Letter: Letter writer missing point

In our democratic system, our voices are heard not only on election day, writes Richard Fausten.

In response to Ron Mellett’s letter in the Jan 14. issue, I would say that he is missing the point.

We had a huge response from citizens opposed to the proposed water meter project. A majority response, asking then-mayor and council for time to review the matter. They utterly ignored the public outcry.

If our democratic right is “only” to vote in people for office, the public would never get any laws amended, or have the ability to improve areas such as human rights and other legislation. This is very much affected by public outcry.

Unions protest existing laws and regulations in an effort for a more democratic work environment. It is part of the process. Women in the U.S. were doing mass demonstrations way back in 1913 in an effort to gain the privilege to vote. We take many things for granted now, as a direct result of public outcry transforming the way we live.

Where the elected officials don’t have any respect or regard for the majority opinion, or public outcry, they are soon out of a job. Witness the last election.

I came from a country where the government had total rule over the population, and I was lucky enough to escape that environment, seeking a place where my vote meant something and public opinion does matter.

We aren’t voting for someone to rule us, we are voting for civil servants.

We are optimistic about the new mayor and council, and believe that they will welcome ideas from the public on how to improve the City of Grand Forks.

In our democratic system, our voices are heard not only on election day.

Richard Fausten, Grand Forks

Just Posted

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Three incidents in a week prompts meeting between health authority, city service providers

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Kootenay Boundary remains in unusually dangerous avalanche period

Avalanche Canada says it expects snowpack conditions to get better soon

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Whistler role in potential Calgary Olympic bid would be welcome: IOC

Calgary is mulling whether to vie for the 2026 Games, and could look to facilities in B.C.

Food industry failing at voluntary sodium reduction: Health Canada

Health Canada report shows the food industry made no meaningful progress in curtailing salt levels

Best B.C. cities to live in: millennial edition

Other local municipalities score at bottom of list from real estate blog

Solitary confinement in Canadian prisons unconstitutional: B.C. Supreme Court

Associations argued that solitary confinement was inhuman

1 in 4 B.C. consumers unable to pay bills, debt repayment: poll

Since interest rates first rose in July, poll suggests households across B.C. have had to tighten budget

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

B.C. husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

Couple presented with Vital Link Awards for quick use of CPR

Most Read