Letters to the editor – Feb. 3

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

Thanks for the memories, Sooke

A note of farewell to all our friends in Sooke over the past 23 years.

There have been so many of you, each and everywhere around the village and too many to personally hug and thank, so we thought this letter was the best way to reach the ones we have missed.

We will sincerely miss you all.

No matter what lies ahead for us both, nothing will ever replace the past 23 years from our memory.

Ed and Grace Barlow

Sooke

 

Goose hunt cost $725 per bird

Re: District eyes bylaw fix for geese shooting (News, Jan. 27)

On the front page of the Jan 27 issue about geese shooting and the culling of problem geese you state that “43 Birds were killed at a cost of $31,200.”

This equates to $725 per bird!

As a taxpayer, I would like to know how this figure was arrived at, and who got paid to go hunting, a privilege that most hunters must pay for.

Linda Gordon

Sooke

 

Politicians make a play on words

Re: More land eyed for recreation services (News, Jan. 20)

I do not fundamentally oppose the acquisition of lands for recreation. If Sooke can afford this acquisition, if it’s a good deal, if it’s in the best location, and if we don’t have higher priorities for our spending, then of course, let’s give Sooke more amenities.

What I do have a problem with is the politicians’ play on words when it comes to the impact on taxpayers with such projects.

First, why hasn’t it been publicized the pool debt was paid off? How long ago was it paid? Why didn’t our taxes get reduced?

The referendum in 1998 was for $4.41 million over 15 years. The day that was paid there should have been a press release along with information about the corresponding reduction in our taxes.

Instead, it appears to have been buried from the public’s view, and now the politicians are telling us we can get a deal on some land, and it won’t cost us anymore taxes, because they are still collecting the taxes on a debt that was paid off.

This is symbolic of what is wrong with government today. It appears there is an entitlement to our money and what we don’t know won’t hurt us. This is exactly what breed mistrust in government.

What I would like to know is how much money is still being collected for a debt that is paid, and how much of an impact that is to each taxpayer in Sooke?

The theme should not be “new loan won’t increase taxes.” The theme should be: “Government over-collects on referendum loan and will not be reducing taxes despite conditions of referendum being met, and is seeking permission to extend loan for another 15 years, and may or may not tell you when that loan is paid off and may or may not reduce your taxes at that point.”

Derek Lewers

Sooke

 

Sooke needs a golf course

Re: More land eyed for recreation services (News, Jan. 20)

Sooke is an amazing place, mainly because of the recreational opportunities it provides. It’s a community made up of a diverse and involved population.

Sooke children have soccer, baseball and sports fields. The district and the CRD boasts a multi-sports facility at SEAPARC with a rink, pool and fitness areas. We have walking and cycling trails, access to beaches and the water.

But, what we don’t or won’t possibly have in the future is a Par 3 golf course.

Sooke once had two golf courses and now with the potential of the CRD buying the old DeMamiel golf course and turning it into yet more sports fields, we will have no where in Sooke to play golf.

I have nothing against kids and sports but there is another segment of the population that always seems to be forgotten – retirees.

There was tremendous uproar when the old Broomhill golf course was sold and it has now become one park and a large vacant lot which no developer has developed.

If Sooke is trying to get people to retire here, then it should ensure that there is something for them to do.

Many people love to golf in Sooke. It’s good for the heart and the mind.

If everything goes as planned golfers will have to go to Metchosin or Juan de Fuca to play a few rounds. If a retiree is looking at places to settle, they would be looking for recreational opportunities and they wouldn’t find golf in Sooke as one of them.

Younger families will come here regardless because of the affordability of homes.

A golf course is not a money maker, but neither are sports fields. What do you want our community to be? Give this some thought, if you vote on the referendum.

Pirjo Raits

Sooke