Many folks in city were newsmakers
To the Editor,
Re: Nanaimo’s top newsmakers of 2013, Dec. 31.
Although I find it interesting to be listed as one of the top newsmakers of the year, to me the top news story of the year is how our community came together to contest something they found to be so important to them.
The Colliery Dams was one of several important issues that arose this year. Rather than accepting that nothing could be done, people chose to lend their voices to Idle No More, the Boat Basin, Cedar schools, Linley Valley, and the dams and I believe these people are the true heroes.
We live in an age of declining participation in service clubs and volunteerism. People are busy, stressed, and strapped for resources. That is why it is heartening that so many came forward to contest what they felt strongly about.
During the last year we have been blessed with the incredible leadership of people like Chief Doug White, Doug Routley and members of our own council. Their support and encouragement for real community participation, so people would be included and respected, will hopefully lead to better decisions down the line. I welcome the new year with this goal in mind.
To the Editor,
Re: Top news stories of 2013, Jan. 2.
While I commend you on your choices of issues and persons that have garnered attention over the past year I feel that you may have overlooked perhaps the one entity that has stepped to the forefront and voiced concerns for their community. These are the citizens of Nanaimo who took time from their lives and families, stepped over and beyond their comfort zones and chose to make their feelings known on issues that not only affect themselves personally but for the betterment of the community as a whole.
With issues such as the Colliery dams, the possible closure of some of our schools, opposition to the boat basin revitalization,and the proposal to build a waste-to-energy incinerator it is truly heartening to see and hear the many people who have exercised their civic right to free speech whether for or against these issues.
In a world where many are not only imprisoned but sometimes die when speaking against the powers that be it truly makes one proud to be part of a community of people that so passionately will take the time to voice their concerns.