Letters to the Editor: Dec. 15

Highway maintenance; Thanks to EK hospital staff; Jumbo

Highway Maintenance

I wanted to voice my support for the article on highway conditions in Dec. 5’s paper. This is something I was trying to decide how to get involved in, so is timely for me.

First off, let me say that I have been in the transportation business most of my life (and still am), so highway conditions have always been paramount.

In my opinion, we are not getting the same quality of clearing in the winter that we once had.  The latest snowfall that we had about a week ago is a case in point.

What happened was we had the snowfall and then before it was plowed, it turned quite cold and froze very solid. With much traffic compacting it, the frozen ice (snow) became like cement and couldn’t be removed with plows. I’m on the highways all the time and I frequently see this happening.

I can actually remember quite a heavy snowfall last winter, when it snowed overnight and in the morning I had to go to Invermere about 10 a.m. and there was not a plow anywhere. It wasn’t until coming back later in the afternoon that they started plowing. By that time the traffic had done the same thing and packed it so hard it couldn’t be plowed.

My thoughts by observation, is that, instead of immediately plowing the highways, their first priority is to get salt on it, but when it freezes hard right away, it doesn’t work because salt won’t work below -6 degrees.

This might be an effective method elsewhere, but here in the East Kootenay, I feel it is ineffective.

I feel they need to go back and get the plows out immediately before it has a chance of compacting and freezing.

One thing I think that we all have to be aware of, is that the government doesn’t want to come down too hard on these contractors, as they NEED them to succeed and can’t afford to have them fail. So much for public safety.

I don’t know whose fault it is, but I know by experience, that we are not getting the highways plowed like we used to.

By copy of this letter to our erstwhile MLA, Mr. Bennett, I’m urging him to try and improve this bad situation.

Neil Matheson/Cranbrook

Thanks to EK hospital staff

On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the amazing staff of the East Kootenay Regional Hospital for the exemplary care they afforded to our father, Peter Ferguson, during his recent stay.  In particular, we would like to thank the staff of the Emergency Department and the 3rd floor medical ward.

During both the critical and palliative care phases of his stay, the staff exhibited professionalism, dedication and incredible compassion in caring for our father, and in helping us his family come to terms with a very difficult situation. I experienced staff; nurses, care aids, unit clerks and others going out of their way to be helpful.  Their efforts are most appreciated and will not be soon forgotten.

Duncan Ferguson/Victoria, BC

Jumbo

Wow! Mr. Tersmette hit the nail on the head. Christy Clark and Stephen Harper have high-jacked Canadians’ wallets and are using our tax dollars to fund the business interests of who? Friends? Potential employers? To be sure they are not looking out for the citizens or environment of this province and country.

They will choose to do what serves the interest of a few of their cronies over the well being and pocketbooks of ordinary Canadians.

If you doubt this, look into the logic of Jumbo or perhaps the Foreign Investment Protection Agreement with China.

Tam Decosse/Kimberley