Letters to the editor – Dec. 9

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community

Cartoon insulting to art community

I would like to comment on the cartoon that was printed in your Dec. 2, edition showing an accountant with what appears to be a fat woman artist sitting on her behind demanding money.

How incredibly insulting to the volunteers of the Sooke arts Community.

I can assure you the volunteers for the arts in this community do not sit on their behinds and demand money. We work tirelessly to promote the arts and the community of Sooke through the events we put on, all with a mere pittance of money which is doled out grudgingly by Sooke council and its community grant review committee.

How this was allowed to go into this newspaper is beyond me. What a slap in the face!

Caryl Wilford

President

Sooke Community Arts Council

 

Sooke’s cultural identity under threat

Recommendations regarding funding for the arts organ- izations in Sooke will go to council on Dec. 14. If approved, funding will be slashed.

Undoubtedly this will be a significant threat to the cultural identity of this community.

Decades of effort and tens of thousands of hours of volunteer time have contributed to Sooke being recognized as a center for the arts on south Vancouver Island. Let’s not destroy what we have achieved.

A few years ago council questioned the level of community support for the Sooke Region Museum and balked at committing to a level of support that would keep the museum viable. A subsequent referendum resulted in 80 per cent of voters supporting the museum.

I believe an overwhelming number of the members of this community support arts organizations. Sooke council must recognize this and maintain funding levels.

Bob Stinson

Otter Point

 

Funding likely available for community hall

Re: Seniors centre faces uncertain future (News, Nov. 18)

I wonder if anyone has checked out funding for upgrades at the Sooke Community Hall, and especially wheelchair accessibility improvements from both the provincial and federal governments?

ESDC (enabling disability federal funding), Heritage B.C. and hopefully Regeneration 150 will be revised under Trudeau (a fund for community heritage building revisions in time for 2017 Canada Day) come to mind.

It is grand to see the Sooke Community Association and council working together.

I agree with those who feel the Sooke Community Hall is a wonderful heritage building and, as such, deserves to be maintained and upgraded so that it can both remain as a testimony to the Sooke area’s notable history and better serve the community as a place to hold meetings and events.

Jo Phillips

Sooke

 

Town centre project well worth the effort

Thanks to Mayor Maja Tait and council for the beautification of our town center. Though the construction was a nightmare at times, the result is well worth it. Traffic is flowing and the sidewalks and boulevards are very attractive.

Carol Pinalski

Sooke

 

Tree symbolizes what Sooke is about

Charlie Brown tree or not, it’s the spirit of giving (Opinion, Dec. 2)

Sooke core is looking great. There are a lot of people to thank – thanks to Coun. Brenda Parkinson who led the decorating effort with a group of volunteers. Big thanks to the Brooks family for the tree donation. This is what our community is about and why I love living here.

Doni Eve

Sooke

 

Donors deserve a big thank you

Charlie Brown tree or not, it’s the spirit of giving (Opinion, Dec. 2)

It was a donated tree! Has anyone even thought to say thank you to whoever donated it? Maybe the tree isn’t perfect to some, but life isn’t perfect.

It’s our town Christmas tree and it’s great and it was donated in the spirit of Christmas. Thank you to the donors. I love the tree.

Diane Wilson

Sooke

 

Some people are never happy

Charlie Brown tree or not, it’s the spirit of giving (Opinion, Dec. 2)

The people that complain wouldn’t be happy if we had the biggest most beautiful tree.

Melissa Szoo

Sooke

 

Politicians misled public on roundabout

Is anyone else confused?

After seeing the big roundabout “Mission Accomplished” picture in the Sooke News Mirror, I believed it.

Imagine my complete surprise when I was stuck again in traffic last Friday when trying to get into the town core.

I don’t get it – either it is done  or it’s not. Clearly, it was not.

Was there some promised deadline that they needed to meet? Are the politicians trying to mislead us? Come on, show us a little bit of respect.

In other words, tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Linda Bessont

Sooke