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iN RESPONSE: Readers have their say

Following are emailed reader responses to stories or letters to the editor for the second week of June 2024. They have been edited slightly for readability. 

Got something you want to add? Send an email to editor Marshall Jones at mjones@infonews.ca.

BC pub shuttered after customers caught playing pool

Just another unnecessary job in BC. Playing pool in a bar has been around for ages and really is not a crime. Get out there and catch some real criminals. The NDP need to give their head a shake and try to find some brains. — Renee Cowan

Are there not bigger things in this world to deal with? This is totally harmless and get those useless "inspectors" out on the street to deal with real life problems in a positive way. This is shameful and I hope everyone goes out and supports this pub after reading this crap. — Marion Woodward

It's even more stupid. They are allowed to play pool in the pub, but they have an area that's "food primary" and "liquor primary" and the sole problem is because this happened in the "food primary area." — Kairon Lalonde

'Exceptional case': No jail for Shuswap man who raped 14-year-old girl

Could he not have been fit with an ankle bracelet, for his safety and also to perhaps prevent another episode? Having experienced rape and spoken to others, to varying degrees, it is lifetime harm perpetrated on innocent victims. I was 13. He was a teacher. My father did not want the publicity. I always thought that decision was more for him, than for me. — Janice

I find this extremely upsetting. Sex offenders can almost never be "fixed", especially if they have compounded mental heal issues. This young man is clearly a danger and should be locked away or he will continue to devastate children's lives. — Samantha Joe

Kamloops looking for interested contractors for proposed $120M performing arts centre

I wonder in what world city council is living in right now? The people of Kamloops are carrying enough burdens without being saddled with the cost of a multi-million dollar arts centre. — Linda Wilson

When the prime tenants, the Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre, start having financial problems as a result of being in direct competition with the Facility Operation Society and Facility Management for sponsorships, program advertising, rental and ancillary services revenues, audience share, box office and service charges as well as annual city and provincial operating subsidies, please remember these words: "I told you so." — Glen Cairns

'Exceptional case': No jail for Shuswap man who raped 14-year-old girl

Hello Marshall,

The judge has my sympathy, if not my respect. I realize it is hard to commit to sentencing someone who appears to have no empathy but there are two sides to this: punishment and rehabilitation and the protection of society. The judge has just endangered society further by his lack of wisdom. This kind of crime and the offender himself calls for a special kind of treatment and or punishment. Is it really mental illness or lack of capacity that is the problem here or is the offender good at fooling other people? He needs to be protected from other offenders just as the people he preys upon need to be protected from him.

I was nearly killed and another time I was assaulted "in the line of duty" and the justice system did nothing for me. I got checked out by health-care workers but they aren't part of the justice system and should be. In my case, the fact I needed care should have expedited my incident into a public warning announcement and a publication of the stolen car or individuals involved. From where I stand, every time I have needed the assistance of police, they have not done their jobs at all.

Sincerely,
Patrick Longworth

iN VIDEO: Vernon man dances instead of walking to bring joy to others

Saw him yesterday and it totally made me day! — Michelle Dietrich

Steady decline in youth hockey participation in Canada raises concerns about the future of the sport

Reader responses to managing editor Marshall Jones' (and a fan of the other Alberta NHL team) query in the June 12 newsletter: I'd sure like to hear your thoughts. Does anyone care about hockey anymore? Am I making too much of this? How much of a factor is cost? Will the Oilers win a single game in the final? Ha ha.

Yes we care! But it's exactly what the article points out. Not enough ice and the cost is so prohibitive. My three youngest grandchildren play. They are all goalies. Sticks run around $300.00. Never mind the rest of it. I'm lucky my daughter streams the games on FaceTime so I can watch in Florida and we almost never miss a game. We are putting in a new facility but there is not a rink in the planning. — Bonnie Derry, CEO Infotel Multimedia

If you are referring to the Canucks as your rival to the one being in the Stanley Cup, they certainly do not suck. This just tells me you are an one series fan. We had the best hockey over the regular season that we’ve had in many a year. I would have that any day over a cup series. It is simply icing on the cake. Bandwagon jumpers are not fans. — Serious senior hockey fan, Sheila Loranger

40% of Interior residents 'seriously' thinking about leaving BC: poll

I don’t believe the statistics captioned but if it is true it should free up available housing which should drive down prices. A win win in my books. — Lee Stowell

Cost of living may be a bit less in other provinces but wages are significantly lower as well. Try paying your accumulated bills in lower wage provinces. It was on the news a week or so ago that rental housing is rising in cost as well. BC is my home for 67 years and no way I would return to the insane politics of Alberta. — Sheila Loranger

THOMPSON: Americans won't let Trump win the election

Who really cares about your opinion about Trump we have enough our own problems with our incompetent government. — John Matejicka

Kamloops mayor gets a pay cut

Why is there not a faster way to end a problem like this which paralyzes an entire city? — Robert Bishop


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