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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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Comends open house

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
I would like to commend the Columbia Valley Cycling Society board of directors on their hosting of a highly successful open house on Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st to inform and gather public input on the society’s proposed Barbour Rock trail project on Crown land on the Toby Benches near Invermere.
Disclosure: I am the former president of the society. When I was on the board we made sure to do everything carefully and the right way, seeking appropriate provincial approval for trails on Crown land and consulting …

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A community of kindness

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Mondays can be bad enough but with lots of snow over night one Sunday night in January, we were snowed in down in the old side of Fort Point. Our problem was made worse because we’d had a flat tire over the weekend and one of our front wheels on a front wheel drive was a donut. My wife was was about to walk to work when I called the municipal office and spoke to Laura and pleaded for help. Within 15 minutes we heard the snowplow on the …

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Cyclists face hatred

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
For weeks now I’ve been reading the letters regarding the Barbour Rock cycling trail. I’ve come to the conclusion that some people just simply hate cyclists. They hate them on the highway, they hate them on the streets and it seems they hate them when they try to custom build some off-road single-track trail system. In Calgary they hate them for having bike lanes. On the highways they hate them for taking up 18 inches (45 centimetres) of terrifying space on the shoulder-less road and occasionally they kill them …

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Not in our backyard

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
While a letter in the January 20th issue was titled “Barbour resident protecting his backyard”, in fact, Barbour Lake really is our backyard. Our family is the landholder bounding the Lake. We are not opposed to non-motorized access of the Barbour Rock area. However, we are in opposition to the extensive, constructed trail system, and what will inevitably be severe degradation of the landscape, the wildlife, the grassland resources, and the inherent wilderness and spiritual value of the area.
One could counter that, two kilometres distant, the spectacular views …

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Winter requires patience

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
In the 30 years I’ve had the privilege to reside in this valley, I have voiced my opinion in the pages of this paper only once before. The subject was the same and was in response to the criticism regarding the maintenance of our highways and side roads.
I drive a plow truck and have done so for the past 15 winters. I’ve seen some disturbing things over the years but a recent occurrence has left me shaking my head and questioning why I bother.
While plowing a residential neighborhood …

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Need recreation trails

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
I feel compelled to write this letter as I am weary of reading anti Barbour Rock sentiments that echoes the same points repeatedly; concern for environmental protection, that there are enough sanctioned/managed trails in the valley and generally that biking is not compatible with hiking.
First of all whether you are for or against the project please start calling it what it is, a multi-use trail network. Though the project is being spearheaded by Columbia Valley Cycling Society (CVCS), there are no designated bike only trails in the planned network …

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Trails benefit

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
As a recreational mountain biker who has taken numerous trips to various locales for the purpose of biking I would like to show my support for the initiative your Columbia Valley Cycling Society (CVCS) has taken to make this project a reality. When we visit an area for biking we spend money on gas, groceries, restaurants, bike gear, hotels or campsites and numerous other items. The effect on the economy of the area is nothing but positive and when tourism is one of the backbones of a local …

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Barbour resident protecting his backyard

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
In response to “Benches resident supports trail system” letter (January 13th Pioneer): The Toby Benches welcomes you as a newcomer to our community. I believe this is a debate about environment and wildlife, but the impact is the 40 to 50 kilometres of new trails on this small piece of the Toby Benches. In every society there is a difference of opinion and we must not let one group take over all the Crown land in the Valley. I realize that a professional trail builder and former president of …

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St. Mary resident weighs in on Barbour trails debate

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
The Barbour Rock Trail Project is of great concern to me; new trails seem to be popping up all over the place; Kimberley, for example, has a similar dilemma with regard to the Bootleg Project.
It is evident trails are being dedicated almost solely for special interest groups, like mountain bikers, without information being made available to the public, and without adequate, effective and inclusive public consultation. In our case, these new trails are being established in the watersheds of Kimberley and Marysville, with the majority proposed for the watershed …

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