Commentary

OP/ED: A first and last comment on 9-11.
by Kyra Hoggan on Sep 11 2014 - 11:19am

It’s now been 13 years since 9-11, and I’ve never once written a single word about it. I’ve been asked many times, why not? I always said it was because I only cover local news – which was sort of true – but what a cop out.

The real reason I never wrote about it was because I felt guilty. Like most people I know, I remember sitting in front of the TV, watching the second plane hit and people jumping out of windows, and the horror of it all … but I felt, at the time, almost nothing.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Gilpin grasslands need protection not for quad use

LETTER: Gilpin grasslands need protection not for quad use

It was upsetting to read the current description of the Gilpin Grasslands as a recreation area by the Grand Forks Quad Bike Club.

Gilpin is an extremely important wildlife ecosystem, a point validated by three provincial governments and two land conservancies, all who have left an important footprint on Gilpin.

The grassland ecosystem in our province is advertised as the most threatened and less than one per cent of our land base and home to most of our threatened and endangered species.

LETTER: Why Teachers May Be Forced Into Job Action

LETTER: Why Teachers May Be Forced Into Job Action

Like all of you, teachers only want the best for their students.

Despite bargaining for more than a year with the government there has been little progress made at the negotiating table.

We have been waiting, very patiently, for the government to provide the necessary funding required for us to move forward in achieving a negotiated collective agreement.

You rock, Steve! Just don't take us into battle

You rock, Steve! Just don't take us into battle

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I just watched P. M. Harper do his cold warrior toughest-man-on-the-block pose for the world's media. Here is a quote, more or less:

"We know from History, that those who make it their historical mission to turn back the clock, as Mr. Putin has done, will ultimately fail."

He added three fine adjectives to describe Putin:" aggressive, militaristic, imperialistic." He mentioned "our NATO allies" and the need to uphold them in Europe.

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

"If you don't let me put a water meter in your home, then I'm going to put one outside your home - and I'm going to charge you for it."

Does a city have the authority to add additional water infrastructure like this and then charge individual residents for it?

On Monday, April 8th, Grand Forks, BC residents learned a few things...

Area taxpayer takes offence to RDCK accounting practices

Area taxpayer takes offence to RDCK accounting practices

Editor, The Nelson Daily

The headline in a March 23, 2014 article appearing in The Nelson Daily is misleading (at best) and there is some seriously self-serving spin in the content and quotes attributed to Mr. (John) Kettle, Chair of the directors of the RDCK.

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

This open letter to Mayor Brian Taylor was submitted by Grand Forks resident Julia Butler. 

Dear Mayor Taylor

At the council meeting on March 10, I presented council with a letter from Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development stating, “I assure you that the Province of British Columbia does not require local governments to build new assets before applying for funding. You commented on the installation of water meters,...”  

LETTER: Local MP decries expiration of Canada Health Accord

LETTER: Local MP decries expiration of Canada Health Accord

Dear Minister,

My constituents are very concerned about the future of health care in our country.  They are asking the federal government to commit to a renewed Health Accord in 2014 and to work with the provinces and territories on health care innovation so Canadians can continue to receive the care they need.

LETTER: Our Canada Post matters to everyone!

LETTER: Our Canada Post matters to everyone!

Dear Editor:

LETTER: Reconsider leasing land agreements

Credit: Nature's Trust of BC

Recently three prominent conservation organizations: Ducks Unlimited, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Nature Trust of B.C. were highly critical of the B.C. Liberal Government’s agenda of increasing grazing leases from 10 years to 20-25 years.

'We can't eat oil'

'We can't eat oil'

Editor, The Nelson Daily

ALR- Agricultural Land Reserve.

I had never given much thought to the ALR. Honestly, I took it for granted because it's just common sense to protect the farmland which feeds us, period.

The ALR town hall meeting in Nelson saw a room packed with people who care about food.

Why?