Commentary

COMMENT: 9 reasons not to vote for Greg Granstrom this fall
by Andrew Bennett on Oct 17 2014 - 2:58pm

Greg Granstrom astonished me on Facebook last week, a real shocker that had nothing to do with either his decision to run for councillor instead of mayor, nor the "friend request" I received from him the next day.

(Which I accepted.)

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Trail pedestrian bridge has million dollar implications for Rossland

LETTER: Trail pedestrian bridge has million dollar implications for Rossland

It appears that in the recent referendum about 27% of Trail’s eligible voters voted in favour of a combined pedestrian / pipe-bridge. It also appears that 64% didn’t bother to vote at all, maybe because they had been told by their Council that it would not cost them anything in additional taxes… so why bother.

COMMENT: Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers

COMMENT: Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers

The buzz in the media is that because of a rapidly increasing cougar population 117 cougar were killed by the conservation service last year.

The reality is that the cougar population is not increasing, a fact every veteran cougar hunter will quickly validate. Cougar sightings and complaints have increased dramatically because the population of their primary prey species, the deer have declined significantly and what few deer are alive are close to human habitation.

The problem is not just homelessness

The problem is not just homelessness

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Every week we see a news item about the homeless — here in our own town, in Vancouver and, well, just about everywhere.

A couple of weeks ago the Vancouver Sun ran a letter to their editors from a distinguished doctor, researcher and former cabinet minister, Dr. Pat McGeer and his wife. 

LETTER: Break the Silence

LETTER: Break the Silence

If someone is being bullied, the last thing you want to do is walk away from them. They need support, and lots of it. I do not know of anyone that would walk away, or stop being friends with someone who is being bullied. That would be shameful.

We need to start treating mental illness and depression as we do with bullying. Do not walk away from those who need your help.

How can we support people successfully in a society that has mental illness and depression as taboo subjects? We need to break the silence.

New Fire Rating Sign still doesn't do its job says letter writer

New Fire Rating Sign still doesn't do its job says letter writer

Editor, The Nelson Daily

On July 31, The Nelson Daily published a letter from Maurice A. Rhodes who raised concerns about a new fire rating sign at the Kootenay Lake Zone office north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Kootenay Lake Zone office responds to letter writer regarding new fire rating sign

The new fire rating sign at the Kootenay Lake office was built at little cost to taxpayers. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Lake Zone office

Editor, The Nelson Daily

We're writing to set the record straight in response to concerns raised by Maurice A. Rhodes in his July 31st letter published in The Nelson Daily about the new sign at our Kootenay Lake Zone office.

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

Dear Editor,

I read with horror the article Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Boundary Sentinel on August 6, 2014.

I have been following the news on the Fraser River Imperial Mines tailing pond contamination. I see that the government treated this toxic tailings pond with the same the extreme carelessness I have observed for the last 30 years while protecting wild salmon from disease.

Sometimes new isn't always better — as in the case of the new Forestry fire danger warning sign

Sometimes new isn't always better — as in the case of the new Forestry fire danger warning sign

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Has the Forest Ministry fallen to the current bureaucratic craze? 

I point to the one evident in the City of Nelson and the Regional District which  to use consultants when the solution to a simple problem should be within the grasp of  any manager worth his salt - witness the recent kafuffel over space in the RDCK and the question of Christmas lighting in the City?

Of course, none of these efforts are at a cost to the bureaucrats but to the taxpayer. 

LETTER: 'Are teachers obviously wrong?'

LETTER: 'Are teachers obviously wrong?'

To The Editor:

Here are some "Top Ten" facts (in no particular order of priority) that have been communicated to us by parents, grand-parents, teachers and other concerned citizens about Premier Clark and her government's stand against teachers and public education in this province:

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

(Ed. Note: This is in response to an earlier letter you can read by clicking here).

Dear Editor,

It is with much regret I feel compelled to respond to the letter from potential Liberal Party of Canada candidate Connie Denesiuk to your publication. Why reluctantly? From my experience citizens are tired of public office holders and those aspiring to be public office holders engaging in negative personal attacks and public spats. Such actions are indicative of old school partisan politics of the worst kind and it saddens me to respond to them.

Why respond at all? Unfortunately many of the claims stated by Connie Denesiuk are false and patently untrue and as such, are deserving of response.