When I read the September 19th edition of the Star I was shocked by the editorials from Bob Munro and Bruce Fairley; as well as to the poll – of which I will address first.
I hope you learned the first lesson in democracy: it only works if you vote. What an even greater disappointment to those who did take the time to vote and were truly disappointed.
As staunch supporters of the democratic process, as Bob Munro and Bruce Fairley would have us believe they are, there is sure a lot of whining going on with the losers of past elections. Grow up. There is a very famous song by one Bob Dylan “the times they are a changing.”
As a matter of fact the times have changed; we no longer live in a resource based town: we live in a tourism based town. There was a large percentage of the population that recognized this when we voted in the current council and Mayor, who had a vision – a Community Plan, to transition us from a lumber town into an adventure tourism town, which has since been passed into law.
The Official Community Plan is our economic engine, and the Council should be applauded for the works they have done to fulfil that promise including the B2B – even if you disagree. For that is the purpose of any government – to make laws.
This council did that for us. This is the purpose of democracy. The role of the sovereign individual in a democratic society is to uphold those laws – that is a just society, and only when the individual lives by those laws is he or she truly free.
That is not to say that there are no avenues of descent, after all we can protest, we can write letters of petition to instil the values of the electorate with the will of the sovereign individual, and we can even vote in representatives.
But no one can act outside the basic laws of democracy and the laws that the government mandates for if ANYONE acts outside those or thinks in some way that he or she is above the law then the system itself will claps into anarchy. I never voted for a watch dog group of witch hunting vigilantes to measure the steps MY government is taking. Maybe your energies could be spent more wisely watching the Federal Government passing omnibus bills trying to criminalize abortion – then you would really be doing us a favour.
C. Scott Ryan