Letter writer misses mark grading council

Dear editor,

It was with much amusement that I read through last week’s letter regarding Comox council’s failing grade by a frequent and verbose letter writer to The Comox Valley Record’s opinion pages.

I suppose perspective is relative, but as a Comox resident I have found the council and mayor’s office have achieved solid marks over the past term and I believe that instead of trying to find fault with decisions that don’t necessarily meet our own personal metrics we try and look at the broader picture.

The Town of Comox, within the larger Comox Valley, is a study in contrasts, with viewpoints on a wide range of issues that span the ideological spectrum. What I find so disappointing is that the most vocal, harsh and inflexible critics tend to be from the NIMBY crowd, who invariably foist their opinions on the rest of the community with little thought or care as to contrasting viewpoints.

The lack of respect shown towards councils in both Comox and Courtenay is troublesome; these are members of our community who are working within the mandates set before them. While it is well within our “rights” to hold our elected officials accountable, in my opinion it goes beyond the boundaries of good taste to publicly try and shame people because they do not hold the same linear view of what the NIMBY crowd wants.

We all live in this wonderful area we call the Comox Valley. Let’s strive to honour the past, embrace change that benefits ALL generations and support one another, while building an inclusive community that respects all divergent points of views.

Derek Costantino

Comox

 

Just Posted

Sarah Rebitt named the Vanier recipient of the Governor General’s Award

Sarah Rebitt was named the recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award… Continue reading

Stolen kayak tops Comox Valley RCMP report

Comox Valley RCMP report week of Sept. 18-2

Dead motorcyclist was member of Facebook group that raced on Mount Washington road

Some group members record their rides and post times to page

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dead following crash on Strathcona Parkway

A 29 year old man has died following a motorcycle crash on… Continue reading

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018… Continue reading

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

Most Read