But only God can make a tree

A tale of two cities – both in the Okanagan, both blessed with beautiful lakefronts and parks.

Kelowna, our northern city, has recently purchased new waterfront property for $12 million. Kelowna’s mayor, Colin Basran, stated, “It’s going to be a legacy for our community for a really long time.”

In recent months in Penticton our mayor has caused our community to be split by giving away a huge portion of a beautiful Penticton waterfront park to developers so they can build a waterslide for profit. Some legacy for Penticton!

What was this council thinking?

I’m tired of hearing that a referendum was too expensive.

I’m tired of hearing him say he should have given us more time to understand the situation.

I’d like to hear him say the words, “I’m sorry. I made a mistake. I’ll fix it.”

Before I end my letter I’d like to quote four lines of an old poem especially for Mr. Jakubeit.

The poet was a nature lover and appreciated the beauty of trees as so many in our community do. I’ve changed a couple of words to fit the Skaha Park situation.

“I think that I shall never see a waterslide as lovely as a tree.

Waterslides are made by fools like thee.

But only God can make a tree.”

 Florence Cousens

Penticton