Letters: Disturbing trend

Omissions and busy schedules no excuse for illegal activity

Dale Arden’s feature letter in the Sept. 17 Sooke News Mirror was quite illuminating.

His cry that, “I have been too busy working to study my zoning, and you can imagine my surprise when I found…….”  highlights a notable trend in our world, namely a blatant disregard by many corporations, some business owners and even government for pesky laws, court decisions, official plans, established rules and regulations.

Like the logging company that seemed to be too busy cutting down trees to notice (imagine their surprise) that they had denuded the banks of a stream. Or the mining company that was too busy drilling for gold to study the legal allowable maximum level of their tailings pond.

I am thinking that this trend might hold some promise for us all. Imagine the possibilities:  “Sorry officer, but I was too busy driving to take note of the posted speed limit.”  Or “Golly, Mr. Building Inspector, I have been too busy building this addition onto my house to study the building codes.”

We might be on to something here.

J. PhillipsOtter Point

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