To the editor:
Regarding Wade Paterson’s article in the Nov. 29 edition of the Capital News, I would be of the opinion that the West Kelowna council and the Hockeyville committee have all gone mad!
An opportunity to raise $25,000 to help offset the cost of upgrades to Royal LePage arena using minor hockey as a draw is one thing, but to all of a sudden decide that it wouldn’t be for the arena after all might be considered fraudulent.
Hundreds of people spent countless hours helping to raise that money assuming that it would be used for the arena. Now we are told that it will possibly be spent on a sign, exactly like the one that people on the Westside fought tooth and nail to have removed on Bridge Hill.
Furthermore, to put a sign like that up in an area of numerous accidents on the highway isn’t a really brilliant idea.
Adam Less says that “We learned Hockeyville was really nothing about hockey, it was about community spirit.” When did he find that out? After he got a great number of people interested because it was intended for minor hockey?
This only indicates to me that you can use any excuse you want to get funds and then do whatever you want with them.
The statement: “This money is different because we earned it,” is about as dumb as it gets, because the “we” (i.e taxpayers) also earned the other $100,000 to pay for the sign. And I find it very strange that you can’t use a cell phone or eat a sandwich while driving your car, but a huge computer screen on the side of the road is not considered a distraction.