Letters to the Editor: July 31

Doctor shortage; Opera is the Answer; Family-friendly Activities; An Act of Kindness

Lack of doctors

My son needs a kidney transplant and a liver transplant. This past month he lost his family doctor. Today he went to see his kidney specialist and she told him she is leaving also and he would have to find another kidney specialist. He has already started to give up. I would like to know what is wrong with Cranbrook that we can’t keep doctors here. Our family is beginning to give up also, but as a mother I have to keep trying. I just don’t know where to turn right now, but my son is not going to die because we can’t keep doctors in this town. I wonder how many other people are in the same boat as we are. I sure would like to hear from them.

Diane McKay/Cranbrook

Opera is the answer

My recent Saturday sojourn at Wasa Lake was battered by an ear-mauling din caused by loud boaters. One colossal craft sped close along each shore, rap music blaring so loud we could hear every word even from the far side. It’s horridly unjust both to the locals and to respectful visitors — and the ‘perps’ can’t be local or irate citizens would sling-and-arrow them, if not tar-and-feather!

To fight fire with fire, Wasa-ites (Wasabis?) might discover a passion for the special soprano dramatics of 19th Century opera. Launch Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland full bore at those courtesy-challenged yokels, singing mad or death scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor or a Wagnerian funeral pyre — and they may put their rap under wraps or take it somewhere less peace-protective.

Pawley’s Peepholes, a witty short story by British author John Wyndham (it’s on the web) describes just such a tactic. I bet the idea would be gleefully supported – if briefly explained – by others offended at the inconsiderate barrage of noise.

Arne Sahlen/Kimberley

Family Friendly

As acting mayor this past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Brothers’ Insurance Car Show at Western Financial Place. The turnout was outstanding! I believe numbers surpassed last year’s event. Car enthusiasts were showing off their vehicles proudly. You can tell a lot of work went into them. It was great to see people excited about their cars and talking to others about them.

I hope everyone who took part in the event — from participants to spectators — had a fantastic time. It’s always lovely to host such events and keep our city vibrant. As well as being two days of family fun, it was also a fundraiser. Last year, donations were given to the Kootenay Childhood Development Centre. This year, donations went to the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club. The SARS vehicle was also there for people to have a look at.

People also got a sneak peek at the new go-karts that will soon be up in the industrial park. Tom White of the Eagles Boxing Club took me on a wild ride in one. Ia m sure the new business is going to really take off once it gets going. I nearly lost my hat!

It is great to see another family oriented activity coming to Cranbrook for residents and tourists alike.

On another note, I would like to mention how much I appreciate all the hard work of our City staff, from inside workers to outside workers. You are truly professional and a great asset to our city. Without you, our city would not be the great place it is. There was a staff appreciation barbecue I could not attend — I was out of town, and got waylaid by last week’s storm To each and every one of our City workers, hats off to you! Thanks for all you do for our great city!

Diana J. Scott/City of Cranbrook Councillor

Act of Kindness

On June 22, 2014, the occasion of our 46th wedding anniversary, we were having lunch on the deck of the Leland Hotel in Nakusp, BC. We met a couple from Cranbrook, B.C., who drive a black BMW. We would like to sincerely thank them for picking up our lunch tab. What a wonderful act of kindness.

Thanks again.

Don and  Geri Crawford/Revelstoke