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

Just Posted

Hay bales and high fives for Port Alberni soapbox derby

New track on Lower Argyle Street gets a thumbs up

Brush fire breaks out near Taylor Arm Park

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Most Read