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Errant trailbuilder versus Parks Canada

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
It was with interest that I read the article regarding David Pacey’s legal problems associated with his trailbuilding efforts. It was unfortunate that the article was not complete and I hope to see the full article in the next edition (Editor’s note: See adjacent “Correction” ).
Regardless, why is Parks Canada wasting so much time and money on something so trivial? You would think Parks Canada couldn’t afford to waste money after all the free passes they are handing out this year. I wonder how many trails could have …

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Watkins house at Brisco

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
(Re: Historical Lens photo in the March 10th Pioneer) I appreciate the photo of my grandparents’ house in your last issue. However, your date of the photo is a bit out.
My mother, Annie Watkins, was born on February 14th, 1902. In this photo, she is probably six or seven years old. This would mean that this photograph was probably taken around 1908 or 1909 (Editor’s note: details about this photo provided to The Pioneer by the Windermere Valley Museum indicate it was taken in the 1920s). …

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Natural gas not cheap

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
It is probably a good thing that when politicians are thrown out of office they go quietly into the sunset and enjoy their retirement. To a large extent, the three living former MLAs — Jim Doyle, Wendy McMahon and myself — do a fairly good job of that. But it doesn’t mean that we don’t still have many thoughts about current issues.
I am prompted to write today because of subjects raised in the last three issues of The Pioneer. The most recent was a Letter to the Editor …

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Valley needs natural gas

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you for the coverage concerning propane gas use in our valley. The elephant in the room is this: Why don’t we have natural gas piped into our valley? It would help the big users of fossil fuel here.
It would also make other businesses wanting to move here more competitive. I would love to have natural gas in my home. What a great issue for the upcoming election!
Monroe Hunsicker
Dry Gulch

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Nurses need more appreciation

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Nurses are a vastly under-appreciated profession. Just having spent four days in the Kelowna General Hospital recuperating from spinal surgery, I am more aware than ever how overworked and undercompensated they are.
The nurses were the brightest spot in an otherwise arduous experience. They were endlessly patient and caring, compassionate, efficient, knowledgeable, etc. with me and with all the other patients in the ward full of people recuperating from body trauma and in great pain and helplessness.
I wish we could all lobby our government to make the …

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Family thanks caring community

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Through your newspaper, we would like to publicly thank those who looked after and looked out for our wife and mother, Anne Picton, over the years.
We first would like to recognize the Interior Health workers and all the medical staff who cared for her and treated her illness. The courtesy and respect that was shown to Anne was indicative of the high regard people had for her. Every time she was admitted to hospital or Emergency, the treatment was commendable and Anne had high praise for all the staff.
The …

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Shocked by horse abuse

Posted on March 7th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I was shocked to read that an RCMP Riding Master was removed from the RCMP Musical Ride Unit over horse abuse allegations.
Sgt. Major Marc Godue had been a riding instructor with the Musical Ride since 1990 and was promoted to Riding Master in 2014.
Having been a member of the RCMP Musical Ride in 1956, 1957 and 1958, performing in Canada, USA and Great Britain, I never saw any abuse of horses by our members.
I travelled with the horses by boat from Glasgow, Scotland, by train across the USA …

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Barbour Rock: just tip of the iceberg

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Passionate arguments for and against the Barbour Rock trail system proposed by the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance (CVGTA) have captured the public’s interest lately.
One part of the conversation that warrants more attention is the lack of a recreation access management plan in the Upper Columbia Valley — the only region in the E. Kootenay that does not have one. And it’s painfully clear that due to our proximity to Calgary, we are more susceptible to overuse.
Recent survey results gathered by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation reinforce …

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Election’s coming

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Election’s coming that’s for sure
Democracy for our province will endure
That’s democracy true and pure
Vote you can for government to evolve
Benefits to come will all problems solve
Or you think relax, relax
There is a danger to grossly overtax
Be you right or left I do not know
But think on best for our province to grow
You may think that Gerry
As a socialist is not scary
You may think that Clovechuk
Is just the one with which to truck
Maybe just to go with Hooles
For you think the others fools
All it is that I do ask
Is think, …

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Terrorism: a two-way street

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
At the time of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, I was working as the Medical Director of a United Arab Emirates Armed Forces military hospital in Sharjah, U.A.E.
On my way home from work that day, a colleague called me on my cell phone to inform me of the attack. I went home and watched the horrific events unfold in real time on TV. I was stunned and wondered what the reaction would be when I went to work the next day.
Shortly after arriving …

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Got your back Justin!

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
You could say that Proportional Representation, for Justin especially, is bad PR! I know exactly what his father would say! In just one word… unconstitutional! Nowhere, in fact, does the Constitution Act 1982, including The BNA Act 1867, mention the word “Party” or “Political Party” even once! Insert here, Trudeau the Elder’s classic, charismatic, intellectual indignation. Talk about “alternate facts”… our democracy is founded on individual representation by population.
Only a Canadian citizen can stand for election to any legislature in all the land! If you want to change it …

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B.C. is part of a greater whole

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you to Gerry Taft for his service to this community and for his stated goal of taking the valley’s concerns to Victoria. Nonetheless, I think we need to remember that our community is also part of a wider province and a greater country.
Yes, our tourism and forestry industries are important locally and across the province. There are other communities and industries, all of equal importance. The province of British Columbia is a beautiful and vastly diversified place. Energy, mining, agricultural and hydro-electric projects flourish all across B.C., …

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Keep a good thing going

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
The Columbia Valley is a great place to live. I believe what helps make our communities thrive is up to us, the residents — full-time and part-time citizens. Invermere is very fortunate to have a wide selection of quality, locally-owned businesses.
My husband and I relocated to the Valley four years ago because we like what the area has to offer, such as year-round outdoor recreation, varied events, and quality amenities and services. We are permanent full-time residents, we built a house here, and we enjoy supporting and getting …

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STARS needs your support

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I wanted to share an email I received from a charity that is near and dear to our family’s heart. STARS Helicopter Services is an essential service to our valley and provides life-saving rescue. Unfortunately, one of their main fundraisers, the STARS Lottery, is experiencing low ticket sales. I would like to encourage you to support STARS by purchasing your Lottery tickets at: www.starslotteryalberta.ca.
Brodie and Lisa Godlien
Radium Hot Springs
Dear STARS VIP,
As you may have seen in a letter from our CEO Andrea Robertson last week, ticket sales for this …

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Sorely disappointed in lack of electoral reform

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Words cannot adequately convey my deep sense of dismay and my feeling of complete and utter betrayal over the abandonment of Electoral Reform by our government.
This was an election promise made over and over again — without any qualifications of any type.
Clearly this is either a colossal mistake, or naked electoral fraud; in this case, promising something simply in order to get votes, including the votes of large numbers of people who would never ordinarily have voted for them.
The whole point, let us remind ourselves, was …

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Candidate outlines reasons for running

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by


Editor’s note: Earlier in 2016, Liberal Columbia River Revelstoke candidate Doug Clovechok, and NDP nominee candidate Spring Hawes wrote letters to the editor introducing themselves to local constituents. Fellow NDP nominee candidate, and now NDP candidate, Gerry Taft was extended the same opportunity, but chose to defer his letter until now.
Dear Editor:
The question I get asked most often by people in the valley is why do you want to give up being mayor to become the MLA?
As most of you will know, I have served on District of Invermere …

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In celebration of Jumbo Wild for future generations

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
Re: Sharon Dulong’s Jumbo poem in the Dec. 30, 2016 issue.
Dear Sharon; thank you for your intriguing and insightful JUMBO: A Poem (December 30th, 2016) in The Pioneer.
As I read into the body of the poem going through all the current events and future possibilities, I lost track of the title, concentrating on the predictions—the message of change.
Then lo, the finale let my heart dance with the clear vision of the truth all supporting of keeping Jumbo wild hold dear . . . Jumbo is …

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Defending the wildness of the Toby Benches

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
In response to the open house, Barbour Rock Trails.
Putting the cart before the horse is what the proponents have done. An open house should be at the start of the process instead of after trying to sneak the proposal through without anyone knowing and with the referrals over. We have already sent in our comments to all the ministers and the local reps of Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. (RSTBC) and any info now cannot be considered as are comments are in.
So why not go camping and fishing …

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Remembering a beloved teacher

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Pioneer readers:
My humblest apologies to all of you, but most of all to the spirit of Anne Picton, our beloved English teacher and proofreader. She practised (not practiced) what she taught. The verb form of the word is spelled with an “S”… My mistake. American spell checkers do not notice this distinction. My error was in not proofreading one more time, as she would have done, and the irony of all this is that I was trying in my article last week to honour her memory and her love …

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Mountain bikers taking over

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor
I have many friends who support the Barbour cycling proposal. I really respect their passion, but I do not support the proposal. I have spent some weeks thinking the matter over and contemplating the issues.
As a hiker, I feel there is a conflict between the two sports. The mountain bikers want to get their workout in nature, flying up and down hills, and there’s nothing wrong with this in principle. The hiker is thrilled with pure nature, with being in it, not flying over it. To say the Barbour …

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