Commentary

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster
by Contributor on Aug 8 2014 - 2:12pm

Dear Editor,

I read with horror the article Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Boundary Sentinel on August 6, 2014.

I have been following the news on the Fraser River Imperial Mines tailing pond contamination. I see that the government treated this toxic tailings pond with the same the extreme carelessness I have observed for the last 30 years while protecting wild salmon from disease.

Letters to the Editor

My Views on the candidates and my choice

My Views on the candidates and my choice

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

Many of my friends and I have been discussing politics lately with the Provincial Election happening next week. I, like the others, have been uncertain where my voice will be heard.

Who will represent me, and my conservative values of fiscal responsibility and free enterprise? Generally I vote Conservative but currently there is no Conservative Party Candidate in our riding of Nelson / Creston.

I began to take a deeper look into the candidates to find similar values and
this is what I found.

Letter writer concerned about the past decade, now voting NDP

Letter writer concerned about the past decade, now voting NDP

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I have seen the damage the “Liberal“ party has done to our province since being elected in 2001.

Balance between industry and environment must be reestablished — Wildsight

Balance between industry and environment must be reestablished — Wildsight

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Neither Teck nor the BC government has denied the well documented facts reiterated by the recent selenium study quoted in Wildsight and its partners’ media release on the poisoning of the Elk River. 

B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake reacted by the afternoon of our release stating that there would be no new coalmines approved in the Elk Valley until a valley-wide plan to manage the cumulative effects of selenium concentrations in the Elk River is developed.

Operator of five coalmines in the Elk Valley committed to health of Elk River

Operator of five coalmines in the Elk Valley committed to health of Elk River

Editor, The Nelson Daily

A recent study out of the U.S. has generated much discussion about the health of the Elk River. 

As the operator of five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley, which employ over 4,000 people who live in the region, we take environmental issues very seriously.

LETTER: Help save Kootenay Lake Camp Koolaree

LETTER: Help save Kootenay Lake Camp Koolaree

Dear editor,

When Laurel and moved our family to this part of the world, we were were blessed with the option of sending our children to Camp Koolaree. On the shores of Kootenay Lake, just a bit north of Nelson, it's a rustic wilderness camp owned by the United Church that’s accessible by boat or a hike on the railway only. Home to 140 kids who canoe, swim, hike, play, sing, and run every July and August, it has existed since 1932 as a place of formation and transformation for thousands of children.

LETTER: IntegrityBC recommends platform commitments for all parties before election

LETTER: IntegrityBC recommends platform commitments for all parties before election

IntegrityBC has released a letter that it has sent all 24 registered political parties in the province detailing a series of recommendations on electoral reform and government accountability for each party to consider putting forward in their respective platforms for the May 14th general election. The letter has also been sent to each BC Liberal and NDP MLA. IntegrityBC invites independent candidates to propose similar reforms.

Greenwashers continue to waste taxpayers dollars

Greenwashers continue to waste taxpayers dollars

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

Did you know Nelson now has $50,000 dollars of grant money in solar power panels? 

This is grid tie PV solar, or in other words, it is hooked to the power grid and if there is excess power the meter spins backwards making money. 

The data for the first system on a public building has been in place for two years now shows it has made $300. 

If it were real money and not grant money, a 25 year loan would have cost  $3167 by now or $2800 more than if nothing were done. 

LETTER: You do the math

LETTER: You do the math

Pretend you are back at school and your teacher assigns you the following math problem:

School District 20 is facing another huge fiscal crisis due to government down-loading of costs and needs to cut its budget by $1,750,000 and has decided that it wants to close some schools before sharing all of the potential options it may be considering for addressing its budget crisis.

LETTER: An open letter to Rossland city councillors

LETTER: An open letter to Rossland city councillors

Dear Rossland City Councilors,

I am baffled by the Mayor calling a public meeting and then having nothing specific to say.  He acknowledges  that “mistakes were made” but can’t say what they were. He says there have been changes but can’t identify any specifically.

Most outrageously, he continues to say that there is no evidence of illegality, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

LETTER: A modest proposal for the BC Liberals, the Ministry of Education, and SD20

LETTER: A modest proposal for the BC Liberals, the Ministry of Education, and SD20

Dear madames/sirs,

Nobody can deny that our government needs to focus on the citizens that count. We cannot continue to spend money on education, health care and social services while the population using those services are barely  paying into the tax base. Less than 3% of children and teens attending school earn an income, while the injured, sick and elderly lying about in hospitals are certainly not contributing to the workforce.