Nothing wrong with photo of dead deer

Dear editor,

This is in reply to the complaint about the deer picture, in Ralph Shaw’s column, on Nov 19.

It’s unfortunate that many of us are so sensitive these days. In this case it presents as intolerance to the lifestyles of others in our community when they don’t mesh with our own private ideologies. For many of us preparing game or livestock for use as food is something we have done at some point in our lives.

I clearly remember my first experience with seeing a deer, close up, that had been shot for food. I was around eight years old. I was not frightened at all, I was excited, as were the adults around me, and I wanted to help with the work being done. I was learning from the example being set by my family.

An important lesson I have learned over the years is to be open to unfamiliar ideas and practices. That’s not so easy as it requires us to leave our comfort zone. When I was in high school and college it was considered normal and constructive to be challenged by things that made me uncomfortable. It’s a necessary process if one wants to learn and grow as an individual.

I think that our culture generally lacks respect for the experiences of our elders and Ralph is one of the few who freely offers that up every week for anyone who will read his columns. Getting old is a real dichotomy in that we gain a very broad perspective as we age to three or four generations and beyond but we have ever less time to tell younger people about what we have learned over our many years. In short: Our culture has a very brief window of opportunity to learn from its elders.

Let’s not set the PC police on everything that crowds our comfort zone a little. There is much to be learned from much of that stuff you think you want to be sheltered from.

Noel Chaney

Courtenay

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Glacier View residents take a ride on the river

Ground Search and Rescue guides floaters on Puntledge

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Comox Valley RCMP looking for suspicious man in Courtenay

Man was frantically waving at vehicles

Comox Valley golfers prepare for another 55+ Games

Competition, camaraderie name of the game

Glacier View residents take a ride on the river

Ground Search and Rescue guides floaters on Puntledge

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

Thousands to attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

These are the highest-paid actresses of 2018

In its list released this week Forbes said all 10 earned a total of $186 million before tax

VIDEO: Fires break out in scrap piles at mill on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo firefighters got blazes under control in early morning hours Saturday at Harmac Pacific

Two hurt in car wreck on old Island Highway

Honda and Volkswagen crash at 10 p.m. Friday at highway intersection in Nanaimo

Authorities mull evacuation order for Zeballos

Smoke billowed from the steep hillsides of Zeballos on Friday evening, as… Continue reading

Most Read