Letters to the Editor: January 26

Marysville Benchlands development; Cranbrook Deer Cull

Marysville Benchlands

Keep Kimberley cool — use your voice.

This letter is not meant to ruffle feathers, it is meant to inform and communicate to Kimberley/Marysville residents that value and use this beautiful, peaceful area daily. I feel it is my role and responsibility as an elected City Councillor to let you know that Kimberley/Marysville Nature needs your voice & time now!

It is time to speak up and save the Marysville Bench lands from the zoning for future development.

I think that this beauty should be shared by everyone not just a privileged few to build upon. We need YOU to step forward and speak before it is gone and zoned for buildings, residential or industrial. We lost the Bootleg golf area as well sold recently a nature walking area by the trails. I realize the city needs funds but some special areas should not be for sale.

Voice your values NOW for this natural walking area by going to Kimberley’s Official Community Plan – placespeak.com under the heading of:

“Natural Environments”-Identify the places in Kimberley that u think need protection.

Or Kimberley’s greatest assets-open spaces, recreation and trails.

Not all of us enjoy walking on the paved area with moving bikes, skaters etc. There should be open space and natural environments for all areas of the community. Other areas of Kimberley have handy nature park areas. This is by Marysville; it is nature as its best walking all the way along Jim Ogilvie Way.

These areas make all of Kimberley so special. Let’s work together to make sure they stay for all generations to follow. Take the time to keep Kimberley cool!

Bev Middlebrook, Kimberley City Councillor

Deer Cull

The Mayor and City Council should be proud of themselves for having three fawns killed — which were such a threat to the City of Cranbrook — and in such an inhumane way. They are saying that this was post death twitching. As a hunter I do not believe this is true, and that fawn was still alive and suffering when it was being dragged away.

We live in the country, and have fawns born in our yard every year. We also have dogs, and we have never in 20 years had a problem like the people of Cranbrook seem to have.

I think that this issue began when video was posted on YouTube about a house cat mauling a new-born fawn that was pinned between the curb and a wheel of a car. Then this poor innocent dog was let out, and attacked by the doe, who had had enough. We do feel very sorry for the dog and its owner, and hope the dog recovered and is doing okay. But of course, when the City wanted to cull the deer, saying we have killer deer, they only show the part about the dog being attacked. Everybody was fine with this until the doe had had enough, and the only thing she could do was attack. As any mother, human or animal, she would do whatever to protect her little one. And if you go to YouTune you can see the whole video.

As for the contractors, they should be proud of themselves for displaying cruelty to animals. We thought there was a law against this.

These are our feelings, and we know that not everyone is going to agree, but as citizens of this area we have had enough.

The Livingston Family

Deer Cull

The democratic process of two previous deer culls surveys by the previous council, as my recollection was almost 70% for culling.

I have lived in the East Kootenay for 73 years and in Cranbrook 53 years. There was a time when you and your children could walk the streets and feel safe. Except for the last 10 years our democratic rights have eroded to the point that safety is our main concern.

I have watched my neighbours taking their dogs for a walk being chased home by deer protecting their newborns.  I have grandchildren and great grandchildren living on the boundary of the City with a predator cougar in their yard because of the excessive deep population in Cranbrook.

The Mayor and Council were elected by democratic process that gave them a majority to deal with this issue.  The City Council on behalf of the citizens has a legal permit to cull!  The previous culls were criminally interfered with and cost the tax payer’s unwarranted civil servant, RCMP & court time.  We can’t accuse our Mayor and council who were elected to deal with these problems of secrecy.  Does the RCMP warn drug dealers of a planned drug bust?

We also can’t forget the handicapped that face the same threats. How fast can they run? We support our Mayor and council 100%

Brian Kostiuk and Ron Demaniuk Sr.