Sunday, Dec 25, 2017
Ethics in Politics
through sharing views that there is progress
By Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author,
Open letter to Dan Coulter
ecause you have been active in the NDP
Party locally I trusted you. I thought your values would be good and
truly caring. That is why I have sent you copies of many e-mails,
believing you would not let me down, but I had hoped you would
acknowledge each e-mail.
A recent one was a
petition to Premier Horgan which I hope you have also forwarded to
him, and to others to do the same. It is the work of several friends of
Rail for the Valley, including me. See it attached.
I have great respect for Rev. Tommy
Douglas for developing Medicare and building up the rural communities in
Saskatchewan with arenas for sports, high schools and many excellent
rural hospitals. Family Farms and towns have since been destroyed by
absentee one crop farming.
The same has been happened south of the Fraser River to my horror. This
is through neglecting to develop marketing skills of farm produce, and
because US and Mexican produce is sold for less than it can be produced
locally. So much land is misused for commuters with large rural homes
and lawns. And there is quite a lot of commercial enterprise on ALR.
Cedar hedges and shrubs are grown instead of strawberries, raspberries
and cherries. Only blue berries are continuing.
Chilliwack was Cherry Capital at one time. My uncle and my parents had a
wonderful peach orchard on Williams street up to the high school. Rotary
street did not exist. They were two kinds of the best peaches I’ve ever
At the same time the huge refrigerated trucks pollute the air, spoil
scenery for tourists, cause expensive road widening and repairs as well
as understaffing for escalating chronic illnesses and nursing homes.
Early in the debate about teaching children about sexual identity I
wrote an article
Permissive not Prejudiced that was published in The Valley Voice
News. Please read it carefully now. After carefully reconsidering
your views now, kindly reply to me. It is through sharing views that
there is progress in ethics and politics. That is why a reply from you
could be valuable.
Now I am horrified by the escalating harsh criticism in the local media
of freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and
freedom of choice.
There are words being put into Trustee Neufeld’s mouth and printed in
the media that he did not say.
Canadians should beware of becoming polarized politically and ethically.
The United States Republicans should not be our role model. They harshly
oppose everything the Democrats put forward, and ruined Hillary
Clinton’s reputation, although deep down their values are not as
different as they think. Unkind comments make discussion impossible and
cause a prolonged stalemate in governing, such as over Medicare.
It is very important for opposing sides to control their emotions and
find common ground. Yes you can.
Where there is no vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18.