More im­mi­gra­tion just isn’t sus­tain­able, read­ers agree

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

Re: Dave Small’s let­ter to the ed­i­tor.

I agree with Dave Small, as does my hus­band. Bring­ing more and more peo­ple is un­sus­tain­able.

The sewage has to go some­where and the roads aren’t keep­ing up. How about drink­ing water? We have ear­lier and ear­lier water re­stric­tions. Seems greed is the driv­ing fac­tor in the pop­u­la­tion growth of our re­gion, not com­mon sense. Mon­ica Forster, Van­cou­ver

Small is right on growth

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Dave Small, for point­ing out what po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness elites choose to ig­nore: pop­u­la­tion growth on a mas­sive scale is de­stroy­ing Van­cou­ver as a liv­able city.

The so­lu­tion is sim­ple: limit im­mi­gra­tion to 25,000 per an­num; re­form mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics by pro­hibit­ing large con­tri­bu­tions from re­al­tors, de­vel­op­ers and other spe­cial-in­ter­est groups; and en­force the law against money laun­der­ing. Well, one can dream. Larry Sharp, Van­cou­ver

Hope for bet­ter so­ci­ety

Thank you so much for the ar­ti­cle ear­lier this month on Je­mal Damtawe and his life from “im­pos­si­ble” cir­cum­stances as a child soldier, gang­ster and drug user to vic­tory.

It’s en­cour­ag­ing to hear about peo­ple who rise above ad­dic­tions and evil and go on to live pro­duc­tive, use­ful lives.

There is hope and this is the kind of ar­ti­cle that en­cour­ages and builds a bet­ter so­ci­ety. Carolyn Kosowan, Cre­ston

Green ‘bill of goods’

The Trudeau govern­ment’s le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis is an­other tax grab. They should have de­crim­i­nal­ized it and al­lowed it to be sold like oregano or cilantro.

There would be no tax col­lec­tion and none of the hys­te­ria to con­trol it.

Un­der the fed­eral plan, the il­le­gal trade in mar­i­juana will con­tinue.

Greed will drive the price up for govern­ment-ap­proved cannabis, so il­le­gal deal­ers will sell it for less and noth­ing will change, other than an­other costly bu­reau­cracy will be de­vel­oped.

I haven’t used mar­i­juana over the past decade, but watch­ing our gov­ern­ments sell this bill of goods and see­ing the pub­lic swal­low it is sad. Robert Tritschler, Parksville

Au­dit all the coun­cil­lors

Any­one who can’t see that mem­bers of Chilli­wack coun­cil are try­ing to dis­credit may­oral can­di­date Sam Wadding­ton in the up­com­ing elec­tion by au­dit­ing his ex­penses as a coun­cil­lor is blind to the po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere in Chilli­wack.

I ap­plaud an au­dit of coun­cil ex­penses, but it should ap­ply to all coun­cil mem­bers. When guide­lines for el­i­gi­ble ex­penses are “vague” and “un­de­fined,” there is am­ple room for all coun­cil mem­bers to make mis­takes.

Sin­gling out Wadding­ton is mud­sling­ing at its worse. Joe Martin, Chilli­wack

Watts’ crit­i­cism wel­come

Ku­dos to for­mer Sur­rey mayor Dianne Watts for crit­i­ciz­ing Doug McCal­lum’s run for mayor of Sur­rey.

Trust me, if I were run­ning for an elected po­si­tion I would want Watts speak­ing against me as well — to guar­an­tee me more votes and a pos­si­ble vic­tory. Den­nis Jensen, Delta

NICK PROCAYLO/PNG FILES

Dave Small’s crit­i­cism of im­mi­gra­tion has sup­port.

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