Sechelt needs this kind of vision

Staff writer
February 22, 2013 01:00 AM


It is thrilling that Sechelt council has fulfilled its election promises to begin building a state-of-the-art, odourless and green waste water treatment plant.

They deserve big kudos for the work that they put into this project. Finally, after 12 years of discussion and four councils, we have a decision!

The public announcement on Feb. 5 drew the usual cluster of naysayers however. Who else has the time in the middle of the afternoon on a work day to come and harangue or boo any positive ideas that might be afoot? You can see the same self righteous people at most council and public meetings, some being the anti-Target people who continue to occupy a large amount of the District staff's time.

To be sure, constructive criticism is a good thing, but there are many who make it their sole objective to be negative about anything the council does, but who offer little in the way of viable alternatives.

Some ex-councillors and a couple of the current ones lead the charge on this campaign to drag Sechelt down to the same level of mediocrity that was seen with the last council. And the media plays its own role in this negativity too. The use and misuse of the words is a powerful tool, and to give more credibility to the negative rather than the positive aspects of a story is irresponsible and manipulative.

One indiscriminate word can change the tone of a whole story. Wordsmiths and the media already know this which makes it even more insidious.

Congratulations to the mayor and council of Sechelt for having the integrity to move forward on their promises despite the sour faces of a small, continually bleating, vocal group. Sechelt needs the kind of vision we are now seeing if it is to thrive.

Sandra Lesson


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