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District of Invermere needs a dog park

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
There are expectations of responsible dog ownership, and then there’s fascism.
Train dogs to what? Not talk? That’s their language. Barks. And growls. And other guttural noises that comprise their forms of speech, of communication. It’s how they express themselves. It’s how they communicate with humans and other animals. They don’t speak English. They speak Dog.
Yes, dogs are not allowed on the beaches. We dog owners get that. If a dog owner doesn’t get that and takes their dog to the beach, then woe to them. There is a bylaw. …

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Pro-Jumbo thanks to opposition

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
In response to Arnor Larson’s letter last week (“Jumbo Road unclarity” in the July 18th issue), I must strongly disagree with his assertions (intentional or not) that all the words from Glacier Resorts, provincial officials and their spokespeople are the ones providing misinformation. As a neutral observer of the Jumbo process, I’ve watched the company meet every obstacle with nothing but facts, constantly improving the plan and taking the high road every time. I’ve observed the hate, illegal blockades, unsuccessful court challenges, screaming violence (newspaper employees having to lock …

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Your dollars to Jumbo

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Last week (Editor’s note: this is part two of a letter to the editor that started in last week’s July 18th issue) I ended by implying that some of your readers’ tax dollars have been, and will continue to be, sucked up by the Jumbo Project.Below I will explain an insidious avenue that few see for what it really is, a subsidy for Glacier Resorts Ltd. (GRL).
In 2011, the provincial government’s “Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services” was touring the province seeking suggestions on how they could …

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Jumbo Road unclarity

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: Part two of this Letter to the Editor will appear in next week’s issue.
Dear Editor:
Nearly all Jumbo articles need some correction to unravel the confusion (intentional or not) that infuses the words from Glacier Resorts Ltd., political wannabes, and provincial ministers or their spokespeople. On page 3 of your July 4th issue is an article that implies that Bill Bennett believes that “…the Ministry of Transport (MOT) is legally responsible for…the road (up Jumbo Creek).” [Editor’s note: In parenthesis should have read “Toby Creek”. The Pioneer apologizes for …

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Can’t have it both ways

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
The article “Provincial ministers visit Invermere, tour Jumbo” (July 4th Pioneer) has left me very confused.
The three ministers came to Copper Point for “a private BC Liberal breakfast fundraiser… after Minister Oakes met with Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality council.” Then they all went on a helicopter tour of the Jumbo Valley. 
The Columbia River-Revelstoke Liberal riding association president Grant Costello (who is also the vice-president of Jumbo Glacier Resort Ltd.) said, “It was a riding event, put on by the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding association and we’re BC Liberals; it’s a private …

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Canada’s wasted oil profits

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
“Families first” BC Liberals were quick to blow a billion dollars on smart meters, but when it comes to education, and smartening our kids, there is no money. Yet, annually, B.C. taxpayers dish out over a quarter-billion dollars subsidizing private schools — which Christy Clark’s kid goes to. What was the panic for smart meters anyways? Was it just to get rid of nearly 400 jobs? Who pockets those 400 paycheques now? Certainly not hydro ratepayers. 
Federally, it’s more bizarre. Canada exports two-thirds of its oil to the States, while importing half of our oil from other …

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Advice for untrained dog owners

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Rudeness comes in many forms, and most of us generally try to ignore it. That may be part of the problem, but it feels like a healthier approach than flaring up over everything.
Nonetheless, here is an overdue message to local dog owners. You and your canine aren’t …

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Failure to protect the backcountry bliss of Whitetail Lake

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
I’m a backcountry enthusiast from Calgary who has been enjoying the pristine beauty of the Columbia Valley for most of my life. I’m mostly an avid fisherman and this has taken me outside of the main valley, allowing me the pleasure of seeing some of the most spectacular places that the East Kootenay has to offer.
In my lifetime (like others who visit the area on a regular basis), I have watched as the area has grown and prospered with the tourism business. The valley has gone through some big …

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A matter of perspective

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Since the Copper Point Resort get-together with Ministers Bennett, Oakes and Stone was “a private BC Liberal breakfast fundraiser,” the presence of the Jumbo mayor and council means that they had to be card-carrying Liberals in order to be “elected” to office.
Brian Patton
Invermere

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No way to repay a good deed

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Our daughter attended a house party in Invermere last week.
She volunteered to be the designated driver and ensured her peers got home safe and sound.
As she was leaving this party, she discovered one of the tires was slashed. 
Makes me wonder what sort of tool/weapon this person brings to a party. 
I find this to be very disrespectful and am very disappointed in this individual.  
I hope this young person reads this letter and reimburses the cost as my daughter was doing a good deed that saves …

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Accolades a-plenty for valley visit

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce on July 2nd, and was forwarded to The Pioneer for publication.
To whom it may concern:
 
My girlfriend and I happened to be passing through the Columbia Valley area on a road trip this past weekend, and caught a lot of buzz around Invermere about the Canada Day celebrations. We were intrigued enough to make sure we spent June 30th and July 1st in the Valley.
First off, let me say that the fireworks display at midnight was outstanding.  …

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Management, not slaughter

Posted on July 4th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Is it possible that someone, probably a child, could be seriously injured or even killed by a deer in Invermere? Yes, it is. Is it true that the deer cause substantial property loss to many residents in Invermere? Yes, they do, and many of those same residents spend hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars trying to protect their property. Do the deer (as prey) attract predators such as coyotes, bears and cougars into Invermere and do those same predators create a public safety concern? Yes, and of course they do. But is …

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Celebrate valley-style June 30th

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
The Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley has hosted the valley’s Annual Canada Day Fireworks for over 20 years and folks line Lake Windermere to catch a glimpse of the spectacular show.
With money tight in our community, business donations are down and so we ask you, the viewing public, to help us put on a great show! If everyone who watches the fireworks donated a toonie, the costs would be covered for years.
Please dig deep and donate via our coin boxes located in businesses throughout Invermere, mail a donation …

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Detachment does everything it can

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
It is not often I respond to people venting their frustration at the RCMP. I will view some of the jeers and, if applicable, pass it on to the members at the detachment that a concern has been expressed and let’s work on the issue if we can. 
I, however, will respond to Barry Hawes comments in last week’s letter to the editor. 
Mr. Hawes seems to have forgotten the times he has reached out to me for assistance, when, in my opinion, I went out of my way to come to …

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In solidarity against deer slaughter

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
District of Invermere has decided we will endure ongoing wildlife torture and slaughter next door and on the public land we own and use. They ignored the ethical, compassionate values of 245 voters and will proceed in spite of zero logic for continuing the war on wildlife. They think they’ve fooled November voters into ignoring the most divisive, abhorrent municipal program ever imposed on us.
The mayor, in particular, is so filled with vengeance against our beleaguered society members, that he trespassed and erected private advertising on our property, and ignores respected …

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Imprisoned information

Posted on June 20th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Memories of early school days, visitors dressed in polished boots and wide brimmed hats. Young minds easily impressed by fine words and obvious power. “We are here to help where ever help is needed — that’s our job.” Scroll ahead a few years. Young man, now prostrate on a hospital emergency bed — deathly ill and far from home. Sick and worried, all worldly possessions at risk in an unlocked car on a downtown street. “We are here to help wherever help is needed — that’s our job.” Oh …

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Our library needs some TLC

Posted on June 20th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I grew up in a small mining village. I loved to read. As a young teenager, I would catch the bus to travel the three miles into town to go to the library. The library was situated in the centre of the main street in the most imposing Victorian building other than the Council Chambers building. I knew, instinctively, as a young person, that this was an important building and that I was privileged to be able to use the facilities.
I have visited many libraries since then, in quite …

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Love your local library

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
When considering a new community centre, let’s focus on the important word “community.” Last week, I returned from a trip to Kelowna and Langley where I visited family members. In the Mission area of Kelowna, the neighbourhood community centre had, as its most prominent sign, “Library”. Moving on to the Walnut Grove Community Centre of Langley, once again of prominence was the sign “Library”. Both libraries were bustling, able to offer a wonderful array of programs, and significantly enhanced the community centres in which they were based.
In Invermere, we …

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Fitness facilities a-plenty in Invermere

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Of course, we all acknowledge and support our pursuit of health and fitness. I think, though, that the Invermere area has enough sports and fitness facilities and we should make support of the library a priority. Yes, many communities have fitness facilities in their community centres (Canmore and Nelson, for example); but these communities have long-established, well-supported libraries as well.
The library is a truly inclusive facility serving all ages, abilities and interests.
J. Herman
Fairmont Hot Springs

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Lesson learned at the drive-thru

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Jeers to me for letting the blond lady in the black car get me down to her miserable level the other morning in the Tim Hortons drive thru.
I absentmindedly drove through the order part (this happens sometimes, right?). I drove up and chatted with an employee who said, “No problem.” Still, three cars ahead of me — it was all good! Until I stepped out of my convertible to receive my tea, Miss Black Car was yelling at me. “Why didn’t you order? Blah blah blah… ”
I replied, …

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