Alberni election candidates aren’t bumpkins

An Alberni reader takes an Alberni Valley News letter writer to task over questioning the quality of candidates in this year's election.

To the Editor,

Re: Council needs get-tough ‘tude, Letters, Oct. 28.

A letter to the editor in last week’s paper questioned the quality of city council candidates. Curious, since the writer confesses to be a newcomer, and no all candidates meetings have been held as of yet.

There are 19 candidates, and they are hardly a “homogenous lot.”

He also questions if anyone out here has a world view. Well, Myron Jespersen comes to mind—he settled here after years of working in Africa.

As for the rest of us, streets full of “impoverished and on government assistance”, perhaps we see something here that the writer does not. Economy is not the only criteria for quality of life. For me, the wilderness trails, rivers, lakes and mountains far surpass the somewhat subdued cityscape.

Which, by the way, every candidate I have heard speak, is promising to improve.

I’m a relative newcomer here, too. Having lived in many parts of the world, I’m happy to call this home. And so are many people I have met, who were also born abroad.

There just may be a bit more global vision than we are given credit for. The best thing would be to go to the all candidates meetings, and definitely, go and vote.

Rayana Erland,

Port Alberni