Vernon, it is time for a real discussion.
Vernon has many personal interest groups and without them, many things would not happen. However, not all things are in the interests of most people.
I am known for speaking my mind and it’s about time more people in Vernon did the same. I have been around Vernon since the mid 1970s, and have seen many changes. Some good, some…well.
I would like to open discussion on the long-term management plans of Vernon.
What does Vernon need the most to secure our future?
Do we need more running tracks, walking paths, cycle paths and places that make us feel good or do we need employment for the people who already live here?
Do we need more industry to support our local tax base and help our kids, instead of having them look to the oil patch for a career future?
I once heard a really funny story about Vernon being a travel destination for visitors. Yes, really I did.
Unless these travellers are going to stay in a motel/hotel with their kids and their dog, where are they going to stay?
I can’t think of too many easily accessible campgrounds near Vernon for the traveller who wants to stop and enjoy our beautiful city for a night or two when pulling their trailer down Highway 97.
While I mention Highway 97, does anyone think it might be a good idea to be able to get back into Vernon from Highway 97 after they pass 48th Avenue travelling north?
Oh, but of course the tourist knows they can turn at Squires Pub and come back into town via Pleasant Valley Road. Better still, how about they keep doing U turns on the overpass. Yes, I see it happen on a regular basis.
I’m not saying our special interest groups are wrong for their needs. But really, what direction should we be telling our mayor and our council to spend our money? After all, we make the decisions and they are working in our best interests, aren’t they?