Commentary

LETTER: Scrap ALR proposal and save small farmers--A Rossland perspective
by Andrew Bennett on Apr 8 2014 - 8:28am

To the leaders of my province,

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Colonial-style governments to blame for government failure

LETTER: Colonial-style governments to blame for government failure

Colonial rule raises its ugly head again.

The failure of the US government to continue to operate is yet another example of how screwed up our colonial style governments really are:

While we have democratic elections, we do not have democratic governments.

Our politicians do not want democracy and arrogantly insist on forming one dysfunctional minority government after another.

DWA calls for negotiations for longterm logging plan

DWA calls for negotiations for longterm logging plan

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Logging activities concern all who live in the Six Mile North Shore area
for potentially many years to come. 

BC Nurses Union urges IH to look at alternative solutions to Kaslo Hospital

BC Nurses Union urges IH to look at alternative solutions to Kaslo Hospital

Editor, The Nelson Daily

The Interior Health Authority’s decision to reduce Emergency services to Kalso will only result in hardship to the members of that community, and those members who live in outlying communities which are serviced by Kaslo. 

LETTER: Councillor defends Pride attendance

LETTER: Councillor defends Pride attendance

Editor's Note: This letter is in response to a missive sent to the Castlegar News by a local resident, in which the resident condemns three city councillors for their attendance representing Castlegar at Nelson's Gay Pride event last summer:

Dear Mr. Kemperman,

Consulting Foresters of BC encourage the Duhamel Watershed Alliance to continue public review process

Consulting Foresters of BC encourage the Duhamel Watershed Alliance to continue public review process

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I am writing on behalf of the Consulting Foresters of BC, who have members who live and work in the Kootenay Region, to express unease that the Duhamel Watershed Alliance are learning how to take nonviolent
action as a means of halting Kalesnikoff Lumber’s logging plans (Nelson Star - September 5).

Worried for the wrong reasons

Worried for the wrong reasons

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

Last Friday’s Nelson Star carried an article featuring Area F director Ron Mickel expressing his concern regarding the risks to residents (homeowners, businesses, and schools) on the fan of Duhamel Creek associated with logging activities currently underway in the watershed.

Mr. Mickel cites the recent occurrence of damaging floods and landslides in the region this spring as the justification for residents to be worried about the impact of slides in their watershed.

Canada not third world country, but our health care may be

Canada not third world country, but our health care may be

Editor, The Nelson Daily

LETTER: Trail city councillor speaks to lack of Gay Pride events in city

LETTER: Trail city councillor speaks to lack of Gay Pride events in city

Letter to the Editor:

This week is Gay Pride Week in the Kootenays. This is a celebration of love and understanding to millions of people worldwide and, in many cases, the acknowledgment of equal rights for LGBT couples. I am afraid to say that I
have been remiss in my duties as a councillor as I did not bring up the topic
at the last City Council meeting. As such the city of Trail has no proclamation going into this week recognizing this event, an issue I hope to correct in our first meeting in September, even if it is retroactive.

LETTER: Casual Facebook joke not so funny after all

LETTER: Casual Facebook joke not so funny after all

This is for everyone who feels a need to share this photo (the one attached to this story). As someone on assistance, this is very hurtful.

LETTER: Winlaw fire chief speaks to disciplinary action; mass resignation

LETTER: Winlaw fire chief speaks to disciplinary action; mass resignation

To Whom it may concern.

The Winlaw Fire Department is a volunteer group that has come together to help their community in the event of an emergency. We were recently asked by the Regional Fire Chief to provide traffic control for a nonemergency community event, I refused. Disciplinary action has now being taken against me for failing to take a command from a superior officer. I do not believe this is warranted given the lack of an emergency, I believe that demanding a volunteer fire department respond to a nonemergency goes against the principals of what this group has volunteered to accomplish. I recognize that due to the seriousness and risk of what a fire department encounters it is critical that we have a chain of command and any objections to an operation be voiced in an incident debriefing and not at the scene of an incident. However if no emergency exist I do not believe the Regional Fire Chief should demand actions from volunteer firefighters.

The members of the Winlaw Fire Department support this opinion and believe I have done nothing wrong in refusing to respond to a nonemergency event. The members have agreed that any disciplinary action taken against me will be served by the entire department resulting in the Winlaw Fire Department being out of service.

Jon Wollenberg

Winlaw Fire Chief