Letters of the week – July 7

Bad driving, parks and parades spurred on letters to the editor this week.

Regarding bad driving

To the Editor,

Motorcycles and cars with loud mufflers are going up and down Burde Street very fast up to 60 to 80 kilometres per hour, and making a noisy racket. One cannot hear anything. Nothing gets done by the city, they say it is up to the RCMP but the RCMP do nothing either. We should ban the loud muffler systems on motorbikes and cars, period. We do not need this noise. Also, fine the people who drive that fast: a $300 fine plus three points would work. After  nine points, your licence is gone for one year. We need to upgrade and not be behind the moon.

Pete Rueschmann,

Port Alberni

Public parks, not private

To the Editor,

“Commercial operators add to the economy” is the excuse Premier Christie Clark’s government gives for not honoring B.C citizens’ complaints about campground operators profiting from using public parks in charging ridiculous fees and booking tourists over local folk.

In the words of one operator, trying to justify it: “just like any private hotel-owner”.

Problem is, unless government is planning to privatize them, campgrounds in publicly owned parks are not a private profit-making  resource but belong to the citizens of British Columbia who already pay for them.

Local citizens, many of whom go camping because they cannot afford hotels, restaurants, and tours more frequented by tourists, can just afford the extra gas and provisions to camping and expect to pay a nominal fee for the public park they’re already paying taxes for anyway.

Instead, they’re being treated like second-class citizens.

But, of course, why would government listen to relatively poor B.C citizens compared to wealthy tourists (having been lured by the tourism industry to have that “camping experience”) who can afford to rent equipment (including RVs etc.), and spend a lot more money than locals.

The provincial government rakes in much more money from tourists, plus there’s the added incentive of possibly schmoozing them to relocate and settle in B.C.  All the more political support along with that from profiteering campground operators.

Sort of reminiscent of favoring real-estate investors and land-speculators over citizens seeking affordable rentals as yet another political “you-grease-my-palm-and-I’ll-grease-yours” story.

Meanwhile, as for the citizens of B.C, the governments overall attitude seems to be: “let ‘em eat Schmores!”

But be prepared to enjoy them tenting out in your own backyards.

Liz Stonard,

Port Alberni

 

Parade not up to standards

To the Editor,

Correction: The letter writer wishes to apologize to Mayor Mike Ruttan for mistakenly noting in his original letter that he had not seen the mayor participate in the Canada Day parade, when in fact the mayor was included in the parade. That part has been edited from this electronic version. ~ editor Susan Quinn.

I realize I have moved to a small community, and I realize I should not except the elegance of a larger community parade, but I watched the 149th Canada Day parade in Port Alberni this weekend and it was not a parade that showed very much initiative as per performance or any ability to show creative input.

I was so disappointed. Even the announcer’s booth was situated about three blocks into the parade. I was so disappointed as to the children that watched the parade and showed very little interest. I think I seen one clown, good for you. There was a couple of people handing out candies to the children, but only a couple.

It was a very blah parade, Port Alberni you have to give it more thought than you did.

Perhaps a little funding from the city would help.

Loggers out of work, property taxes, income taxes, all at once probably play a role in this,  It was a parade that I personally will not attend next year, even though that will be Canada’s 150th one.

I think I saw one MLA in the parade. I videoed it from start to finish, waste of time, but a lesson well learned, my dad always said, you will learn some thing new every day, and so far he was  right and I am 77-years-old. This was one of the lessons well learned.

Dave Noble,

Port Alberni

 

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