Letter: Watch politicians carefully

It is a source of constant amazement to me how some people end up in office—and it’s not their fault; it’s ours, writes Pete Snidal.

I see that Grand Forks City Council is once again providing a hearty entertainment for us all with their secretive in-camera and general in-fighting over yet more issues which leave most of us aghast!

However, I see something positive for us all in this latest show, and that is that they provide us with a political education which in fact extends beyond considerations of mere civic politics, and that is how to make our selections as a voter in all future elections.

I have always been a proponent of choosing any given candidate not in terms of his/her promises for the rosy future anticipated in the event of a win, but rather of his/her record to date—what has been the contribution in past holdings of office?

In the present instance, I suggest it is important for all future voters to look carefully at current contributions of each and every council member as the business is conducted day by day.   I would hope that the silliness exhibited by many of the present council will not go unremembered in the next civic election, just as I would earnestly hope the same for the so-called “senior” governments of the province and the nation.

Wanna-bes will promise you the moon during the election madness, but AFTER the elections is the time to be making our decisions for the NEXT elections—once they’ve grabbed the ring, there’s not much you can do as they hide behind complex obfuscations, pursue their previously secret agendas, and otherwise involve themselves in programs of personal aggrandizement which have been so carefully hidden during the campaigns.

And so, I offer this heartfelt plea to one and all: PLEASE take the time to watch carefully the antics of our present politicians—in all levels of government, and use your observations to make a careful choice of how you intend to vote in the next election.

It is a source of constant amazement to me how some people end up in office time and time again—and it’s not their fault; it’s ours. In most cases, they’ve given us plenty of warning!

– Pete Snidal, Grand Forks



Just Posted

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will use 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

As avalanche danger grows, BC heli-skiers exercise caution

Company relies on guides’ decades of experience

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by Canadian immigrant

“This is a good example, I think, that will be helpful to change views about immigration. And maybe for Mr. Trump himself to consider immigrants as contributors to advancing science, advancing our societies.”

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas took major steps toward reducing their bitter animosity

Canada, U.S. lead call for sanctions against North Korea

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Hijab-cutting case highlights ethical issues with putting kids in spotlight

A Toronto police investigation has concluded a girl’s hijab was not cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school

Change in politics, society on sexual misconduct ‘not fast enough,’ says Trudeau

Trudeau says society still lagging behind the systemic changes he is trying to make when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Bank of Canada to make interest rate decision today

Economists widely believe that based on the economic environment, it’s likely interest rates will rise today

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

Most Read