We need people who listen

We are lucky that our forefathers and mothers fought to get universal suffrage.

Dear editor,

We are lucky that our forefathers and mothers fought to get universal suffrage.

But we sometimes forget that our democracy is built on all of us educating ourselves about what is at stake. I know that some of us are too busy trying to survive and, thus, don’t have the energy to think about elections.

If we don’t value our democracy, we will indeed lose it.

I am hoping that those of us who live in Courtenay will see that we have been lucky to have Greg Phelps as mayor. He has always listened to the community groups.

Even the Occupy Comox Valley campers, who are making a statement on behalf of the 99 per cent of us, have found that Mayor Phelps has listened to them.

You may not agree that Occupy Comox Valley was necessary, but I hope that you can see that they have a right to make their statement. And I hope you can see that Greg Phelps is being a good representative when he listens to the people in the camp.

If you live in Courtenay, I hope you consider voting for Greg Phelps, Ronna-Rae Leonard, Doug Hillian, Norm Reynolds, Mark Middleton and Doug Kerr. We need people who will continue to listen to us.

Gwyn Frayne,

Courtenay