Fletcher does nothing to help smart meter issue

Tom Fletcher’s smug, dismissive column, although possibly entertaining in a tabloid does little to inform.

Re: “Smart meter manipulation,” November 21

Tom Fletcher’s smug, dismissive column, although possibly entertaining in a tabloid or deliberately incendiary context, does little to inform.

In short, it is more concerned with provoking reaction than any measured consideration of the many aspects of this issue.

Residents of the Gulf Islands are stereotyped as “hysterical” and “gullible.” That is to say, they disagree with Mr. Fletcher. I thought journalism was supposed to address why people disagree, whereas propaganda only tried to convince regardless of the facts.

There are reasons why over 50 municipalities have requested a moratorium or an opt out choice on the installation of these meters. Why, if these meters are so innocuous, did the present government obviate the need for BC Hydro to go through the BC Utilities Commission or hold public meetings? Perhaps, like Mr. Fletcher, they have a disdain for the democratic process when it does not agree with, or cannot be manipulated by, them.

Freye Parkhouse

Beasley