The irresponsible, inconsiderate, secretive and unilateral action of the present city council is nothing short of a deliberately sanctioned chainsaw destruction.
This refers not only to the trees, but to the spirit and vision of those pioneers and others who have created a beautiful oasis of parkland for the benefit of Penticton residents and tourists.
The chainsaw destruction continues by ignoring the petition of well-informed citizens and former mayors who do not wish to see waterslides as part of the development at Skaha Lake. Their concern is the infringement on the present oasis situation where the white elephant slides are proposed.
As an alternative I suggest that all nay petitioners (over 4,000 and growing) not frequent nor support Trio facilities or boycott them until city hall enters into proper dialogue with the community.
Another alternative would be to remove the contentious waterslides from the Trio submission, and continue with the upgrade plan for the marina, restaurant, etc. This would show showmanship on the part of Trio and allow council to remove themselves from the hole they are in. City council — it is time to listen to the people that put you in office.
Major Claude Filiatrault (RCAF ret.)