Commentary

Nation-state independence and the state of happiness
by Charles Jeanes on Sep 24 2014 - 2:31pm

Scotland's Referendum

Readers will be aware of the story last week of Scotland's independence referendum. The “yes” side lost its bid for an independent Scotland, as Quebec’s yes side has lost in two recent referendums, whereas Ireland succeeded -- for 26 of its 32 counties – in seceding from the United Kingdom.

I feel Scotland’s story calls for historical context, with parallels to Ireland and Quebec. How does history shape how we feel about the kind of state we want to live in?

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Plea for help at local rescue society

LETTER: Plea for help at local rescue society

To the editor:

I arrived home from work this evening to find a tiny sparrow sitting in my driveway...he fell out of his nest (which we couldn't find).

We quickly picked him up and called "BEAKS" (Carol Pettigrew) in Blueberry, who agreed to care for the tiny bird. When we arrived at Carol's, we were shocked to see how many birds she was caring for. Just today, she was given four birds to nurse back to health and she had many others, including a baby osprey and a baby hummingbird.

SD20 boss issues letter regarding year-end report cards

SD20 boss issues letter regarding year-end report cards

Dear parents and guardians:

Unfortunately we have reached the end of the 2013/2014 school year and the full scale withdrawal of teaching services by members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) continues.  I am writing you to give you an update regarding year-end report cards. 

For K-7 students (K-9 at Rossland Summit School)

Kootenay Lake School Board addresses labour dispute

Kootenay Lake School Board addresses labour dispute

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Dear Minister Fassbender and Government Bargaining Team:

RE: CURRENT STRIKE/LOCKOUT

We would like to express our extreme disappointment in the current strike/lockout situation in our school district. We believe this is an unacceptable position for our students and our employees and it needs to end immediately. To facilitate this, we request that a mutually agreed upon mediator be appointed as soon as possible.

MP Atamanenko responds to Osoyoos Times letter writer

MP Atamanenko responds to Osoyoos Times letter writer

Editor, The Nelson Daily
 
I would be remiss if I did not respond to Mr. Tony Brummet’s letter which appeared in (the media).
 

LETTER: In response to rainbow crosswalk controversy

LETTER: In response to rainbow crosswalk controversy

Open message to our LGBT community - I feel compelled to speak on behalf of what I believe is a substantial segment of our community. We just don't know what to say so mostly we stay silent; so shame on us. We are 'straight' (whatever that means) and we just don't get it. We are biased by negative experience with LGBTs who have represented you poorly and we are ashamed of those who have represented us poorly. We cannot imagine being attracted to someone of the same gender as I am sure that you don't really understand all of our position either.

Kootenay Lake Superintendent briefs students/parents on BCTF walkout

Kootenay Lake Superintendent briefs students/parents on BCTF walkout

Editor, The Nelson Daily

To Our SD8 (Kootenay Lake) Community

BCTF Strike Action

Further to the letter I sent you yesterday, I regret to inform you that the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has served notice of their intent to move to a full strike and withdrawal of services.

LETTER: Teachers 'show resolution', set to strike Monday!

LETTER: Teachers 'show resolution', set to strike Monday!

Dear editor,

Letter: Baby Stella and family thankful for dedication of local healthcare professionals

Letter: Baby Stella and family thankful for dedication of local healthcare professionals

Editor, The Nelson Daily

LETTER: 300 scholars to Harper: Enbridge recommendation based on junk science

LETTER: 300 scholars to Harper: Enbridge recommendation based on junk science

Dear Prime Minister Harper:

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

Dear parents and guardians:

In schools across British Columbia, a student walkout is being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4.

While I respect the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour dispute, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

I am writing to inform you that School District No. 20 (Kootenay‐Columbia) does not sanction the proposed walkout. As a result, parents should be aware that: