Chris J. Vaughan Griffiths photo In every way, tent city is illegal and its existence a testament to how off-the-rails we are collectively, says letter writer.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens have right to protest tent city however they wish

Here’s a reality check to virtue signallers and social justice warriors, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Coverage of Soldiers of Odin march wasn’t critical enough of this group, Letters, Aug. 14.

A reality check to virtue signallers and social justice warriors filling the letters page or supporting the pro Discontent City narrative and the call to disarm the Soldiers of Odin and other protesters.

The blight downtown is not a city with “humble attempts at gardening” void of “unpleasant interactions” at every tented intersection. It’s a filthy slum built on private land, milking our good nature, our rights, our judiciary, and the business/tourist base suffering massively from increased crime. In every way it is illegal and its existence a testament to how pathetically off-the-rails we are collectively.

It’s ludicrous to see venom spat at protesters, who from every walk of life, want this off our streets. I suggest arresting ’tenants’ for trespassing then keeping them locked up after the background checks roll in. Protesters’ voices are as worthy as supporters of this slum.

What matters is people have no right demanding others be silenced simply because they have opposing views. Freedom of speech demands that all speech is protected, especially the ideas we don’t like. It stands to reason we wouldn’t need protection for ideas we all agree with.

Chris J. Vaughan Griffiths, Nanaimo

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Coverage of Soldiers of Odin march wasn’t critical enough

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tent city isn’t causing unpleasant interactions

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Just Posted

City of Nanaimo issues building permit for Gordon Street hotel

Ground-breaking for $21-million project anticipated this spring

Vancouver Island Brewing puts Nanaimo bar on tap

Beer based on signature Nanaimo dessert flying off liquor retailers’ shelves

Former executive director no longer with Pacifica Housing

Operator of Labieux Road and Uplands Walk housing shifts leadership

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sidewalk snow clearing needs to be prioritized

Hope and patience isn’t solving the problem, says letter writer

Governance top of mind as Nanaimo council works on its strategic plan

Council working with facilitator to develop draft plan, public consultation still to come

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 21

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

Former National Ballet principal dancer will hold classes in Nanaimo

Goh begins her cross-Canada Masterclass Series tour at Kirkwood Academy

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

NDSS senior girls win Vancouver Island basketball championship

Nanaimo District wins first AAA girls’ Island title in 29 years

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Most Read