Bully politics in Qualicum Beach

When a person finds oneself sympathetic to the views and opinions of a minority, there is little benefit in resorting to name-calling

When a person finds oneself sympathetic to the views and opinions of a minority, there is little benefit in resorting to name-calling, and no good can result from attempting to publicly ridicule the people with a differing opinion. At the end of the day, the schoolyard bully usually goes home from the fight with fewer friends than he showed up with.

That applies, in my opinion, to the state of affairs in Qualicum Beach. To some, it seems perfectly acceptable to refer to certain town councillors as the “Gang of Three.” In a democratic society, the proper label to affix to these individuals is “The Majority”  — nothing more, nothing less.

What this name-calling and public pouting does accomplish, much like in the case of the schoolyard bully, is quite the opposite to what is hoped for or expected by those who partake in it. As stated before, they usually go home from the fight with fewer friends than they showed up with.

To stoop to name-calling of this type shows a disdain for the principles of democracy as well as the dismissal of the majority of voters who, in good conscience, voted for these councillors.

At election time, when public perception is so important, it is surprising to find so many people who have no problem at all being thought of as a pouting bully.

Jim RitterQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Parksville Beach Festival Society launches campaign for outdoor stage

Public invited to event May 25 to help with kickoff

Crime Report: Oceanside RCMP receive 328 complaints in one-week span

Vandalism and theft of a wheelchair among listed incidents

Controversial cell tower proposal in Coombs clears another hurdle

Committee indicates Rogers satisfactorily completed requirements

Parksville advocate to discuss harm-reduction measures for addicts

Morris, along with a panel of professionals, will be at the PCC on May 21

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

RCMP arrest violent offender on Vancouver Island

Campbell River police struggle with suspect and take him down with a taser

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Two cats die in house fire in Nanaimo

Fire happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday on Fifth Street, one resident displaced

RDN looking into providing bus service 365 days a year

RDN transit committee to consider adding bus service on Christmas, New Year’s and Good Friday

Most Read