Fanning flames of fear



As a homeowner on the Coast, I am speechless about the reaction of a few in the Sunshine Coast community telling others to “Go Home.” Recreational residents (yes, I am one) are no more or less responsible for our collective health and well-being than any other resident of the Coast.

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We are respectful citizens, even more so during this period. We are NOT outsiders – we are your neighbours, who support the local economy and pay taxes. (I think it’s worth noting that we use less of the municipal services provided than most, so our contributions are in some respects greater than others.)

And need I remind you that any Coast residents infected with COVID-19 requiring hospital care will be transported to Lions Gate Hospital?

To contemplate stopping people coming to the Coast is absurd. If that’s the way to go, then let’s acknowledge it works both ways – if you cannot trust people coming to your community, you should also agree to stop travelling to other communities. But remember, you receive much from having access to the Lower Mainland – your food, employment, medical services, and so much more – than the Coastal “intruders” receive from you.

The protesters pictured on your front page last week, standing with their nasty signs, are fanning the flames of fear and even hatred – such must be resisted at all costs to protect our society.

Whatever happened to Be Patient and Be Kind?

Dr. Robert Gayton, Sechelt

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