Letters: Fletcher's finger pointing misses the mark

Fletcher’s finger pointing misses the mark

(re: Fletcher entitled to opinion, Letters, Western News, Feb. 19)

Mr. Crossley, please turn the page.  Tom Fletcher’s headline, “Who Provoked a School Strike?” requires a simple answer.  Christy Clark and her government did.  Fletcher writes inflammatory commentary to attempt to increase his readership.

Caring little if readers agree with him or simply have their blood pressure increase from exposure to his public relations work for the Liberals, Fletcher writes propaganda veiled thinly as journalism.

It could not be clearer that his opinion is scripted by his political masters, otherwise, phrases like, “this notion,” in reference to the Liberal provocation of BCTF members, would be written as, “this was stated in open court, in sworn testimony, by the Liberal’s lead negotiator.”

How could a statement of fact become a notion.  Surely a professional journalist would not write a bias or slanted piece.  I am not stating that Fletcher cannot spout his ridiculous opinions. I am of the belief that opinions that deny fact are either an attempt at fraud or reason for concern.  I am asking whether a news publication and a journalist are doing their job or, serving a political master.

Fletcher states that Fassbender and Clark, “have begun to push back against the conspiracy theory that has taken hold.”  This conspiracy theory, what is it?  Could it be that both the premier and the minister of education vehemently denied that the government attempted to provoke a strike and then court documents clearly demonstrated those statements were false?

Fletcher then touts the government’s new defense, we cannot afford it.  Well, why did that never come up in court?  Because the courts have already ruled that you cannot use that garbage as a defense.

Several superintendents have said they’ll have to cut everything if the ruling is respected.  Well, what if the government funded education appropriately, say raised B.C.’s funding to the national average and added $1,000 per kid?  What would happen? The cuts would not have to be made.

Surely school districts wouldn’t refuse increased funding?  Why would they provide the Liberals with a list of programs and supports for kids that they will cut?

Finally, Mr. Fletcher, why wouldn’t you ask your Liberal allies, if they did not provoke a strike, to release all the court documents and provide proof?

If they did that, no one would have to rely on the facts we already know or the formulaic political fiction you’ve puked onto the page.  Mr. Crossley, I warned you to turn away.

Kevin J. Epp



A solution to tough electric bills

The high cost of heating homes in the winter months seems to have hit the tipping point for many Penticton residents. Yes, upgrades and costs need to be paid for, but snowbirds and part-time residents seem to have found a way around paying for those costs. Leave in the winter and come back when it’s warm (and affordable) to be here.

An affordable solution is to change residential rates depending on the time of year. For example, charge 40 per cent less for electricity in winter and double the rates for summer. This is an example, obviously the city would have to crunch some numbers.

That way part-time residents can contribute to upgrades like the rest of us. It would also smooth out the bumps in household budgets during the winter months when fewer locals are working.

Personally, if I paid $200 less for electricity in the winter, and $200 more in the summer, it would be a huge help to my cash flow. Do something, there is an awful lot of preventable suffering out here.

George Murai



Tourism should benefit everyone

Tourism Penticton sent out a notice to motels about the Aboriginal Business Event being held this week at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Hotels were told to create a PDF coupon to give deals to the delegates, but only if they had paid Tourism Penticton.

Last time I checked, about eight of 44 motels had paid Tourism Penticton’s membership fees for this privilege. So if you don’t pay, you don’t get to play.

If Tourism Penticton is supposed to represent all tourism businesses in Penticton, why do they get to select who may benefit?

Those in the city offices, who are responsible for keeping an eye on our local tourism, need to address the way Tourism Penticton management do business by exclusion. By offering visitors a select few accommodations to choose from may cause visitors to think rooms are expensive, or there isn’t availability, and stay in rooms outside of Penticton.

This I’m sure is just one example of why the Penticton Hospitality Association wants to handle the motel tax. The PHA say they want all businesses, even those who aren’t members, to benefit from tourism dollars.

That’s the way it should be!

Keith Bevan



Anti-cull group forming

People’s concerns are well-founded. According to research, relocating deer causes stress from disorientation, plus, in the Penticton area, they can be hunted 365 days a year on First Nations Lands, giving them another major stressor.

Let the deer stay where they are and educate people on how to co-habit safely with nature and perhaps not to eat people’s roses, if that is important.

Many people, including tourists, and people who moved from large cities, love to watch the deer. Many Pentictonites, whom I have talked to, do not feel confident to make their concerns known to the decision-makers, therefore, only one side of the issue gets highlighted.

This is why we are putting together a delegation to go to a council meeting which is discussing the deer issue and make a concise presentation regarding our concerns and the implementation of alternate solutions.

If you would be willing to join us, and be kept informed of our actions and progress please phone 778-476-1703. Leave a message, with your name and contact information.  Time is limited.

You will be given the council meeting date as soon as it is known.

Heather Caron



Dry wood keeps grads dry

Thank you Princess Margaret Dry Grad Committee for making available some excellent firewood again this winter.  I discovered Princess Margaret Dry Grad Firewood in Fall, 2012 and was overjoyed to fulfill two objectives with one transaction, obtain firewood for the winter, and support a worthwhile community project.

The wood was delivered, already split, and was neatly stacked by a couple of cheerful, hard-working teenagers (plus the driver - whom I assume is a volunteer parent).

I would strongly recommend anyone who needs excellent firewood, and as a bonus support Princess Margaret Dry Grad, should contact the Princess Margaret Dry Grad Committee.

Loretta and Ross Krauter



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