Letters to the Editor

Opportunity wasted

The smell of tear gas will eventually disappear from the streets of Montreal but the memories won’t. Tears will linger in the eyes of the earnest democratic reformers because personal hardships were endured, counterproductive violence occurred and an opportunity for progressive change was lost.

A parade of self-serving politicians will step forward to proclaim, “I will leave no stone unturned to prevent such deplorable acts of civil disorder from ever happening again!”

An army of fact-finding committees will be formed, endless meetings will debate irrelevant data and a mountain of worthless reports will be written. When the general public becomes bored with the never-ending buck-passing, the politicians and bureaucrats will slyly wink at each other and smile. The smiles will be cynical and knowing. Riotous Montreal’s lasting legacy: enthusiasm, trust and resources wasted; frustration, anger and corruption nurtured.

Lloyd Atkins

 

Vernon

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Silent visitor
 
Man dies in fiery dump truck crash on Highway 99
 
Sooke population drop raises questions
Boil water advisory lifted
 
Tree-stripped mountains the result of toxic political policies
 
Safer water for Kemp Lake water users possible
NFL: The Best Quotes and Clips from Super Bowl Media Day (VIDEO)
 
U.S. Navy jet fighter rumbles bring on grumbles
 
Sooke says goodbye to a special food icon

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 27 edition online now. Browse the archives.