Check priorities

Resident wonders if there are other issues beyond Stickle Road

Letter writers to this paper – and indeed the editor as well – have devoted an incredible amount of energy and passion into lobbying for a stop light at Stickle Road.

I think it’s time to step back and take a long, hard look in the mirror and make sure we are spending all this energy on the most important thing in our community.

Alternatives have been proposed but nothing but a stop light will do, if you believe that the letter writers truly represent public opinion.

If you believe the coverage in this paper, this is one of the most important issues facing Vernon.  Time to get real, folks.

When the risks of global warming are becoming very clear, should we be making life easier for any motorist these days?

Are the difficulties of the homeless, the hungry, refugees from Syria or the challenges that our children will face in an environmentally degraded world not more important than a single stop light?

I’m not making excuses for any government agency here.

All I’m saying is that it’s much easier to get all hot under the collar about something like a stop light or the cost of water than it is to actually take personal action to reduce pollution or improve the lot of the downtrodden or to create new jobs.

So please folks, this is a good community.

Let’s make it great.

Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re working on the important things in life or the trivia.

Ritchie Leslie



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