Letters to the editor should be no longer than 250 words and will be edited. Include your address (it won’t be published). E-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Crime spreading city’s emergency services thinly

The soft approach to dealing with those who have mental issues, drug issues, etc., is not working

To the editor,

Re: Supportive housing isn’t fair, Letters, Feb. 15.

I would like to know if only a select few are noticing elements such as a recent News Bulletin story that crime is up in Nanaimo, then all the stories in the news how innocent people, children, pets are being pricked by discarded needles. A comment in the Beefs and Bouquets section about an individual leaving drug paraphernalia beside a path in Linley Valley. A letter written in the paper about witnessing drug deals near a supportive housing complex in the Uplands area near a seniors’ complex, with car break-ins and theft having risen since its opening. Our downtown area is overrun by transients and store owners being bullied and threatened.

Apparently the soft approach to dealing with those who have mental issues, drug issues, etc., is not working. All that is happening is innocent people are being affected by not being able to enjoy the city streets, parks, even their homes because of a small percentage of drug-addicted individuals.

The letter about these people belonging in a mental facility and or closed-door detox centre is absolutely right. A special area in a prison even. Opening such a facility may be cheaper than hiring and paying for more paramedics, fire service calls, police and having our hospital constantly overrun from people who choose to damage themselves, leaving services thinly spread for those who are injured or sick and our elderly vulnerable population.

D. Cousin, Nanaimo


The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author 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

Recycling standards could get stricter at apartments and condos

Regional District of Nanaimo solid waste management plan calls for separation of recycling, organics

Choices made every day to protect sea life

Information is key to making sustainable decisions, says Pacific Biological Station researcher

Pickup crashes into lamppost on Bowen Road

Firefighters and paramedics were called to Bowen Road and Pryde Avenue on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Thieves hit Christian school construction site

Tools, wire taken during recent break-in at Nanaimo Christian School

City of Nanaimo denies ‘bad faith’ in firing of bylaws manager

Municipality responds to civil claim filed by Rod Davidson

Pickup crashes into lamppost on Bowen Road

Firefighters and paramedics were called to Bowen Road and Pryde Avenue on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Beefs & Bouquets, April 19

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo can get together to celebrate Earth Day

Farmers, artisans, honeybees, baby goats RSVP for party Saturday, April 21, a day before Earth Day

Recycling standards could get stricter at apartments and condos

Regional District of Nanaimo solid waste management plan calls for separation of recycling, organics

Nanaimo adds up the value of natural infrastructure

Environmental assets have dollar value, study finds

Countdown is on to the 2018 B.C. Summer Games

Cowichan Valley hosts on July 19-22

WEB POLL: Do you support the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project?

Do you support the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion? RELATED: Poll finds 54… Continue reading

Driving Change: A B.C. man’s charitable trip across Canada

A Kelowna man, his bus, and his mission for positive change across our country

Case of teacher secretly filming teens reaches top court

Acquittal of teacher, Ryan Jarvis, who secretly videoed teens ‘dangerous,’ top court told

Most Read