Civic protests are now a necessity

Dear Editor:

“Citizens are engaged” is a very good editorial (Herald, March 30) and a very good thing, but I would like to add something to it. The protests are not simply in vogue, they are a necessity. There is so much being done secretly in an undemocratic fashion behind closed doors in Penticton that scrutiny has become an absolute necessity.

The Skaha Park waterslide fiasco, the SOEC lighting non-tendering and now the emergency exit above Evergreen Drive, to mention just a few. It is a sad and pathetic comment on what is happening in this city now that citizens are having to keep a constant eye on what is being done for fear of other fiascos.

Yes, they may be in vogue, but much more important, they are now a necessity.

Duane Martin