Fish & Game article was one-sided

Both sides have members that spend hundreds of volunteer hours working tirelessly for the good of the club.

Dear editor,

Re: June 2 Fish & Game article by Scott Stanfield (Internal strife at Fish & Game).

The written word is a powerful thing. Many people see what is written as  fact. I feel a newspaper should remain neutral, present both sides of a dispute and determine if a quote is true or not before printing it. I feel anything less would be unprofessional.

Yes our club is divided by membership that wants to take it in different directions. Both sides have members that spend hundreds of volunteer hours working tirelessly for the good of the club.

There is no personal gain here. Each group strongly feels their direction is best for the club. This is why we have elections. I have a lot of gratitude and respect for the thankless hard work done by honourable members on both sides.

Unfortunately there are a few, and I’m sure they exist in any large organization, who choose to ignore democratic process and use any means, fair and foul, to disrupt and discredit the efforts of other members. This hurts the whole club. The next Courtenay Fish & Game club elections are slated for December 2016. Voice your opinions with your vote. Accept the results.

Rai Pussinen

Courtenay

Editor’s note: Scott Stanfield made every effort to present both sides of the debate. The president did not respond to multiple interview requests, and the vice-president declined comment.

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