Letters to the Editor – Oct. 28

Letter-writer share opinions on election, roundabout, traffic safety

Voting positive instead of negative

If first-past-the-post voting is to continue I suggest we include another box on the ballot where a vote could be against a candidate. Deduct one vote from a candidate’s total to show disapproval of that party.

Of course it is nicer to think positive but in this particular election the main thrust was to defeat Harper’s conservatives. Harper is enjoying the benefit of vote splitting by three other parties.

It’s not necessarily staying in power too long but taking on the role of dictator that is most disgusting, not to mention policies which diminish respect for Canada.

Harper went down in defeat but it would be so much easier if we could’ve voted against him, but the huge effort to Heave Steve is diminished by voting for one of the others. The agenda seems to be led by the Greens and then the other parties joined the parade.

Let’s hope proportional representation becomes reality, where we can think positive, instead of negative.

Ralph Hull, Sooke

 

Show your love to roundabout workers

I’d like to put out a positive word for all the men and women who are working tirelessly in the sun, rain, darkness and dirt to complete the Sooke roundabout.

It may appear that this massive project (on a Sooke scale) will never ever be completed and the finished project may still seem to be years away. Have any of you had the opportunity to watch a team of people build a skyscraper?

It just seems like there is a giant ugly hole in the earth where a whole bunch of people are mucking around in the mud. Months, sometimes years, go by and the people are still in this giant hole. Once completed there will be a beautiful 80-storey skyscraper.

Sooke may be a bit of a mess right now, but all the people who are mucking around in the mud will put together a beautiful Sooke centre where people can gather and our children will feel safe.

I encourage you all to take a few moments of your day and watch what they are doing and perhaps pay forward a word of encouragement and a huge “thank you.” They are working hard for you, me, and all of Sooke and the South Island.

A huge thank you to all of you who are working tirelessly to improve the town that I want to live in. You are very appreciated and even when things look grim and sometimes demoralizing, just keep moving forward. We love you!

Dana Bernard, Sooke

 

Strategic voting not necessary in our riding

I  hope it’s  accepted now – belatedly – that strategic voting was simply unnecessary in our riding, to help vote in a change of government.

LeadNow must have based its “Conservative swing” riding designation upon the very close NDP/Conservative race here in 2011. But much has changed in four years.

When Dogwood Initiative polled our riding in May, it showed the Conservatives trailing far behind. Two subsequent polls indicated that situation to be stable and when votes were cast on Oct. 19, our Conservative candidate placed fourth.

There were two strategic voting streams blowing through here: the recommendation of LeadNow to vote NDP and the decision of other voters, in the last few days, to join the Liberal sweep.

But if everyone had just voted for their first choice “from the heart,” we would still have had a non-Conservative win.  It’s also quite likely that Randall Garrison would still have won – less impressively in terms of numbers, but more positively in terms of community relations. And Green candidate Frances Litman would have had many more votes.

I hope the Trudeau government will make good on its promise of electoral reform, so that citizens will never again have to run the gauntlet of vote-splitting or throwaway vote accusations and guilt. And I hope that the next federal election will be a much pleasant and more community-building experience for all.

Kara Middleton, Sooke

 

‘Otter Point 500’ claims another victim

I wasn’t surprised last Wednesday to see yet another car meets big tree incident along what I call “The Otter Point 500.”

Anybody who drives Otter Point Road regularly witnesses reckless speeding, tailgating, and over-the-centre-line gambits by both passenger and commercial vehicles.

Given that road’s blind curves, hilly terrain, wandering deer, and hidden driveways, one would think a smart person would learn some extra caution. Evidently not in too many cases.

With a new member being added to our local RCMP detachment, one can only hope that the “500” will get patrolled more regularly?

Andy Neimers, Sooke

 

RCMP and council handled protest well

Re: Roundabout is no place for protesting (Our View, Oct. 21)

I actually think the protest was handled well by district council and RCMP. They gave the man some respect, town folks had great discussions about homelessness and voting, and the man protesting acted in a polite and helpful manner.

Laurel Lee Mayo, Sooke

 

No difference between protester, politicians

Re: Roundabout is no place for protesting (Our View, Oct. 21)

When did Sooke district council pass a bylaw removing us as a democratic society? Will the editor or mayor explain the difference between a group urging us to vote and a candidate asking us to vote for them?

Would the Lionesses standing on the roundabout with a duck render the same opinion?

Mieshkia Dash, Sooke

 

A new Canadian political identity

It felt like the spirit of Christmas arrived two months early in Sooke. There was a palpable sense of lightness and joy wherever I went in Sooke to do my errands on Oct. 20.

With no Liberals elected on the Island, the fact that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were out was cause for jubilation.

Much has been made of the issue of security risks to Canada. Harper’s direct personal attacks on Russian’s President Putin created a new low. The similarity between the two leaders, Putin and Harper’s oppressive directorship  is ironic.

Harper’s demonstrated lack of respect for U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted again his own behavior contributes its own kind of security risk.  Ego drowned his common sense.

The Liberal honeymoon will end as the hard work begins. It seems only right the sun is shining today as we enjoy our new Canadian political identity.

Carmen Neumann, Sooke