We need hearts, as well as smarts

The Daily Courier - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor: Hav­ing di­gested Kelowna Daily Courier and other me­dia sto­ries in re­cent weeks, I’m con­vinced that so-called “smarts” must be wed to “hearts” for the good of in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties, provinces, states, na­tions, con­ti­nents and the world without such en­er­getic unity, all could be use­less, per­haps even some­times deadly.

What spurred my con­clu­sion was a Nov. 2 Daily Courier, Page 1 story head­lined “Kelowna among world’s smartest cities” af­ter be­ing se­lected as such by The In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity Fo­rum, yet just above that story was the day’s ma­jor story head­lined “City shel­ters packed and it’s not win­ter yet” and kicker “Kelowna Home­less­ness.” Another sub­head added “...Shel­ter op­er­a­tors won­der how they’ll squeeze in any more.”

As Mayor Colin Bas­ran de­clared: “Be­ing named a Smart 21 Com­mu­nity is global recog­ni­tion the city, its cit­i­zens and busi­nesses are all mov­ing Kelowna for­ward as an in­no­va­tion-based com­mu­nity.” Hooray! But, con­sid­er­ing our home­less peo­ple, where are our hearts? It seems cer­tainly they’re not wed to our so-called smarts. Just per­haps, may we be overly ad­dicted to smart­phones, since it has been re­cently re­ported that on av­er­age an in­di­vid­ual would spend 15 years on it over a life­time.

Abound­ing with both hearts and smarts were the three golfers who saved the life of Bruce Roberts, whom they had just met on the prac­tice tee at Preda­tor Ridge last April. On the ninth hole, Roberts suf­fered a se­ri­ous heart at­tack. Lucky for Roberts, two of the three whom he had just met had CPR train­ing. The near­est de­fib­ril­la­tor was in the dis­tant club­house. The two Ver­non men went to work with their hands on the fallen Roberts un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived for the hos­pi­tal run. The two Ver­non he­roes later re­ceived the B.C. Vi­tal Link Award for their ac­tions.

In heart­less con­trast were the two guys cited in the story be­low it. They mugged a teenager in down­town Kelowna and stole his ring.

Is the lat­ter story of re­pug­nant ac­tions what our beloved Cana­dian Armed Forces men and women fought for, risk­ing their lives in wars? No, no, no! Wally Den­ni­son Kelowna

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