We need hearts, as well as smarts
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