Wow lights

A canopy of coloured lights for an extra $110,000, what are they thinking of next?

In the meantime there is no money for our firefighters, the art gallery needs a new roof, the Leir House is in need of many repairs, South Main’s pavement is a patchwork quilt with many holes and the bike lanes have not been swept forever. I could go on and on.

Is this maybe another behind closed door deal that we do not know about?

Penticton’s wow factor is its beautiful setting and vistas at either end.

What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas. Let’s not cheapen our town more.

It is bad enough that we now have gas stations and drive-thrus with idling cars on every second block.

The mayor likes to use the word “under-utilized.” Now that chicken coops are allowed in the city we could install in Gyro Park (rather under-utilized  when I drove by there the other day) a few chicken coops. Add some guinea-pigs, rabbits and baby goats and make it into a petting zoo. Fun for all ages and we are keeping the nature element.

We instantly have at least  four, year-round permanent jobs,  we can sell the eggs and the chicken manure, which is supposed to be good for rosebushes.

A better return for our money than waiting for the profit-sharing returns of the Skaha Lake Marina restaurant which already closed its doors at the end of September.

I doubt that the 100-block of Main Street could improve with a canopy of coloured lights.

What happens if there is a fire and the ladder-truck has to be used? Well there goes our $110,000.

Do we want to shine more lights on City Hall? It is rather embarrassing what is going on there as it is.

Three more years. Heaven help us, what are they going to think of next and do with our money?

Elaine Vonck

Penticton