Letters to the Editor

Columnist farms out bizarre comments

Re: “Farm changes a great leap forward” column (The Leader, Aug. 12).

Tom Fletcher is confused about the Ministry of Agriculture’s consultation, which features a public survey. He mistakenly says it shows that changes in last spring’s ALR bill “have little or nothing to do with exclusions” of farmland from the ALR.

That bill, which made exclusions easier in 90 per cent of the ALR (Zone 2), is now law. It’s no longer a current focus, in contrast to the survey about ALR regulations, which is open till Aug. 22. The simple reason the survey doesn’t mention the bill or ALR exclusions is that they’re another matter.

It’s also illogical for Fletcher to imply that those who wanted consultation on the previous matter would oppose the current consultation. If anything, many want more of it.

To top off confusion with bad taste, Fletcher mocks MLA Lana Popham’s photo and bizarrely ties a survey question to Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward, which cost millions of lives.

 

Jim Wright, President

Garden City Conservation Society

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Generous as a Moose
 
A seven-year-old surrey champion helps Variety’s fundraising efforts
 
Stories from the past
Surrey RCMP seek car theft suspects
 
Harper cancels Malala citizenship ceremony
 
Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive is underway
SLIDE SHOW: Chilliwack Progress photos for the weeks of Sept. 8 and 15, 2014
 
Lessons learned: Tanja Shaw reflects on 10 years as a personal trainer
 
SLIDE SHOW: Chilliwack Progress photos for the week of Sept. 29, 2014

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.