Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers write about the Clinton Museum, high gas prices, the SD74 posters, and more.

Dear Editor,

I’ve just read Raven Nyman’s report about Clinton council’s rejection of support of the Village’s prime tourist attraction, the Clinton Museum (“The Rundown: Clinton News”, The Journal, April 5, 2018).

My first reaction was shock. My second reaction was, why? “There’s got to be a reason,” I thought. But without some justification, council’s decision doesn’t make any sense.

I subscribe to B.C. History magazine. The spring issue had an article, with photographs, titled “Clinton Schoolhouse Museum and Archives” by Laurie Allison and Sylvia Stepforth. The caption under one photo, of the front of the museum, was “Clinton schoolhouse finds new life as a museum, 1956.” Obviously, the “new life” of this historic building is destined to be nipped in the bud.

Clinton council owes the people of British Columbia an explanation. Most towns and cities have a museum; especially those towns and cities that have the earliest histories, such as Clinton. I think the appropriate Ministry should be informed immediately. We’re not just talking about any old building. The Clinton Museum is a historic site.

I spent many weeks of my time in the 1970s working with former curator the late Avis Choate, to catalogue every item in the museum. A good deal of financial investment has been made over the years to restore and protect the precious artifacts in and around the museum building.

It behooves Clinton council to come up with an explanation.

Esther Darlington

Historian and journalist

Ashcroft, B.C.

Dear Editor,

It is very annoying how the provincial government can blame private clinics for their own downfall. I feel the government has sorely failed us in providing good health care, so they blame these clinics.

Government ruined our health care system a long time ago, and now we are paying for it. It is bad enough that there are thousands of people without a family doctor; walk-in-clinics can only do so much without patient history at hand. I believe the government just wants us “seniors” to die and be out of their way!

I support public health care and the B.C. government’s crackdown on private clinics and unlawful private fees in order to protect patients, but only if I see some positive changes at least starting to be made.

Barbara Nasadyk

Ashcroft, B.C.

Dear Editor,

In Canada we have free speech. In our schools there is no room for political or personal issues that expose our children to [School District No. 74 Superintendent Teresa Downs’] personal opinion (“School District No. 74 anti-racism posters spark controversy”, The Journal, March 15, 2018).

I understand the views of the Superintendent. I do not support bringing such a statement to schools, especially to students who are not old enough to understand the full depth of the issue. It breeds dissention and worries in those who are too young to deal with the issue.

Bringing undue stress to our youth is not the way to express your views. This will pit societies against each other. Children are playing together regardless of adult opinion.

Marion Tillotson

Merritt, B.C.

Dear Editor,

All across this province, soaring gas prices have British Columbians fuming.

Whether you are hauling the kids to hockey practice, picking up groceries for your family, or getting mom to her doctor’s appointment, most of us drive because we have to. For families struggling to make ends meet, higher gas prices hurt.

It’s a reality Liberals back in Ottawa just don’t understand, and it’s why the pain you experience at the pump today is about to get a lot worse.

The federal Liberals are forcing the provinces to implement a national carbon tax which will add 11 cents per litre to the cost of gasoline by 2022. It will also add at least 15 per cent to your natural gas bill, and almost 10 per cent to your hydro bill.

The federal Liberal carbon tax won’t help the environment, but it will make the cost of everything your family needs more expensive.

This isn’t about helping the environment; this is about picking your pocket.

As the voice for taxpayers, Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will continue to fight for lower taxes.

Mark Strahl

Member of Parliament



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