The maritime museum could be a centerpiece
On December 10, 2010, the Times Colonist published my letter in support of the installation of the Maritime Museum of BC in the Steamship Terminal.
I thought at the time that I was a voice crying in the desert. Recent letters show me that there are now at least three or four of us crying there.
It is not rocket science to conclude that the Steamship Terminal building is the natural seat of the Maritime Museum. There is enough documentation and photos to show how to restore the terminal’s layout to its heyday when the steamboats entered the harbor.
Visitors could then enter the building through the ticket office in a ‘living history’ style setting before moving further afield to view the contents of the Maritime Museum itself.
If the powers that be are serious in respecting the “building heritage”, this would surely be the way,
Victoria might just take a look at Washington, DC and London’s approach to their museums. They learned a long time ago that bringing museums together in one community pays off in many ways.
Imagine the Maritime Museum, the Royal BC Museum and potentially the Greater Victoria Art Gallery (saved from the boondocks) along part of the harbor.
To be there at the center of tourist activity would surely be to the advantage and mutual benefit of each of them.
Give museum changes a chance, please
When will the gnashing of teeth and tearing of hair stop, as for the changes to the Royal BC Museum?
Yes, I understand that beloved exhibits are coming to an end and will only exist in the memories of squeakers and renders.
Change is difficult and even more so in times of stress. I also know that as a senior, change can be particularly unsettling.
However, it’s not as if a bunch of chimpanzees have been unleashed in the museum to wreck the third floor. The announcement of a change is undoubtedly the culmination of a professional process by people trained and hired to manage the museum.
My grandfather said there were three sides to every story. One is on their side, a second is on your side and finally there is the truth.
Take a last look at the third floor. To take a picture.
Then come back when the changes have been made and revel in the new exhibits. Create new memories for yourself.
Mark R. Fetterly
In defense of our Jack Knox
Re: “Well, Jack, maybe you’re not a complete idiot”, December 16 letter
Anyone who can write like Jack Knox is certainly not an idiot, but the person who made those comments about him just might be.
Rapid antigen testing can make gatherings safer
Last October, after a COVID outbreak at our grandchildren’s school, I purchased 25 rapid antigen tests, repackaged each kit, and shared them with my family members.
The tests were easy to use and diagnosed our daughter, son-in-law and grandchild with COVID days before a PCR test confirmed it.
We will use the tests again as needed during the holidays to make sure our family reunions are as safe as possible.
However, in British Columbia, freely accessible rapid tests are still denied to the public due to misinformation and over-reliance on a revolving door of inconsistent and confusing restrictions.
With COVID likely to stick around, it’s time to ask tough questions about leadership and how decisions are made that so profoundly affect our health and safety.
We must defend basic human rights
I am sure that the Chinese Communist Party is shaking in the very boots that it presses on the necks of its people because of the diplomatic boycotts.
Aren’t genocide, forced labor camps, and the killing of organ dissidents enough human rights violations to warrant a stronger stand by the rest of the world?
We remain virtually silent as the CCP commits atrocities and exports its totalitarian ideology to other parts of the world.
History is filled with examples of what can happen when apathy reigns.
If we cannot stand up for basic human rights, our way of life is doomed.
Lorenzo G. Oss-Cech
Horrible to slaughter a living being
As one writer suggested, we need to care more about our beautiful trees.
I will never forget: I think I was about seven years old and my parents decided to go with other families out of town where at the time you could cut your own Christmas tree.
I really didn’t understand the concept, but I loved going into the country and having a fun car ride, until we were in the forest plucking our tree.
Wait what? As my father cut down the tree we gathered, I was frozen in disbelief!
Needless to say, I cried to myself. I thought it was awful; we were slaughtering a living being.
I don’t remember much of what happened, but I do know that we then had an artificial tree afterwards!
I loved putting this fake tree together. Funny, to this little kid it seemed a lot more fun and no one died!
Greek proverb: “A society grows when old people plant trees which they know will never sit in the shade.” “
This is the direction we must start to look to each other.
Maybe Christmas tree farms could grow their trees in pots and after they are used, instead of the wood chipper, go and plant a tree?
Try another way to reduce drug use
If the liberalization of our drug laws, which has taken place over the past five years, really worked, one would expect to see a significant reduction in the number of people who use and die as a result of drug use.
The problem seems to be that instead of improving the situation, it just kept getting worse. As the situation worsens, advocates continue to say that the problem is we need to further liberalize our drug laws.
It seems like a pretty straightforward equation. The more liberalized our drug laws, the more people in society decide it is okay to experiment with very dangerous drugs.
The more drug addicts that we have in society, the more people who become addicts and the more people who die of drug use.
Rather than continue with the status quo, maybe it’s time to try other approaches.
If more of our resources were devoted to preventing people from experimenting with dangerous illegal drugs and more addiction programs were developed for people seeking help for their addiction, we would get much better value for our money. than what we are currently receiving.
Drug addiction is not a glamorous way of life and dying alone is final, a message that needs to be communicated meaningfully to all age groups in our society.
There must also be more emphasis on stopping criminals around the world who produce, transport and market their illegal and dangerous products.
Clearly, keeping doing the same thing and hoping for a different outcome doesn’t work.
E&N Railway is a solution for the Malahat
The E&N railway line looks us in the face as a solution to the current disasters of Malahat.
The rail line could be a vital step towards the Malahat solution and the economic future of Vancouver Island as a transit corridor for commuters, freight and tourism.
The line could be transformed into a modern electrified light train. Ideally, the line should be paired with Langford. However, a single track could be adapted to operate efficiently by installing dual track dock stations for passage, one in and one out.
This has been done in many other parts of the world, including Queensland, carrying more than 100,000 passengers daily from northern communities to Brisbane, partly on a single track line.
The carbon tax has done little for the environment other than making life more expensive for everyone. The tax should be mandated by law to be used to invest in public transit and the development of new green technologies.
Sooner or later we’ll be forced to resurrect a modern rail link to the island for the sake of the island’s economic future, and the sooner we do, the better.
We must stop procrastinating, and we hope that the lingering disasters of Malahat will give us the visionary leadership to implement sound decisions on behalf of the islanders and the suffering taxpayers.
An operational railway line on the island certainly makes sense and would relieve a lot of pressure from the Malahat, and would be particularly beneficial for commuters and those who have to travel from the top of the island for medical appointments.
LRT and streetcar systems are being built around the world as commuters embrace an environmentally friendly and stress-free mode of transportation and travel.
Vancouver Island cannot continue to depend unsustainably on road transport, especially on the Malahat.
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