City is on the right track

Government is not out to get us, citizens shouldn't be so threatened by change

While I applaud anyone who takes the time to learn about what’s going on in our city, it’s unfortunate that some only do so because they think the government is out to get them.

The people working at city hall have gone above and beyond the call of duty to listen to us and find out how we want our community to grow.

They’ve asked parents and teachers why kids don’t feel safe walking to school and now Harwood Elementary has a great street I would love to live on – beautiful trees, wide sidewalks and slow traffic.

I don’t understand why people are so threatened by change. Cars can still drive down narrower streets; people can park where they’re supposed to, on their property. And now people can also feel safer walking and biking alongside cars on those streets.

These smarter street designs have been done in many other places with great success – these are the lively streets with lots of people around, which is good for business.

I do think it’s important to hear from the people and businesses affected by changes, and the city has done a great job listening.

The city didn’t pick areas randomly – they heard where people said they don’t feel safe and are focusing on making those streets better.

City staff have taken the time to research the best ways to balance the needs of cars, bikes and walkers.

I go to a doctor when I’m sick, so I’ll listen to a transportation planner who has worked hard to learn how to make our streets safer.

 

J. Smith, Vernon

 

 

Just Posted

Township open burning winds down

Spallumcheen reminds residents of regulation changes as open burning concludes April 30

Mission to host Easter dinner for homeless

“From the staff, volunteers and guests of the Upper Room Mission, we wish you all a Happy Easter.”

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Fire near Vernon airport “not a concern”

Vernon firefighters attended the scene and found a resident performing a controlled burn

Keep an eye on this up-and-coming Vernon director

15-year-old Bowen O’Brien celebrates filmmaking successes.

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Summerland student examines effects of sound

Science fair project will go to national competition in New Brunswick

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

B.C. women make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read