Letters to the editor – March 9

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community

Assessor’s dream becomes a nightmare

Out of the blue, our property assessment shot up by 16 per cent, which will cost over $800 in increased taxes. There are several fundamental wrongs here:

The property next door sold for less than the assessed value, so we should have little or no increase.

Sixteen per cent is a massive increase and must be considered rare.

The 16 per cent amounts to $156,000 – no sane real estate person can justify an increase of this magnitude to the probable sale price.

This result, if successful, will mean that we will pay excessive taxes for years before sales prices catch up to stated assessed values. Assessed values are supposed to be real estate values.

I intend to acquaint our political masters that they should reign in these eager-beaver. Angry taxpayers have long memories.

If you find yourself in this boat, don’t be afraid to complain.

George Miller, Shirley

 

Reay lauded for library efforts

Re: Land bought for new library (News, March 2)

I would like to express my gratitude to Sooke Coun. Kerrie Reay for her tenacious pursuit of a new library for the residents of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca electoral area.

Over the years Reay has rarely missed the quarterly Vancouver Island Regional Library meetings in Nanaimo and has been a tiger in keeping this project a top priority.

Mayor Maja Tait, council members and district staff are all to be congratulated for this initiative and, again, Kerrie Reay for her tremendous leadership for making it happen.

Mike Hicks, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director

 

Canada’s needs must come first

Why is Canada bringing people here when we can’t even look after our own?

I live on a disability pension. I have lived in my room for four years because I can’t find the money to buy a scooter or a wheelchair.

The federal government says there is no money for me, but plenty for people from other lands.

We have so many people in Canada who need basic necessities and have lived here their entire lives.

I would have more if I went to jail.

If we really want to help these people, why don’t we get them a better government in that part of the world and put in someone who cares for them.

Canadian residents’ needs must come first.

Ashley Lyttle, Sooke

 

Signal right in roundabout, not left

Re: Roundabout rules ignored (Letters, March 2)

Roundabout rules certainly will be ignored if residents follow the advice given in that letter.

The correct roundabout rules are at the B.C. Transportation website www.th.gov.bc.ca/roundabouts.

Never use a left signal in a roundabout. Always use a right signal to exit. Simple.

Elaine Ellinger, Sooke

 

Idling away in ignorance

I just recently read that Saltspring Island has the largest amount of electric and hybrid vehicles per capita.

I have the feeling that Sooke probably has the most amount of noisy, smelly, fuel gobbling pickup trucks per capita. The thing I don’t get is, why do you people need these vehicles? The vast majority of you don’t seem to be using them for work.

So you like paying all that extra gas just for hauling around air?

It is bad enough to see a bunch of vehicles (mostly trucks) lined up and idling at the McDonalds drive-thru, but the ultimate was a Hummer sitting in the Village Foods parking lot with nobody in it, but idling!

We need mayor and council to enact an idling bylaw for Sooke to try and curb this, but what with all the talk of Timmie’s opening a drive-thru as well in Sooke, it will probably be ignored so as to not upset potential businesses who wish to operate in the Sooke area.

We also need a noise bylaw.

A couple of cities in the Okanagan just enacted noise bylaws because of the awful din presented by Harley Davidson bikers who think it is their right and privilege to wake up the neighborhood

Dave Spindell, Sooke