Alberni the worst place to live? Nonsense

That magazine’s editor inconceivably ranked Port Alberni as 201st in a list of the 201 most liveable municipalities in Canada.

To the Editor,

In radio’s Golden Age, Art Linkletter’s show : “Kids Say The Darndest Things” was a favourite world-wide; apparently some of those cute motor-mouthed kids grew up to be editors.

Imagine, I scribbled a humorous parody lampooning our prime minister’s attempts to play Beatles songs, only for an editor to reject it for having “too many references to hate”. If that was not the darndest and most incredulous thing heard in a long time, then it would be bettered by “MoneySense”.

That magazine’s editor inconceivably ranked Port Alberni as 201st in a list of the 201 most liveable municipalities  in Canada. Obviously he/she had never had the pleasure of a visit to West Coast General Hospital, as I did recently.

I was concerned about having a delicate procedure in an unmentionable cavity in my nether region. However, several marvellous people took care of me at the ultra-modern full-service facility.

I’m so grateful for the expertise of surgeon Dr. Vijayanayagam coupled with the kindness of operating room nurse Rita, all under the friendly and watchful eye of anesthesiologist Dr. Rozwadowski; then into the recovery room for constant care from nurses Sue, Cindy, and the Jolly Welsh Giant Daniel.

Residents of Port Alberni must lift their heads high to have such a wonderful hospital with such magnificent people in their community, and Parksvillians must be very grateful it is only a short drive away.

The errant editor who oversaw that darndest and most incredulous survey should rename the magazine “NonSense”.

Bernie Smith,


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