LETTERS: Dear under 40s and those over 40:

Penticton Western News letters to the editor for the Aug. 22 issue.

Dear under 40s and those over 40:

So the younger (40 and under) generation are upset and gathering? Good!

A representative was quoted saying “we want a bright economic future for us to stay, to raise families, buy homes, furnish homes, grocery shop, etc.” Those are good goals.  We older ones want that too.  Not just for ourselves, but also for the younger generation.

But the questions are, how do you, the under 40s generation, see yourselves as making this that kind of a place to live in? Where do you would want to raise your families? And, where are you helping the economic situation?

Speaking for my 40 plus age group, I have to ask myself if I have done enough to make this a better place to live?

My husband thinks I have helped the local economy quite a lot by shopping in our stores, eating in restaurants here. Paying taxes. He is still working for a company which has employed people here for many years.

I have to admit and apologize to the chamber of commerce for not contributing yet with suggestions or an entrepreneurial venture.  I would like to help the economy of our town by coming up with one that could employ several people. I try to make my neighborhood and community a better place to live in.

I like children, young people and older people. I do volunteer work, mainly with seniors, perhaps taking some load off the younger people who are employed there?

I think I help tourism as I greet out-of-town visitors and talk up our wonderful area. Have even invited some into our home for a meal. Hope they return!

I like native people, am friends with some  and would like to know more of them better.

I support our elected officers and our police system. I do appreciate and pray for these, and often pity them, because it seems impossible to please all the people most of the time. Or some people all the time.

I appreciate and respect laws which make our community a safe place. I am still old-fashioned enough to believe in our schools and teachers and would gladly volunteer if they would like my help teaching reading, or whatever.

Perhaps if we young and older ones could respectfully hear each other, and work together, we could make this a better place to live in?

Hannah Hyland


Food for Thought

To be clear, I am not writing this letter as a friend because Katie Robinson is simply a name on a piece of paper or, in this case, newspaper.

What is wrong with our society? Are we just a bunch of hypocrites believing ourselves to be perfect and everyone else less so in order to justify our attack on them for their principles and belief systems?

We hear so much about taking responsibility and being accountable yet as soon as Robinson does, even explaining why she said, “because I’m not a head-banging druggie,” (she did not say that everyone attending Boonstock was), our society of perfect, holier-than-thou, judgmental people want to assassinate her for having a less-than-popular opinion.

Why have so many people taken her comment personally? It seems to me that it wasn’t so much what she said but what she left unsaid that has created such an uproar. Isn’t this a matter of interpretation?

Wow! Thank you Ms. Robinson for having the guts to admit to being human with the same failings and short-comings as the rest of us. Wearing T-shirts and making negative comments on Facebook for the sole purpose of embarrassing another, to me, is the worst form of adult bullying.

Does anyone feel better doing it?

I wonder how many people would be left in Penticton if we were all tarred, feathered and kicked out of town for having an unpopular opinion  on any topic.

What a dull world it would be if we all thought alike, but what a wonderful world it could be if we showed tolerance, understanding, empathy and compassion towards our fellow man/woman and accepted one another in all our imperfect splendor.

Yvonne Preusche