Great city

I read with sadness the letter of Ms. McCurdy.

She expresses disgust at the deterioration of Vernon.

I hope that a different view might help. I see Vernon, my home for almost 43 years, as a beautiful community in a beautiful valley.

The city has grown successfully throughout that time and has become a place that can accept diversity and embrace differences.

The people of Vernon are with a few relatively notable exceptions, safe and secure as they go about their lives.

It’s true that there are some among us who face struggles and those problems are not easily solved.

It is, however, a very few when contrasted to the many, and I feel a keen sense of optimism as to where we are going.

William Mastop