Letters of the week – Oct. 13

Cantimber, air quality and the United States' election spurred on letters to the editor this week.

Cantimber doing its best, says worker

To the Editor,

Here we go again, certain “NIMBY” people who live on a hill that have their view of the harbour impeded by a chimney stack emitting steam.

God forbid these people never have a campfire using wood chips, or even boil water for cooking.

Seems like a sad and explicitly biased conclusion to bring out the medical card of “unexplainable respiratory illness” by these so-called NIMBY citizens who live in a certain zone of life, and tell us their world is falling apart. I often wonder if these people have ever walked or driven down Stamp Avenue and by chance had to breathe the “noxious fumes and chemicals” emitted from the stacks of the local paper mill in this town. Maybe then these NIMBYs can have a legitimate concern about “medically unexplainable respiratory” health issues, or does the mayor and city council turn a blind eye to this industry?

I personally work for this company as a power engineer and pay taxes in this town. The product we use is a recycled product (wood chips) from logs that have been cut here and then shipped to foreign countries, putting local citizens and taxpayers out of work.

Maybe our mayor and city council can address this issue first as opposed to shutting down a company that is doing its best to create badly needed employment and tax base in this community.

There will always be certain people in Port Alberni who carry prejudice and discriminatory sentiments to a new level no matter what the impact or consequences.

At the end of the day these NIMBY people need to get a life and put a Band-Aid on their prejudicial alter egos and become better citizens.

Terry Moore,

Port Aberni

Resident looks for relief

To the Editor,

I’m so happy to see the paid advertisement on the four pages wrapped around our paper this week about the air pollution by Cantimber. What a relief to see this.

I have had endless bouts of explosive sneezing, dry coughing spells, choking, sometimes feeling as though I would suffocate before it settled down, for over a year now here in Alberni.

I have realized that I might have to move out of the Valley to get relief. For a long time I didn’t know what was causing it, or if it was me and a case of aging hormones no longer protecting me from ordinary environmental “stuff”.

But then I heard others complaining so I knew it was something different.

Now we know. For any sake, will our local government do something about this outrageous conduct on the part of this company? How much longer?

Vanayssa Love,

Port Alberni

Brouhaha purely Bush league

To the Editor,

I have never trained as a psychoanalyst, and fully realize how values have changed in the last half-century, but when the audio tape from a bus carrying Donald Trump was released last week I immediately remembered a shipmate from the 1960s.

I was a young Merchant Navy Navigating Officer back then, and there were many soft-porn paperback novelettes floating around every ship I sailed on. They were published in US under sleazy titles and became required reading for many sailormen of that era.

Hearing The Donald’s braggadocious and boastful brouhaha with television host Billy Bush, I recalled a short, balding, bespectacled and nondescript chief engineer, known throughout the fleet as “Sexy” Brown.  When you signed on a ship with Sexy Brown, you knew you were in for some great mealtime entertainment, as he often took over the conversation in the dining saloon regaling others of his sexual exploits. These exploits were ripped directly from the well-worn pages of the aforementioned novelettes.

Whatever the reason in these politically-correct times,  the worldwide media, and even political pundits from his own Republican Party, have come crashing down on him. Just when we all thought the US Presidential Election campaign couldn’t get any more weird, it has.

Bernie Smith,

Parksville

 

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