Letters to the Editor: June 17

To the thieves; Take in, take home; The Public Sector


To whoever stole the money and ID cards from a car on Saturday, June 14, on Wattsville Road. I hope you are very pleased with your actions. Thanks to you my four great-grandchildren and their parents will be going hungry for two weeks.

I hope you read this and feel very proud of yourselves.

Barb Holmberg/Cranbrook

Take in, take home

The other day I heard on the radio that the Regional District was thinking of buying a trash container for the partyers out at Lake Koocanusa. What a joke that is!  Are they going to put the used toilet paper in them?  What about the chopping down of the live trees? Are you going to go around to every spot and leave a trash container there in the hopes that they might use it?  Who is going to enforce it when they leave?  The next thing that will happen is outhouses will be built.  On and on it goes.

In my opinion what is needed is policing and taking down of license plate numbers.  Large fines could be issued to those destroying our Crown Land.  The land is supposed to be for us all to enjoy and be respected by all. We have camped the Koocanusa Lake area for many years, but have stopped because of the total disrespect of the lake.

As the saying goes, “what you take in, you take home”.

The cost of $50,000 for a trash container could be put towards policing the areas.  It would go a long way in stopping some of the destruction.  It is such a beautiful lake to spend time at, swimming, fishing and camping.  I sure hope someone can get a handle on these problems.

B. L. Filip/Kimberley

Public sector

First off, I would like to thank those teachers who have responded to my initial letter to the editor.

There has been some question as to where I got my figures from, but in my letter I clearly state that they came from Stats Canada. Now, most of us would consider this quite a credible source, but if you don’t accept this, then you can go to them yourselves.

Let me be clear, my issue is not with individual teachers as I know many personally and appreciate the tremendous job they do with our kids. My letter clearly is directed at the BCTF.

In my experience, they are undoubtedly the most radical, reactionary union I have ever come in contact with.

It is obvious that they will fight this government at all cost, no matter what the issue. It wouldn’t matter what changes the government proposed, they would oppose it because they in effect are the official opposition.

The teacher’s situation is systemic of the whole public sector gravy train that has really become out of line over the last decade or so.

The private sector has gone through tremendous upheaval and change over the last 20 or so years, that has resulted in wages and benefits, particularly benefits, being badly eroded.

Let’s take pensions as an example. Employer sponsored plans are fast disappearing and will probably completely disappear over the next decade. What about the public sector? Almost without exception, every public sector employee still have those “gold plated plans.” Pensions are only a small example of the disparity that now exists between these two sectors.

Why have these changes not occurred in the public sector as they have in the private sector? In my opinion, it is because we have never had a government(s) that has had the courage to be as ruthless as in the private sector.

What we have created now is a new class system in our society: the privileged public sector class and the rest of us in the private sector class.

If this situation doesn’t change, I feel the BCTF and other public sector unions will have to find a new political party to run/partner with, as the one they are now part of has a fundamental principle of creating a more equable society!

I have received an amazing amount of positive comments regarding my initial letter and would like to thank the Townsman for providing us with a great forum.

Neil Matheson/Cranbrook