Smart meters will destroy our privacy

I may be a slow learner in life, but one lesson I did adhere to is the truth of the dictum that "evil triumphs when good men do nothing."

Dear editor,

With my work of the past 30 plus years taking me all over the world speaking on prophetic and Biblical issues, the place and preservation of Israel, and the impending global domination of Islam, you would think I could be forgiven for not embroiling myself in seemingly irrelevant local issues.

Not so.

I may be a slow learner in life, but one lesson I did adhere to is the truth of the dictum that “evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”

I am referring to the laborious subject of smart meters.

Get used to it. It will not stop with this edition of the local paper.

In my own Courtenay neighborhood, BC Hydro has demonstrated how easy it is to ignore its own declared promise online to knock on doors before installing.

In fact the opposite is true — they are told according to this installer expressly not to contact the home owner! The only people who escaped were the informed and aware souls who rightly padlocked

their meters or placed signs by them.

Fortunately I “caught red-handed” the contracted worker attempting to replace ours. Nice guy, who protected his own skin by pleading total ignorance re. the subject.

“Don’t blame me, guv,” he said, “I’m just following orders.”

Well, it appears the same source of those orders has, this past weekend, hired a contracted negotiator (not a Hydro employee) to take on the residents of Hornby Island who are armied together en bloc to oppose the wretched things.

You may think, feel, or ask, “surely this is much ado about nothing.”

Well, I wish it was — but God gave me a brain with which to think (sometimes I do!) and my study of the subject tells me that your privacy and mine is about to be destroyed.

We’ve lived in a world for years where individual and family privacy and security has been progressively endangered by the powers that be.

Well, for those who attended last week’s CVRD meeting, an expert gave us the reasons behind the ‘why’ and the ‘how.’ Your response to this subject will determine the ‘when.’

And — if this doesn’t turn your crank, think of all the foot-sore BC Hydro employees who will lose their jobs because of this ‘monster.’

Alan Turner,

Courtenay