Letters: Perceiving Sooke

Sooke is not really all that attractive says letter writer

“Sooke fine the way it is” letter from A. J. Barber dated Feb. 27

I find it interesting how some people perceive Sooke.

I agree that it needs a facelift, some buildings have no hope and need to be rebuilt. As much as we don’t like change we all need to realize that that’s just how it is. Look how far we have come since the first cell phone or fax. So we just need to accept reality. And what’s wrong with creating a nice village atmosphere. It doesn’t have to look like “Vegas,” however, a quaint little village with atmosphere is not a bad thing. We need to create an attraction where people will want to come and visit just as they do In Alberta visiting Jasper, and the more visitors the more they will spend to help support the local businesses. On that note, regarding your comment, let’s support the local business.

Yes, I agree, however, some of these people that work in these local businesses need a personality transplant. We built our home here in Sooke and poured a lot of money into a local store and to this day the staff wouldn’t even have a clue who we are. What’s wrong with ’hey Bob, how’s the house going. How are the kids or whatever?’ There’s another place we don’t go into any more as the girls that work there are so miserable we drive to Colwood just to register our vehicles. So, having said that, the so-called little community of Sooke — if it’s wanting to be recognized for “history and character,” I’ve yet to see it. It’s no wonder that Sooke is the way it is when you have letters from people like yourself… saying Sooke is attractive… are you kidding me?… What part?

J. Bailey

Sooke