Letters to the Editor

Delta needs an off-leash park

Earlier today while throwing the ball for my border collies at a local park I was approached by an animal control officer and given a very nice warning that they would soon be handing out tickets if the dogs were not leashed in the park. 

As Delta has no off-leash areas, what am I to do?  Leave them tied up in the yard with no exercise, barking all day like some of the animals in my area? 

Take them to Surrey and use their parks? I’m sure the taxpayers of Surrey would appreciate that.  

Ride my bike with them beside me to wear the pads off of their feet? 

My dogs need good physical exercise than they cannot get on a leash. We are responsible dog owners, who take care of our animals, clean up their messes, and give them a good life. 

We live in Delta because it is a great place for families, and our dogs are part of our family.  We must have an off-leash area, now.

Caroline Webster

Annieville

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Hurtful to everyone

The anti-bullying day was a breath of fresh air for children and youth who have been bullied in school and their community day after day.

The fact that the day was filled with students wearing pink shirts to me highlights that homophobia and heterosexism in schools is also being challenged finally. 

Hamed Nastoh in his final letter to his family also wrote of being called “fag, queer, and gay” by his peers despite the fact that he wrote that he wasn’t gay. 

These kind of remarks are hurtful to everyone regardless if they are gay or not. 

It is important to note that young  gay teenagers who are coming out have a higher suicide rate than the general population. 

One way to improve the self-esteem and self-confidence of gay and lesbian youth and hopefully reduce homophobia among the general public is to highlight the contributions famous gay and lesbian people have made throughout history from Michelangelo and Oscar Wilde to Elton John.

 

Amar Sangha

Delta

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