LETTERS: Yea and nay sayers

I say “Yea” to the waterslides, but “Nay” for the location anywhere in the Park.

Regarding Skaha Lake Park, dear editor, it seems to me that the “Yea” sayers do not understand why the “Nay” sayers say nay.

Allow me to illustrate, with some humour perhaps, but to the point of the central issue.

Suppose a blind prelate in the Vatican would propose to repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo finished painting it in 1512. “That’s 503 years ago,” the prelate argues. “Isn’t it time to renovate and get on with the times?” Would you say, “Yea, get on with it?”

Suppose an enthusiastic sanitary engineer would get a group of realtors and developers to propose a perfect solution to North America’s garbage problems. Fill in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Solve the refuse problem of cities for hundred’s of years. Would you say “Yea, get on with it?”

Suppose a manufacturer of high-tech machinery and modern heavy duty excavators and bulldozers wanted to show that if we want to we can do anything these days and propose we level Mt. Revelstoke. Would you say, “Yea, get on with it?”

Suppose an enthusiastic and loyal Pentictonite wanting to revitalize downtown and bring in more young people got a group of racing enthusiasts together and proposed that we turn Main Street into drag strip starting at Jermyn Avenue with a finish line at Westminster Avenue West (Front Street) It’s one way already. This would allow the racing cars to come to a screeching stop somewhere between City Hall and the court house. “Would you say, “Yea, get on with it?”

That’s why I say “Nay” to the destruction, devastation, commercialization, and  change, permanently, from a quiet, family oriented, therapeutic, naturally beautiful park to a private (for profit) carnival or amusement park and with increased vendor activity to become known, very likely, as Skaha Lake Fair Grounds. I say “Yea” to the waterslides, but “Nay” for the location anywhere in the Park.

Harry G. Kapeikis

Penticton