LETTER – Reader suggests it’s time Black Press move on from Tom Fletcher

Dear editor,

Tom Fletcher’s latest column (School officials join fact-challenged climate strike, Sept. 24), which conflated the “post-fact” world with concern for climate change, put me over the edge. Many readers have complained, so why is he still here? Does Black Press enjoy the reader reaction to his toxic, misleading rants?

One of the principal reasons society has not come together to deal with the challenge posed by climate change is the doubt that has been sown by commentators such as Mr. Fletcher.

The fact that your paper also gives space to a column by David Suzuki does not compensate for the muddying of the waters of scientific consensus that these “alternate” viewpoints create.

And climate change denialism is only one facet of his take on the world. Fletcher’s angry and mean-spirited bombast takes up precious space in our community newspaper, space that could be used for ideas that are more helpful and more reflective of reality.

If he needs a job, please assign him a task that does not include editorializing. I’ve noticed that he knows how to report on facts outside of his editorial column.

John Gower,

Courtenay

Just Posted

City, Courtenay Legion collaborate on special tulip project

1,000+ tulip bulbs planted in advance of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands

Cumberland wastewater procurement process should come in 2020

Construction on the first phase of the lagoon would likely begin in 2021

Elizabeth May juggles Island tour to make stop in Comox

Green leader takes exception to latest tactics from the NDP over minority government question

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to campaign in Port Alberni

Singh joins Courtenay-Alberni candidate for rally to kick off final weekend before election

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

Town of Comox, RCMP complete investigations into allegations of staff misconduct

The Town of Comox, as well as the RCMP, have concluded their… Continue reading

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Most Read