Civility versus hostility?

Staff writer
July 12, 2013 01:00 AM


My wife and I attended the Sechelt council meeting of July 3 where we witnessed yet another rude and juvenile demonstration of bad manners towards mayor and council from naysayers of the wastewater treatment plant. Not for the first time, either.

Betty Ann Pap, given her age, white hair and diminutive size, has apparently become the poster child for said naysayers, perhaps on the hope of garnering the sympathy of the outside world. It is, after all, much easier for someone such as she to accuse mayor and council of bullying than it would be for her rudely spoken supporters to do likewise.

She gave another one of her long drawn out diatribes chastising Mayor Henderson -much to the disrespectful cacophony of her fellow naysayers. Though given 10 minutes to voice her point, she attempted a number of times to drag things on. By what right does she think she should be able to take liberty with government protocol?

Adding insult to injury, one of her supporters saw fit to start venting his views by way of crass comments and personal slurs to mayor and council, totally inappropriate! In fairness, as I understand it, he did have the decency to call up the next day and apologize for his outburst.

A petition with 374 signatures opposing the plant was presented. With almost 9,000 people in Sechelt 374 detractors doesn't cut much mustard by my calculations.

After all is said and done, it still seems illogical to pump the waste uphill to Lot L. Perhaps Betty Ann knows something I don't know? What I do know is that a little common decency goes a very long way at these meetings -especially from those of us old enough to know better!

Geoff White, Sechelt

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