LETTER: Response to stabbing heartening

From reader K. Sutherland

Re: “‘We were face to face. She had a hunting knife,” Oct. 3

We saw an item about the stabbing on our local news in Victoria. I didn’t like the tone. Our daughter lives in Nelson and we have visited a number of times — never enough! The TV news report, to me, seemed cheap and dismissive in that it made it sound like Nelson as a town was now tarnished, it was “just some mental health issue” (quotation marks used to represent tone, not a direct quotation). There was no sense of the greatness that Bill Metcalfe described in his article. Our daughter sent the link to the article, not knowing we had heard about the incident on TV.

This was my response to her sending the link: “What a lovely, well written article. Stephen Fowler deserves so much credit for being the thoughtful person he seems to be. When he talked about not stopping violence with more violence and about her ‘already being broken’ and the homeless guy directing traffic because it was a job that needed to be done, wow, it choked me up! I think all this actually says how wonderful Nelson truly is as a community and though yes, violence/incidents could happen anyway, it is the response that would not have necessarily happened anywhere. Nelson can take a lot of pride in that.”

Mr. Metcalfe provided clarity about the incident and did so with complete respect to all: the victim, the helpers (including Fowler’s statement that helping by staying out of the way was also good), to the woman who obviously had some serious issues herself, the police and to the whole township of Nelson.

Well done all of Nelson!

K. Sutherland

Victoria

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