Letters for Oct. 21

Full-time medical clinic and more RCMP officers still needed in Sooke

More police needed in Sooke

It is good Sooke is increasing funding for police, but I doubt an increase of seven percent is anywhere near adequate.

Note though, that comparison with other areas is awkward. On the one hand Sidney has a huge volume of vehicle traffic through it from ferries and the airport, as well as airport activity, but on the other hand the Sooke area has a far more distributed resident population.

My comment is based on the difficulty that RCMP in the Sooke area have had stopping troublemakers.

Keith Sketchley, Saanich

 

Full-time medical clinic urgently required here

On Oct. 9, I went to Holy Trinity Church’s Vital Vittles for lunch when I was stung by a wasp.

My arm swelled up and it turned very red. I was given medical attention right away.

I carried on with my daily activities, and kept an eye on my arm as the day progressed.

Later that afternoon, I took an antihistamine to help with the swelling, but it wasn’t helping. My arm continued to swell.

The next day, I went to the medical clinic at 12:15 p.m. and on the front door there was a sign: “Sorry, we’re closed.”

I went over to the drug store and talked to the pharmacist and he told me that if the clinic runs out of patients before the time is up, the doors are closed. Clinic hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

So how does this work?

OK, say a business doesn’t have any customers for the first three hours it is open, is it going to close its doors and put up a sign saying, “Sorry, we’re closed?”

This is a walk in medical clinic. What if a child falls and cuts his hand open, the parents rush her to the clinic on Saturday and they arrive at noon, “Sorry were closed.” Then what? The parent must drive all the way to Colwood to St. Anthony’s Medical Centre Clinic to get treatment.

We need a full-time walk-in medical clinic, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sooke, wake up and smell the roses.

Let’s do a questionnaire to see who agrees we need a full-time walk in clinic.

Let’s pull together as a community and get one.

C.J.. Malooney, Sooke

 

Clean up fallen fruit to avoid bears

I watched with frustration and anger at a news report about the killing of a black bear in Sooke. I was amazed to hear that Sooke is now the epicentre of bear activity in the province.

How can our small community be responsible for so many irresponsible actions regarding wildlife?

With the hard work of volunteers from our community, we have all been educated about bear attractants.

Our first thought is to secure our garbage but we forget about all those apples and plums that fall out of trees and litter our yards and gardens.

Fallen fruit on the ground is like a cornocopia for bears – an abundance of tasty fruit that is just lying there waiting to be eaten. No fighting off predators, no getting wet trying to grab a splashy fish, no dumpster diving. It is all laid out like a table setting, within reach and just waiting to be eaten.

Oh my, how happy I would be if I could just sit back and enjoy all the tasty treats I could handle! I’d probably quit my job. I’d probably even sell my house!

I would like to thank the Sooke News Mirror for being the leader in our community that it is and for educating our residents about living with wildlife.

I ask that you remind residents about the importance of cleaning up fallen fruit to avoid the needless death of wild animals in our community. Most of us moved here to enjoy a country life and to enjoy all that the area has to offer – parks, forests, mountains, ocean, lakes and yes, bears.

Residents who are interested in learning more about living with wildlife are encouraged to check out the Wild Wise Sooke Facebook page atfacebook.com/wildwisesooke.

Jennifer Davison, Sooke