Commentary

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: On the strike, random acts of kindness and family
by Kyra Hoggan on Dec 17 2014 - 6:31pm

I’ve been in a total funk for the past few weeks – all the negativity and rage surrounding the current city strike have been so disheartening and demoralizing. I keep thinking, What about after the strike? We’re all going to have to go back to working together, shopping in each other’s stores, attending our children’s hockey games together. How to do that, when accusations are flying around, charging community members with everything from ineptitude to flat-out corruption?

Letters to the Editor

Putting the 'community' in Community Harvest Food Bank

Putting the 'community' in Community Harvest Food Bank

Dear Community Members:

It is that time of year again when the Community Harvest Food Bank makes it appeal to the greater community.

LETTER: Mule deer populations struggle outside of GF

LETTER: Mule deer populations struggle outside of GF

A recent poll in the city of Invermere overwhelmingly supported a deer cull but as expected the much larger question was ignored -- the future of the mule deer.

My Remembrance Day quandary

My Remembrance Day quandary

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Remembrance Day this year put me in a terrible, conflicted quandary. I really couldn't figure out what to do.

I think Remembrance Day is important, in its original sense of remembering the terrible sacrifices and pain of war. It came out of World War I, the war to end wars, and I think the key message was: Lest we forget! Never again!

LETTER: A nursing student's plea to allow people to die with dignity

LETTER: A nursing student's plea to allow people to die with dignity

Dear Editor,

It was a cool February day when I was forced to play the role of God and make one of the toughest decisions of my life: to end my cat’s pain and suffering through euthanasia. Having had a very special bond with animals all my life, this was not a decision I took lightly.

Participating in research studies can have long lasting benefits

Participating in research studies can have long lasting benefits

Editor, The Nelson Daily:

Have you participated in a research project or know of anyone who has?

Many of us are suspicious of research: we feel like we are being asked to be guinea pigs or to reveal private information.

We may imagine electrodes to our heads or other gruesome images, so it is no wonder that finding people willing to participate in research is difficult. I would like to see this change.

LETTER: Apology for fire chief; dressing down for editor

LETTER: Apology for fire chief; dressing down for editor

I write in response to letters penned by Mr. Malcolm, CEO City of Castlegar and Councillors McIntosh and Heaton-Sherstobitoff in regard to written comments made by me in response to what I felt was an over-reactive rebuttal penned by Kyra Hoggan to the letter from Paul Thederen published in the October 3, 2013 edition of the Castlegar News.

LETTER: Deer populations suffer despite what Ministry says

LETTER: Deer populations suffer despite what Ministry says

Updated

Last July the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources announced that the province’s wildlife populations are healthy.

The Ministry’s statement is a perfect example of what happens when governments turn their back on transparency and accountability. After all, any attempt at due diligence will quickly reveal that many wildlife populations in the province are in steep decline.

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Dear Kyra:

Thank you for writing a rebuttal with regard to the hiring of a second deputy fire chief and the Fire Chief as the airport manager. It certainly has ignited a lot of dialogue in our community – which is great. Almost a year ago, council debated the merits of hiring a second deputy fire chief during our budget meetings. There were two main reasons why we decided to add the position:

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff speaks to fire chief debate

Dear Kyra:

Thank you for writing a rebuttal with regard to the hiring of a second deputy fire chief and the Fire Chief as the airport manager. It certainly has ignited a lot of dialogue in our community – which is great. Almost a year ago, council debated the merits of hiring a second deputy fire chief during our budget meetings. There were two main reasons why we decided to add the position: