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All debates lead to Jumbo

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Firstly, I commend the paper for printing Jamie Fisher’s letter criticizing your perceived political bias, although the 200-word-plus Editor’s Note bespokes “thou doesn’t protest too much!”
I don’t really notice a political bias, but that may be as I hold the same views (left wing).
I do, however, see a huge anti-Jumbo bias, as do all my friends who own businesses, create jobs and want Invermere to prosper after the 20 or so recent business closures.
A prime example is the past issue where the ONLY decision in 12 …

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Political bias in editorials critiqued

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
You can make all the excuses you want, but us out here in readerland are aware of your editorial political bias. Election time is nearing so why not have a more balanced approach?
I think it is incumbent on a small town newspaper to let both sides in. Especially when your company has a media monopoly.
And I don’t mean just publishing letters — I’m talking about full-blown editorials.
Monroe Hunsicker
Dry Gulch

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Editorial applauded

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Your editorial “The Party in Power” was right on! Also, what a classy and well-researched reply you made to Jamie Fisher’s “Crossing the Line” letter. Keep up the great work. Those people need to pull their heads out of the sand or ‘”wake up and smell the coffee” as some would say. It is pretty obvious that the Harper government is pushing hard to buy votes. Don’t forget that this is taxpayers’ money. The recent ‘“child care cheques” are another example. The following segment is copied from an email …

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Crossing the line

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Re: “Debate dissent” editorial in the July 17th Pioneer.
It has been brewing at the Columbia Valley Pioneer (CVP) for some time, but today’s editorial really lays bare the political bias that has crept into your paper. Claiming that reluctance by our Prime Minister to participate in debates “is another non-surprise since journalists have essentially been banned from Stephen Harper’s events” is a personal view, and marks a significant swing away from the traditional high level of objectivity that CVP writers brought to issues in the valley and beyond. There’s a …

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Motorist fears for cyclists on highway

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
In response to Kate Bennett’s letter to the editor in the July 10th edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer regarding cycling Highway 95: although it is great to see people active with cycling, jogging, whatever the sport may be… doing these activities on Highway 95 on the first long weekend after a long, long winter is not the place to be.
Motorists respect the bicyclists because we have to. I would love to see a bicycle/walking path put in place on that pass so we can all travel safely and …

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Clarification appreciated

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
On page 10 of your July 10th, 2015 issue, you published a detailed clarification that was written by your reporter Steve Hubrecht concerning the proposed Jumbo Resort project.
In his clarification, Mr. Hubrecht stated that the Jumbo Resort was not approved by the East Kootenay Committee on Resources and the Environment (CORE) in 1994. Mr. Hubrecht is absolutely correct. It was not approved despite what the resort’s promoters have been claiming for 20 years.
Thank you for doing such a thorough job of searching out the truth and making it …

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Columere board is out of line

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I find it amazing that the Columere Park board of directors do not seem to understand that they are completely out of line. They are a volunteer bunch of people in a community association. They are not the Government of Canada. Asking the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) to collect their dues via property taxes is causing so much stress and upset that is unnecessary.
What they are doing is forcing people to cough up community dues because they pay thousands of dollars in insurance toward the CP …

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Jumbo resort not derailed, only side-stepping

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Where is the feedback from Jumbo Glacier Resort (JGR) proponents? With the substantial start determination going against further development of this highly controversial project, opponents feel like we’ve won a huge battle in the war against Jumbo. But, hang on.
It seems to me that the proponent is quite happy to roll over silently and take it. What follows is purely speculation, but the more I think this over, the expiry of the Environmental Assessment (EA) certificate could be the best thing to happen to the resort.
When the …

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Roadie pleased with drivers’ respect

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Every day, I find another thing to like about this place.
When I moved to Brisco six years ago, a bumper sticker on my car read: “Same Rights, Same Rules, Same Roads.”
I cycled up and down Highway 95 only a few times before deciding I didn’t think of myself as suicidal, and I switched to mountain biking up and down and across the valley.
My clunky Trek kept me on a bike and brought me more options in terms of where to ride, but I’m a “roadie” …

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Weighing in on Jumbo resort

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
On June 16th, I had the ignominious pleasure to attend a public hearing which was held in Radium Hot Springs municipal offices for input to a Official Community Plan cobbled together by unelected politicians for a zero population community, miles from nowhere, in B.C. wilderness — the Jumbo Glacier “Ski Resort” Development, ostensibly the brainchild of an architect, Oberto Oberti of Vancouver, B.C. that has been wasting our precious time for decades.
While thinking about what I would be able to contribute to the public hearing without giving credence to …

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Happy library has a new home

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
We were so pleased to hear that council is now considering the inclusion of the public library in the new community centre. The library was our very first stop back in 1996 when we moved here, and our entire four-generation family has used and supported the library ever since.
The community centre is exactly the right place for a facility that offers much, much more than reading materials. Over the years, I have observed the library provide companionship and outreach for seniors; a welcome haven for stay-at-home mothers with toddlers; …

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Democracy is in danger

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Informed citizenry is essential to democracy. Are we as Canadians “informed?” Who is informing us? Steven Harper? Certainly not! MPs are gagged. Scientists and public servants have all been muzzled. Research libraries have been closed.
If our own government colludes to blind its own citizens, who is left to inform them? Mainstream media? TV, radio, and newspapers?
Our media has been allowed to become, with few exceptions, a privately-owned billionaire’s club monopoly. Today, every major English-language newspaper, outside the Star and the Globe, is owned by one company, Postmedia. It’s largely owned by …

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Seeking a new champion for the SuperWalk

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by


 Dear Editor:
 
One of our major events in Invermere, Parkinson SuperWalk, is at risk. Unfortunately, our very committed, long-time organizer is unable to take on the duties this year. Grace Sander has been an absolute superstar and really helped make the event become what it is today. There are 2,270 people living with Parkinson’s in B.C.’s interior region and Parkinson SuperWalk in Invermere has raised over $20,000 to help provide services and programs to this community since 2011.
Parkinson SuperWalk is the largest national fundraising event for Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) and …

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Celebrate valley style on June 30th

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley has hosted the valley’s Annual Canada Day Fireworks for over 25 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 we ask you, the viewing public, to help us put on a great show! If everyone who watched 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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Fine country, fantastic valley

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
What is it that makes Canada a unique and great country?
We have a health care system that is open to all, regardless of ability to pay even though it could use a little re-focusing.
We have the spirit and productivity of free enterprise that we got from our neighbours to the south even though they seem to be losing it.
Our educational  system may need a little shifting to emphasis on practical career development  and life skills, but, nonetheless, it provides a solid learning base to all and …

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First Nunavut, then Nepal

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
 
Recently our community rallied to gather bikes for youths in the High Arctic. Great idea!
We often donate warm coats in the winter to folks who need them.
I’m wondering lately about the feasibility and practicality of gathering good used camping tents to send to Nepal where shelter is currently at a premium as a result of earthquakes and their aftershocks. I would be interested to know. If someone in the valley knows how and where to send them and, if this seems to be a reasonable idea given the …

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Old signage in town needs to go

Posted on June 19th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Why don’t the owners/operators of businesses that have closed take down their signage? Why advertise to visitors and potential entrepreneurs what doesn’t work here anymore? 
And, why doesn’t the District of Invermere make new business owners/operators beautify existing buildings when they move in? A simple coat of paint would help enliven the town and, as businesses open and close, the structures would all eventually get a fresh, new look.
Just some thoughts.
Stephen Lebovits
Invermere

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Drugs are a crisis in our community

Posted on June 19th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
My name is Heather Smythe. I am 24 years old and I grew up in this lovely valley we all love to call home.
This valley lost a beautiful soul, a man who loved his family and friends. The cause of his death will haunt me forever, as will the other friends I have lost to the deadly, dark thing in this valley that many people don’t like to speak about.
My friends can’t speak anymore, but I would love to speak for them. Many people of the older …

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Radium gas prices top the list

Posted on June 19th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
 
A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of driving to the Yukon. We stopped for gas in Radium, Lake Louise, Prince George, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Dease Lake and Stewart. What Dease Lake and Prince Rupert have in common is that they were the only places we filled up at that had gas that was more expensive than Radium.
Your challenge: look up on Google Maps to see where Stewart, B.C. is (Stewart is a beautiful place and I would highly recommend a visit) and …

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Thanks for help in difficult times

Posted on May 29th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you for addressing this matter in your May 22nd issue. I would like to clarify a couple of things.
Columere Park Community Association (CPCA) has nearly 95 per cent of the residents paying their dues. We have two main assets here to keep up —the tennis courts and the beach.The amount of money both in the CPCA coffers and collected via dues each year ought to be adequate to deal with these assets. What ought not to be any part of the CPCA expenses is access to the private …

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