My response to J. Bailey’s response letter dated March 6th “Perceiving Sooke” to A.J. Barber’s original letter dated Feb 27th “Sooke fine the way it is.”
I thought your letter was very interesting and a bit of irony twisted reply, if I may put it that way. When you said, “…saying Sooke is attractive…. are you kidding me? What part??”
Perhaps the only issue is you and A.J. Barber have are different tastes or views in what is attractive.
It seems your replied contents may be suggesting that the way the town is, it’s not good enough for you? People aren’t as friendly as they should be? People don’t know your name?
Let me tell you something. I was born and grew up in Nelson, B.C. Lots of people know all about Nelson, which I don’t need to tell you how amazing the town is or awesome people are etc. I then moved to Victoria as an adult. I moved to Otter Point last year.
What do I see about Sooke? I see a village center with more population than the City of Nelson. The two towns are very different. Sooke has a typical small town feel that is not predominantly defined by anything in particular, i.e. heritage buildings.
If I may remind you, you made the choice to move to Sooke, or maybe you were born in Sooke, then you have a choice to stay or not. However, change is inevitable, of course. Cell towers absolutely make it safer now for emergency calls, no doubt!
But one has to wonder… what is Sooke in a race for? To be the next Tofino? The next Langford? What? What’s wrong with Sooke the way it is? After all, we moved here because of the way it already is. Perhaps Sooke already actually has an identity that you might not be aware of?