LETTER: All politics are local politics

From reader Charles Jeanes...

I am fascinated by how well some people organize to keep their community from change, or to restore it in the event of big, destructive changes. I refer to the swift, effective organization of the residents of Balfour and Queen’s Bay to preserve their lifestyles from a new ferry terminal, and to the effective national campaign to save and restore Fort McMurray to its pre-fire state.

I have every sympathy with the Balfour-Queen’s Bay perspective, but not much for Fort McMurray’s. But the principle is the same. There may be very good reasons to improve the speed and efficiency of the lake ferry, but a reaction against speed and efficiency in favour of quality of life is going to prevail. In Alberta, the drive to return the Mac to its pre-fire, oil-industry pace and productivity is also prevailing.

What is my point? “All politics are local politics,” sums it up well. I am merely pointing out the irony that while many people of “progressive” political views want to stop the new ferry, they are also foes of the oil industry and do not care to see Fort Mac become what it was before the fire.

I myself share these two views. I abhor what the Mac stands for, and I do not want to see Balfour area altered.

I have watched and mourned as the quality of Nelson’s civic environment deteriorates; both urban and rural development and growth have pursued their relentless path, pushed on by the wishes of local businesses, and my (manifestly unpopular) attempt to oppose that path when I have been a candidate in civic elections was rejected by the voters.

Some folks win, some folks lose; that is the essence of a capitalist market system and its sadly crippled idea of democracy. Economic losers in globalization won a political victory in the Brexit vote, by rejecting elite advice and voting “Leave.” Maybe Trump supporters will gain a similar victory. I care little about that.

Charles Jeanes, Nelson

Just Posted

BREAKING: Ammonia leak shuts down Nelson Curling Club

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Four points for Fawcett as Leafs win 7th straight

Nelson edged the Fernie Ghostriders 4-3

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

Sanchez leads Leafs to 6th straight win

Nelson held off Spokane 3-2 on Friday

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read