Freedom demolished with dams

NANAIMO – Re: Misplaced nostalgia ruins salmon stream, Letters, May 16.

To the Editor,

Re: Misplaced nostalgia ruins salmon stream, Letters, May 16.

If there’s anything I’m not, it’s narcissistic.

I wasn’t thinking of myself when I voted for the rebuilding of the Colliery dams. I was thinking of the homeowners who would lose value in their home, as well as the low-income families and other residents losing use of a much-needed free park in their neighbourhood.

Charles Thirkill, along with city council, is trying their best to distract us from the thing that matters to Nanaimo. Having a salmon stream would be nice. So would jobs to the Raven coal mine.

Thirkill hasn’t done his homework, because I am for both the coal mine and the rebuilding of the Colliery dams.

This is the world we all live in.

People share their opinion, attempting to distract us from what is most important. Council has attempted to distract Nanaimo as well.

It tried to distract us with the Harewood community plan. And yet, the wise ones weren’t fooled.

Everyone deserves to enjoy Colliery Dam Park. But if the dams get demolished, the park gets closed. Then the freedom to enjoy this park is taken away, and the reopening is undetermined.

That may be OK with the council, and even Thirkill, but it’s not OK with me. And that’s something I have thought about.

Lori Thomas

Nanaimo