it back. It is a winning situation for us. Our park will be upgraded and we get paid.

“Doc” Holloway




Just Posted

Photos: Sick rides came out to support sick kids at the Penticton Shriners Show & Shine

The annual event, held in Okanagan Falls, benefits the Shriners Care for Kids Program

Penticton KISU swimmers set Canadian records

KISU Swim Club members at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Championship

Clouds Sunday, sunshine and heat Monday

Weather forecast for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen looks spectacular

Cyclist in distress prompts Hwy 3A closure

BC Air Ambulance transported the male, believed to be in his 50s, to a nearby hospital

Cannabis Cottage opens its doors in Penticton

The third dispensary in the city opened on Saturday

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

Okanagan MMA fighter captures middleweight belt at home

Jordan Cabrejos scores victory at XFC Unbanned, the return of mixed martial arts to Vernon

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

Man shot near Coalmont airlifted to hospital

A man was shot near Coalmont B.C. Saturday afternoon. The victim was… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

Renter of torched Okanagan home a British Army veteran, new Canadian

Owen Wilson was just beginning to settle into life in Canada when the blaze occurred

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

Most Read