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Letters

Letters

Require city hall departments to reduce costs by 10%

Editor: All companies, corporations and, yes, even governments grow fat and sassy if left to their own devices for too long. It is common practice to...

Like the swallows at Capistrano, tax hikes return to Kamloops annually

Editor: I stand to be corrected, but it seems we have a property-tax increase annually. It would be interesting to know how much, both in monetary...

City should be run on a need, not a want, basis

Editor: Why can’t the city stop spending and reduce the budget by doing so? A couple expenditures I feel were ridiculous: • Spending more than $600,000 on...

City of Kamloops needs to realize taxpayers are at their limit

Editor: I think we could shave off a few million dollars by streamlining the salaries of city managers and directors — or firing the ones...

Contract out services to save money and cut down on tax hikes

Editor: I think we should contract out more of the services to save money, including garbage collection, bylaw officers, snow removal and park maintenance Our wages...

Tax increase shows city is poor manager of money

Editor: The 2.7 per cent property-tax increase is too much. With the amount of building happening in Kamloops, where the contractor pays for connections such as...

City’s tax increase more than our income adjustment

Editor: I’m very disappointed with the 2.7 per cent tax increase. I understand there needs to be a bit of an increase, but not that much....

Raising taxes in Kamloops a ‘fashionable fad’

Editor: It has become an almost fashionable fad to raise Kamloops property taxes year after year. There’s hardly any thought given or effort made to freeze...

Imagine the tax increase with the arts centre on the tab?

Editor: It would have been interesting if we had to add in the extra tax increase originally proposed for the performing-arts centre. Gary Dolinksi Kamloops

Kamloops tax hike, sewer fee increase unacceptable

Editor: A 2.7 per cent tax hike, along with an additional $40 sewer fee, is totally unacceptable. Why? Because of the huge B.C. Assessment increase this...

House arrest for assaulting officer? What a joke

Editor: Re: (‘Men who attacked, knocked out Kamloops Mountie avoid prison,’ Jan. 27): What on earth is going on? One of our police officer is assaulted...

M-103 chips away at free speech

Editor: A large section of the public has become more and more concerned with the violence exhibited daily by some followers of Islam in the...

Oh, the woes of windrows

Editor: I want to thank Dale Bass for her Feb. 17 column about bus riders dealing with snow windrows (‘Bus riders thankful for the thaw’): I...

Pioneer’s son risked all in war

Editor: Thank you, Jessica Klymchuk,  for the great article on John Freemont Smith and Black History Month (‘Spirit of a true pioneer,’ Feb. 16). Smith was...

Tobacco age idea worth pursuing

Editor: I was watching the news online from Mexico recently and saw Health minister Terry Lake talk about raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco...

Why can’t we attract doctors to Kamloops?

Editor: As a community, we certainly have a persistent problem attracting doctors. The area has a great lifestyle and modern facilities, but for some reason, it...

Taking issue with Plaza’s rationale for layoffs

  Editor: Re: (‘Plaza Hotel lays off 13 restaurant staff as Fireside Lounge closes’): I take issue with general manager Shatha Al- Reihani’s recommendation to the Plaza’s...

Men who attacked Mountie treated by judge like misbehaving kids

Editor: Re: (‘Men who attacked, knocked out Kamloops Mountie avoid prison,’ Jan. 27): It is unbelievable how nonchalantly our court system dealt with this case. No jail time...

Changes to First Avenue have caused traffic chaos

Editor: After observing the work being done on the lane access at First Avenue and Victoria Street for many months, and after having experienced the...

Kids should be in class

Editor: It seems to me quite pointless talking and writing about the dilemma of whether to have a one- or two-week spring break for our...