Letters to the editor – April 27

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

Maybe they’ll turn themselves in?

Re: Sooke police chases keep her up at night (Letters, April 20)

Oh, those nasty RCMP officers chasing drunks and speeders up and down our roads all night and keeping poor Donna Marlow awake

Let them speed on their merry way and they may even turn themselves in the next morning, no?

Ms. Marlow is evidently out of touch with the realities of policing in 2016. And if there are more midnight pursuits than in 1991 then that speaks volumes about the type of people now living in Sooke.

I dare say back in 1991 there was also no need for the News Mirror to run “wanted” mug shots. But it does today.

By the way, has it crossed Ms. Marlow’s mind that the car may have been stolen? If so, just taking down the license plate number is not going to accomplish anything.

I will leave the chase/no chase decisions to our RCMP members, thank you very much!

Andy Neimers

Sooke

 

Mayor’s labours under misconception

Re: Mayor’s maternity leave furor may give birthing to new legislation (News, April 20)

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait and Oak Bay Coun. Michelle Kirby are labouring under a misconception. Elected officials volunteer to serve. They are not employed. They don’t get paid a salary, they are granted a stipend to compensate for the time used in the performance of their voluntary duties.

Once you have volunteered to serve, it is your responsibility to serve throughout your term. If you can’t serve through your entire term you’ve abrogated your responsibility and should be immediately replaced by someone who can serve out their responsibility.

It’s not a question of parental rights, it’s a question of duty and responsibility voluntarily assumed.

If you can’t assume 100 per cent of the responsibility, don’t volunteer to serve.

Jason Kitt

Sooke

 

A sad little park at the end of the road

Port Renfrew will be voting on the referendum for SEAPARC to buy DeMamiel golf course on Saturday (April 30).

If this referendum goes through, Port Renfrew will contribute to the purchase of this land in Sooke which is over 70 kilometres away.

I find it ironic as our small community park, which is in walking distance for children who live in Port Renfrew, is in desperate need of attention. The lawn is a foot high in places, the gardens are unkempt, and there is no plan to install much needed new playground equipment.

It seems to always be a lack of funding with the Juan de Fuca parks.

Apparently, the earliest our park’s lawn can be cut is May.

I feel sad and disheartened for our community of Port Renfrew.  Surely we deserve better than this.

If the referendum goes through, I bet the DeMamiel golf course land will never be allowed to look like our park.    Guess how I am voting on Saturday?

Ernestina Wilson

Port Renfrew

 

Seniors need a place to call home

I am writing in reference to bingo at the Sooke Community Hall that is sponsored by the Sooke Senior Drop-In Center Society.

If more people do not start attending these bingos, we are afraid that we will have to discontinue them.

For some seniors, this is their only form of entertainment.

We are paying rent for each day that we are there, so if we do not have at least 10 people playing bingo, we are not able to have a bingo, according to the B.C. Lottery Corp.

We have been trying to obtain a place of our own. We are the only senior center on the Island that does not have a facility of its own.

If you want to keep the seniors’ center afloat, something must be done for us to have a place to call home; a place where seniors can play cards, scrabble and other forms of entertainment or just to come, have lunch and visit with other seniors.

We seem to be low-man on the totem pole when it comes to securing a place of our own. There is money for a lot of other things, but not for us.

I think it is time we get mad and insist something be done for us. We have been trying for years to get a place of our own and we get the feeling that we are being treated as second-class citizens.

You are all going to be seniors one day – so please, think about that.

Irene Healey

Seniors Drop In Center Society