Vernon has changed

We have been coming back to the beautiful City of Vernon to visit family, for the past 34 years. No matter what season, I have always enjoyed the walk around downtown, shopping in the various boutiques and stores.

Recently, I witnessed a change as I have the last few visits. The benches on main street have become a nice place for undesirable people to light up a crack pipe, or smoke the contents of a crumpled can. The guys and girl looked at me as if I was the outcast in their territory.

Another guy on a bike road right through the newly planted garden rather than use the street or sidewalk. Could this be, because the road has been narrowed and there is hardly room for the vehicles alone?

If I was a business owner that paid taxes, I certainly would hope things will change for the better.

Lori MacKenzie

Alberta