We must all self-educate

Re: ‘Many behind project not from Parksville’ (Letters, PQB News, Sept. 18)

Thank you Mr. Larson for your letter.

Deeply disconcerted friends concur with your assessment, which in your own words is: “… the majority of speakers were against the project. Many of those who spoke in favour were not from Parksville but from those areas that would be sending their homeless to this facility.”

Others more bluntly state, “those supporting the 222 Corfield project were allowed or encouraged, to speak at length, and they were nebulously described as being ‘from the area’. Legitimate residents of Parksville who disagreed, were pre-empted and had their speaking time cut short.”

If anyone is curious about why and how this project is being pushed through in the way that it is and why meetings of this sort are orchestrated, simply read Rosa Koiré’s Behind the Green Mask (available local library).

My perspective does not beg agreement but I do urge and expect each of us, as responsible citizens, to independently and critically self-educate. Self-education is a lifetime pursuit. It’s a duty, an obligation and a pleasure. It’s there for the taking. And it’s free! We can all get responsible, get informed and get on with changing what does not properly serve and fairly inform every one.

Helen SJ Duggan

Parksville

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