Dear Editor:

I found it disturbing to find that another newly-formed special-interest group has taken legal action against the District of Invermere, claiming that there was not sufficient process involved in making the decision to cull the resident deer population.

I would urge this group to review the actual process that was involved before they waste any more of the court systems time and resources, as your civil case has little merit.

Obtaining a temporary injunction in non-contested motion is relatively easy. Should council choose to oppose your action, the court will hear that council followed all the steps necessary to make this decision, as did the other councils in the area that are participating in culls. And that it was the province that granted the cull licence.

If the matter was of this much importance to your group, where were you when the process was in motion? And during the election?

Claiming that you were not aware of the process indicates to me the typical laissez faire attitude so prevalent in our fellow Canadians in many matters.

I dont consider myself plugged in to the local political scene but I was aware of the ongoing process. Had I issues such as yours I would have at least sought out one of our electoral officials and let them know. Its not like we dont know who they are. If you dont happen to see one of them on the streets, they are in the phone book.

There are many issues that may affect your day-to-day life in the hands of elected officials at all levels, it is up to you to let your views be known to them.

Dont let the case of the HST referendum lead you to believe that to Cry Wolf after elected politicians at any level make decisions that affect our lives in any way will change policy. You have to be constantly vigilant of what elected officials do on our behalf.

It is your responsibility to be aware of what policies elected officials are instituting at all levels: federal, provincial and even more importantly, at your local level.

Ron Looye