Letters: $3,600 is not a “paltry” amount

Comments made at Sooke council meeting not appreciated by local resident

Lorien Arnold, president of the Sooke Bike Club and Sooke Mountain Cycle, was quoted at the Sooke council meeting on Dec. 10 as saying that the $3,600 he received for his development costs relating to the proposed bike skills race course in John Phillips Memorial Park, was a “paltry” amount.

$3,600 is definitely not a paltry or insignificant amount. To many Sooke residents and taxpayers $3,600 covers several months rent or mortgage payments. Puts a lots of food on their tables, helps pay expensive hydro bills, etc. etc.

Sooke taxpayers provided this $3,600 “paltry” amount. If you consider it so insignificant, pay it back to the district. Surely you could get your club members and supporters to come up with such a “paltry” amount.

Or, here’s another idea. On behalf of the bike club, make a $3,600 donation to the Sooke Food Bank. Such an amount would certainly not be considered paltry to those Sooke residents who regularly rely on the generosity of the food bank.

For you to have accepted the $3,600 and then turn around and insult the taxpayers who reluctantly funded it, is absolutely outrageous. Shame on you and shame on your group.

Your bike skills race track is not wanted in our John Phillips Memorial Park. Look elsewhere.

Stuart Katorsky

Carolyn Katorsky

Sook