Demeaning CVRD directors uncalled for

It is so easy to sit on the sidelines and howl insults at the people doing the work.

Demeaning CVRD directors uncalled for

I find myself forced to protest against both the content and tone of the letter sent by one Bill Dumont of Cobble Hill. How ungracious do we need to be to make our point? Mr. Dumont is entitled to argue against an increase in compensation for CVRD directors, but his personal attacks on individuals are uncalled for.

His language is inflammatory and disrespectful, and I wonder if the Citizen should perhaps reconsider an editorial policy that allows publication of letters that impugn the honour and motives of other individuals for no better reason than simple disagreement. Mr. Dumont evidently objects to the proposed increase; that is his right. What is not right is to name Directors Acton and Morrison as directly responsible for “spearheading this disgusting nonsense,” demanding their resignations and accusing them of “trying to pick the public’s pocket for such an outrageous raise.” That strays from the facts and wanders into outright vilification and shameful character assassination.

As for the issue itself, the implication that a “whopping $11,000 or 33 per cent raise” is “tone deaf and irresponsible” seems unjust to this taxpayer without being told when the last increase was made. This position requires the director to work close to full time hours and still be available to constituents whenever they contact them. It also raises the question of whether it is an excessive compensation for the many hours of meetings, preparation and constituency response required of elected public servants overseeing a budget in excess of $100 million. Mr. Dumont considers these people “undeserving politicians,” which causes this sometime volunteer member of his area Advisory Planning and Parks commissions to wonder if he has ever once spent time volunteering in his community to learn just how hard his elected representatives work in the first place. It is so easy to sit on the sidelines and howl insults at the people doing the work.

Finally, as someone who has endured more than 10 years of various budget meetings, I can assure Mr. Dumont that Director Morrison in particular spends a great deal of time and effort keeping tax increases down while still maintaining the service and infrastructure at ever increasing costs. You see, some of us actually know what we are talking about.

David Lowther

Mesachie Lake


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

COVID-19 means different graduations for Cowichan students in 2020

At Lake Cowichan students did the traditional hat toss

Mary Lowther column: Pre-sprouting corn in paper towels

My new packet of spinach didn’t grow when I put the seeds directly into potting soil

Sarah Simpson Column: Diving into Dahl with my darlings

“Why don’t we pull out the Roald Dahl collection we got a couple years ago?”

Renovated Lake Cowichan town hall will include emergency operations centre

Upgrade project expected to be complete within months

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read