EDITORIAL: Let the politicians hear your views

Everyone complains. But what about putting their money where their mouth is.

Sooke, like any other town in B.C., Canada and the world is home to a lot of strong opinions. And that’s fine. If we wouldn’t have opinion, we’d be a faceless society of drones.

Trouble in Sooke is, much of that opinion is targeted towards council and the District of Sooke. And in fairness, rightfully so. The combined frustration in regards to woeful infrastructure, poor service and broken promises will need to eventually spill out somewhere, which is usually all over social media.

That’s fine, only, it’s in the wrong place.

Last week, council held a public comment session just before it switched over to its closed-doors portion of the meeting. No one showed up. The mayor held a town meeting last fall too, but only 20 or 30 people showed up. In a growing municipality of 13,000, it just doesn’t add up. Flip over to social media caverns such as Sooke Social and you’ll see every commentary of varying intelligence and severity spilling haphazardly from people’s fingers.

No doubt in mind, debate is great. Good or bad, it shows all sides of the story, albeit in form of a jumbled mess. But think about it. Wouldn’t it be better if we all did it face to face? If you’re frustrated with your road flooding, health-care services from the 1870s, or you’re disgruntled with council’s decisions, wouldn’t it be better to tell it to them directly? It’s what public hearings and town meetings are for.

“Put your money where your mouth is,” so they say, just as we, the citizens, tell our government officials, but maybe we should be telling ourselves that too. Moaning on Facebook and spitting at random strangers on the Internet won’t build a new road, improve transit or get another doctor here.

Facing our elected officials in person can. They have a responsibility to us, the public, to listen and do what is neccessary for the community. In turn, we have a responsibility to ourselves to ensure our voice is heard in the right forum to the right people, people who can actually make a difference, regardless how small.

A no-show council meeting isn’t the end of the world, but the moment it becomes the norm, that’s when we forfeit our right to complain about what the powers that be are and aren’t doing.

Just Posted

Work begins on new Sooke library

VIRL hopes to have ‘shovels in the ground’ this spring

UPDATED: Emergency crews rescue pregnant woman from Mount Finlayson

Emergency crews from Langford and Metchosin responding

EMCS senior boys basketball team loses to end season

Wolverines lose 71-51 against Stelly’s Secondary

Victoria police pay special attention to domestic violence

Workshop for officers and others shows how domestic abuse trauma impacts for a long time

A work of art for real estate golden anniversary

Three generations of Zieglers and 50 years of real estate

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Wounded Warrior Run stops in Port McNeill

For Jacqueline Zweng, the Wounded Warrior Run is a personal matter.

Interest in Canadian Armed Forces remains high

Canada seeks about 5,000 recruits each year for its regular forces of about 68,000

Rules reviewed to keep drug money out of B.C. real estate

Investigator looking at loans as well as casinos, David Eby says

Tahsis mayor Jude Schooner succumbs to sudden heart attack

Flags are flying at half mast in the Village of Tahsis after… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. deer caught obeying traffic signs

A herd of deer in Fernie, B.C. is getting attention online after stopping for a stop sign

Most Read