Appreciate what we have

If we really want to improve our tourism potential, and give the valley a break from exploitation, we need to guard our natural assets

To the Editor,

In a small community, polarization of opinion is evident and overt, more so than in a large city. For me, it has never been clearer and scarier than now, going into the provincial election in May.

On the one hand, there is our incumbent NDP Scott Fraser, who has worked tirelessly for causes aiming to preserve our natural environment. On the other, the newly nominated Liberal candidate, Darren DeLuca, who advocates old forest logging and coal mining. Apparently, his tourism business consists of big-game hunting.

If we really want to improve our tourism potential, and give the valley a break from exploitation, we need to guard the existing natural assets like never before.

With the present status quo here, it feels like only miners, loggers and hunters are welcome, and the rest of us should just quietly pack up and move away.

Rayana Erland,

Port Alberni