Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

A thank you from kidney donor Donna Middleton, and comments about a recent column regarding Site C.

Dear Editor,

I would like to wholeheartedly thank all my friends, and strangers who are now friends, for the amazing show of support for me during my donor journey! (“Cache Creek woman will be living kidney donor”, The Journal, April 13, 2017) I cannot adequately express how much this has meant, and continues to mean, to me and my family.

Joyce, you rock! You have no idea how much you being you has helped me out, and you have my heartfelt thanks!

Unfortunately, we do not have a happy ending to our transplant story. The kidney was not viable, and even after four heroic surgeries, adequate blood flow could not be established. As I’ve said before, crap happens.

Zach and I, along with our families, continue to heal physically and emotionally, and we will all get back to baseline soon. We are strong!

So the search continues for this amazing young man and his family, as well as the hundreds of others who are waiting for a life-saving organ donation. Consider being an organ donor and check out www.bctransplant.ca to find out more.

Thank you everyone! You have been, and continue to be, amazing, and we could not have done this without y’all!

Donna Middleton

Cache Creek, B.C.

Dear Editor,

Re: Tom Fletcher’s recent article about Site C (“Dam delay disaster for NDP”, The Journal, June 15, 2017). Once again, Mr. Fletcher wades into a critical issue for the citizens of B.C. and contributes absolutely nothing.

Sure, you can focus on the “organic carrot-waving base of the BC Greens”: very clever indeed, but what about the fact that BC Hydro’s debt has gone from $6 billion in 2005 to $80 billion today (BC Hydro 2016 annual report)?

Sure, throw another $10 billion for Site C onto that. Nobody will notice. Or how about discussing the fact that even the proponents of the dam admit that we won’t need the power for another 40 years? Or how about discussing the fact that the BC Utilities Commission has in the past stated that the site is not suitable for a dam and one should not be there, and that current cracks in the earth at the dam site are proving that point? What about the fact that B.C. consumers are next in line for some Ontario-sized hydro bills in the near future?

Lots of things need to be brought out into the open about this dam but no, let’s focus on those carrot-waving greenies.

Jim Ryan

Spences Bridge, B.C.

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