Commentary

The Year-End Blues
by Charles Jeanes on Dec 16 2014 - 7:44am

“What rough beast … slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?” -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

“Americans still heralded the Enlightenment’s entry into history precisely because they’d all been uprooted from their several soils and ancestries and plunged together into one vortex, whirling irresistible in a space otherwise quite empty. To be an American is of itself almost a moral condition, an education and a career….” G. Santayana

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Water Meters – What The City Is Not Telling You

LETTER: Water Meters – What The City Is Not Telling You

Dear Editor,

Why is information on water meter installations so hard to get? We contacted Doug Allin at City Hall to get more info on one of the available options - the manually-read, human-friendly, non-RF, non-radiating meter (the “ProRead”), and we were just pointed in various directions and given no hard data. There seems to be nobody available with definitive answers to this question. If you are a homeowner and concerned about RF radiation, are you even aware this is an option?

Why isn’t the city being open about this point?

Letter from former Robson Community School Coordinator

Letter from former Robson Community School Coordinator

For the past 18 years, I have had the pleasure of being the coordinator at Robson Community School. Twenty years ago, the school principal at Robson applied for Community School Status and as a result, $75,000 was brought into this district to set up a community school. A year or two later, Blueberry Creek also received these funds to offer programs for families and the community.

MLA shares opportunities for residents to engage

MLA shares opportunities for residents to engage

Dear Constituents,

This fall the citizens of Kootenay West have the ability to participate in a number of public consultations and services. I wanted to make sure that all of these opportunities were highlighted to have as much participation as possible from our region.

Superintendent of Schools Jeff Jones explains the start of the 2014-15 year

Superintendent of Schools Jeff Jones explains the start of the 2014-15 year

A letter from Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Jeff Jones on the return to school guidelines after the BC Teachers Federation and BC Public School Employers’ Association finalized a new contract earlier this week.

September 19, 2014

To Our SD8 Community:

LETTER: MLA should remember she represents constituency not Liberal party in Victoria

LETTER: MLA should remember she represents constituency not Liberal party in Victoria

An open letter to Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larsen

Ms. Larson,

I am disappointed that I have not received any reply from you to the email I sent last week regarding the dispute between the BC Government and the BCTF. While it is true that I expressed a viewpoint which conflicts with that of the BC Liberal Party, I had assumed that as one of your constituents I would have expected at least some acknowledgement of my concerns.

LETTER: Strike is 'nefarious' and 'manufactured' and should frighten parents

LETTER: Strike is 'nefarious' and 'manufactured' and should frighten parents

Letter to the Editor:

The continuing battle between the BCTF and the Provincial Ministry of Education should be of grave concern to families across B.C., and should be incredibly frightening to parents and caregivers in the Boundary and West Kootenay Region.

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.