Letters of the week – March 24

Traffic control, refugees and railroads spurred on letters to the editor this week.

Round and round we go

To the Editor,

Re: Traffic control on Beaver Creek and River Road (Highway 4), and Clutesi Haven Marina.

To my thinking, we don’t need a light; it takes maintenance and stops traffic. A roundabout is a better answer.

Traffic in a roundabout moves with a short stop or no stop, and goes on. You can also include Clutesi Haven Marina entrance in and out of traffic. Then there would be no crossover of traffic.

Another corner to consider for a roundabout would be Maebelle Road and Highway 4, at the north end of town.

It’s something to think about.

Jan Jansma,

Port Alberni

An opinion doesn’t show ignorance

To the Editor,

It seems as though some people in the Alberni Valley that have their own opinion on the refugee situation and bringing refugees to Port Alberni, who think their opinion has some merit, have been called ignorant to the fact. I find it unreasonable to some of the people, including myself, of Port Alberni for not being apologized to, for giving their opinion in restaurants, coffee shops and across the fence to each other, on their opinions on the matter of refugees coming to Port Alberni.

The support group spokesman had no problem categorizing some of the people for being ignorant and unaware of the situation at hand. The latest news is that the original refugee family that was supposed to come here was not even allowed into Canada. Why not?

I believe this situation to be relevant to the fact that people are not always right, and have no right to criticize others for their opinion.

If groups want supporters for the refugees coming to the Valley, they are going about it in the wrong way; in my opinion, they should not be calling anyone down in the Valley, regardless of their opinion.

Dave Noble,

Port Alberni

ICF picture doesn’t match rail outlook

To the Editor,

For more than 10 years the Island Corridor Foundation has been in charge of the redevelopment of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway here on Vancouver Island. During their tenure the railroad has gone from a fully functioning entity to one devoid of train movement.

The ICF routinely disregards any attempts at communication and has to my way of thinking done absolutely nothing to attempt to gain support from either level of government to reestablish both passenger and freight operations on the Island.

I know the CEO has requested $21 million ($7 million from each level of government) to complete the rebuilding of the railroad and thereby convince VIA to return to the island and fund the tourist train. I am in no way an expert on railroad mainline track repair but this flies in the face of convention to believe that the rebuild of track and bridges can be done for this amount when two previous studies have claimed that between $110 and $130 million was the sum required.

I would urge the ministries to create a committee with full powers to oversee what the ICF and their SVI operators plan to achieve with the monies requested.

I am a huge fan of railroads and railroading but cannot fathom how the E & N will be brought back to prosperity by a group which has only let it steadily decline over the last 10 years.

Dennis Dalla-Vicenza

Port Alberni

Campers’ happy their concerns met

To the Editor,

Re: Campers clash with PAPA over change, March 17.

Your article on March 17th on PAPA clashing with seasonal campers was resolved as of March 8. The word “clashing” may have been a little over the top.

Seasonals had some concerns on changes being made and some assumptions on PAPA changes could have been misread on our part.

Manager Cecilia Addy and PAPA president Zoran Knezevic worked hard on getting April moorage back into our lease and that was more than we expected, especially for this season.

We are very happy to continue being a seasonal at China Creek Marina and Campground.

China Creek is the most beautiful place to spend weekends or your summers, if that six kilometres of gravel gets paved, it not only benefits China Creek it benefits all of Port Alberni tourism as well.

Ron Lafreniere,

Alberta

A precious resource

To the Editor,

March 22 was World Water Day. A day when we consider this precious life-giving resource.

In Oceanside perhaps we can set an example for other communities by requiring all new structures are plumbed for rain harvesting and drip water systems.

Lois Eaton,

Qualicum Beach

 

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