True common sense

Every election in the past several years has seen a clear divide in the letters to the editor by Valley citizens.

Dear editor,

Every election in the past several years has seen a clear divide in the letters to the editor by Valley citizens.

One side promotes the ‘what’s in it for me?’ mentality — ‘how my finances will improve with this candidate or that.’

The other side of the debate asks, ‘How can we, as residents this beautiful valley make it more livable for all, now and into the future?’

The first group appears to be most concerned with themselves, right now.

This shows itself in the often-scathing letters and name-calling towards those people who are concerned with environmental impact in the future, and providing housing now for those who have none.

The second group often appears idealistic, having a vision of a community where all are fed, housed, and a clean and healthy environment is left for future generations.

To me, it is not common sense to ignore the social and environmental problems of today and hope they will disappear. They won’t.

To deal with them now will actually save money in the long term and, at the same time, provide a better future for all. That is true common sense.

Kay Kennedy,


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two new food programs coming online for Cumberland residents

The goal is to provide support for individuals and families in the village facing food insecurity.

Courtenay Hero Wall gives thanks to frontline workers

People wanting to thank frontline workers in the Comox Valley can add… Continue reading

Comox Valley Transition Society available for women who need help throughout pandemic

“We anticipate more women than usual will access our resources, but we do have plans in place.”

Clothing store in Courtenay closes doors after 23 years

Trousers owner Shelley Greenup says the time was right to say goodbye

From inside the ER: B.C. doctor tells it like it is from the frontlines of COVID-19

‘Stay home. It’s working,’ says ER doctor in a Q&A discussion, ‘And please don’t worry.’

Comox Valley grocers going extra mile during coronavirus

We have had numerous requests to post a fluid article directing consumers… Continue reading

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Trudeau commits $100M to help food banks amid COVID-19 crisis

Funds will help ‘urgent food needs’ for Canadians awaiting federal emergency benefits to kick in

Couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas: Cowichan by-law

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

How well can cell phones carry COVID-19? Disinfecting may be wise

‘You want to keep it as clean as you would normally your hands’

3M pushes back on Trump administration call to stop sending N95 masks to Canada

3M says it has already been turning out as many of the N95 masks as possible

COVID-19: Vancouver Islander celebrates 90th birthday with Model T ride as neighbours line streets

WATCH: Pandemic ruined plans for a party, so Francesca Dawe’s friends got creative

B.C. health care workers gain access to virtual health care options

During COVID-19 many clinics have closed, leaving health care workers with nowhere to turn

Most Read