Why do we vote?

Why do we vote?

LETTER: Government’s lack of interest in what the people want leads to a question of why we bother to vote

Well, the Stickle Road controversy has been going on in the media for a long time, over two years now. I have been quite passionate about it, and although quiet lately, have not taken my eye off of the ball. I can’t think of a clearer example of a ministry and government trying to ‘steer’ the people they work for, in the direction that the people don’t want, demonstrating a blatant disregard for the peoples’ intelligence, desires and opinions of an issue. The government would have been better off just introducing ‘what they are going to do’ and that’s that. I think though that because the majority of the public have wanted a traffic light system at the Stickle Road intersection for so long, (at least 30 years), that they wouldn’t dare just dump their idea on the people at large.

I have saved pretty much every article and letter to the editor from the readers out there on this issue, attended all open houses put on by the Ministry Of Transportation and Infrastructure on this issue as well, and I can tell you that, the material available that contains public feedback and that of the media writers, shows no less than approximately 85 – 90 per cent in favor of the traffic light option. I have witnessed local politicians come out swinging against the MOTI’s plans, trying to defend their voters, only to give up after meeting with officials in higher circles. I have read about and seen through the social media posts of higher officials, a variety of opinions that start out supporting what the public wants, only to be swayed behind the scenes and then that position changes publicly for all to see. There is a quiet bully behind all of this, but who is it? We get a new provincial government in, and they are almost silent on the issue until pushed a little, and then the Transportation Minister, Claire Trevena, focuses on the environmental aspect of it in her response, (the most recent attempt by opposition to stop the process, thus the easiest to respond to – Kudos to Keli Westgate of the Greens for trying to make a difference), not mentioning anything about the public’s overall and overwhelming opposition to the plan throughout the entire process. It was an almost generic response that sidesteps the actual issue of how the public have been treated throughout this whole ordeal. And let’s be overly cynical for a moment in the name of truth shall we? A ‘third-party’ report means nothing these days unless produced publicly. Has this report been put out to the public? Published in a paper? On the TV news? I haven’t seen it. Why would it not be made readily visible in the media to go along with the rest of this mess? I’ll bet the report, if it is out there, doesn’t mention how the MOTI hasn’t fixed their other blunder by Vernon Toyota. It’s one thing to say the report is out there Claire, but another to produce it.

The ministry’s reasons for their options all through this have not added up in the majority opinion of the public respondents. Does it make sense to keep traffic going 90 km/h through fog on an overpass that is warping, twisting and sinking? Does it make sense to keep traffic rushing into a congested city street from a highway speed? It’s like flushing a toilet full of crap into a garden hose, it’s absurd! The MOTI wants to keep the speed up saying it will minimize crashes. That’s one opinion. I would challenge that by adding observations of distracted drivers taking every opportunity they can to use their phones. When coming into a well-lit city outskirt, the first traffic light will slow them down and have them paying more attention. There are less injuries realized at 60 vs 90 km/h. The city’s main arteries are congested and the stretch of Highway 97, (32nd St.) in front of the Prestige Inn and Vernon Square Mall is regularly backed up to Vernon Toyota with southbound traffic. A light at Stickle might help break that up, and with future expansion likely in that end of town, how can that not make sense? Really, who are they kidding? But hey, that’s typical of our politics isn’t it folks? They tell us what they want us to hear and believe when they are running in an election…but then what happens? Bingo! Here we are (have you seen the preload work there?) The MOTI claimed it was putting in a single lane road. Really? It needs to be that wide? )

There have been some absolutely amazing letters from people out there as well as stories covered in all media by writers and reporters (and even several of those have swung in favor of the people’s wishes). So….why do we vote?

Rory Ian White

Vernon

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Members of Horsey Ladies Okanagan conduct their annual raffle and fundraiser, which was a bit different in 2020 due to COVID-19. However, the ladies still raised more than $5,700 for Old Friends Canada Society. (Contributed)
Horsey Ladies collect cash for Lake Country group

Old Friends Canada Society earns more than $5,700 from annual Horsey Ladies Okanagan event

The Vernon swimming pool is closed Friday. (morning star file photo)
Swim, skate and play fees rise 5% in Vernon

Weekend hours also reduced as rec centre struggles with fewer people and fewer funds

The team of horses is ready to pull riders for Caravan Farm Theatre’s sold-out Winter Sleigh-Ride Show of the Gift from Dec. 8-Jan.2. The Spallumcheen theatre company wants the province to include live theatre on its list of businesses allowed to operate during COVID-19. (File photo)
Spallumcheen theatre group plans for socially safe winter show to go on

Caravan Farm Theatre asks province to include live theatre on lists of businesses allowed to operate

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
104 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

IH is reporting the new numbers since Friday, Nov. 20

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton (left) and Regional District North Okanagan Electoral Area D Rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn (right) congratulate members of the Lumby and District Fire Department for receiving gold pin awards in response to a rollover accident in July 2020. (RDNO Photo)
Lumby firefighters golden in duty

Company presents firefighters with gold pin for heroic efforts following rollover crash

The Animal Food Bank is asking for donations as the pandemic continues and the holidays approach. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Okanagan Animal Food Bank in need of donations as pandemic continues

The Animal Food Bank provides food for any domestic pet in need

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers at the project site in Kitimat. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared last Thursday (Nov. 19). (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
Forty-one positive COVID-19 cases associated with the LNG Canada site outbreak in Kitimat

Thirty-four of the 41 cases remain active, according to Northern Health

A concept rendering of the proposed Costco at the corner of Baron, Leckie and Springfield roads. (WSP Global)
Contentious Kelowna Costco relocation moved to public hearing

Costco looking to move less than a kilometre away to build a larger store with more parking, gas bar

7-year-old Mackenzie Hodge from Penticton sent a hand-written letter to premiere John Horgan asking if she’d be able to see her elf, Ralph under the new coronavirus restrictions. (John Horgan / Twitter)
Elf on the shelf an acceptable house guest B.C. premier tells Okanagan girl

A 7-year-old from Penticton penned a letter asking if she’d be allowed to see her elf this year

Workers arrive at the Lynn Valley Care Centre seniors home, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It was the site of Canada’s first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rapid tests ‘not a panacea’ for care homes, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. lacks capacity for daily tests of thousands of workers

(Delta Police Department photo)
Cannabis edibles found in Halloween bag lead B.C. police to illegal lab

Delta police arrested a man and a woman while executing a warrant at a residential property Nov. 20

Penticton Search and Rescue along with the Penticton Fire Department located and airlifted an injured 21-year-old female hiker Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (Mike Biden photo)
Penticton search and rescue airlift injured hiker off mountain

There has been an unprecedented amount of calls for search and rescue this year

Most Read