Yea to waterslide but nay to Skaha

Dear Editor:

It seems to me that the yeasayers do not understand why the naysayers say nay. Allow me to illustrate, with some humour perhaps, but to the point of the central issue.

Suppose a blind prelate in the Vatican would propose to repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo finished painting it in 1512. “That’s 503 years ago,” the prelate argues. “Isn’t it time to renovate and get on with the times?” Would you say, “Yea, get on with it?”

Suppose an enthusiastic sanitary engineer would get a group of realtors and developers to propose a perfect solution to North America’s garbage problems. Fill in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Solve the refuse problem for hundreds of years. Would you say, “Yea, get on with it?”

Suppose a manufacturer of high-tech machinery and modern heavy duty excavators and bulldozers wanted to show that if we want to we can do anything these days and propose we level Mount  Revelstoke. Would you say, “Yea, get on with it?”

Suppose an enthusiastic and loyal Pentictonite wanting to revitalize downtown and bring in more young people got a group of racing enthusiasts together and proposed  we turn Main Street into drag strip starting at Jermyn Ave. with a finish line at Westminster Avenue. W.  It’s one-way already. This would allow the racing cars to come to stop somewhere between City Hall and the courthouse.

Would you say, “Yea, get on with it?”

That’s why I say “nay” to the destruction, devastation, commercialization, and  change, permanently, from a quiet, family-oriented, therapeutic, naturally beautiful park to a private (for profit) carnival or amusement park and with increased vendor activity to become known, very likely, as Skaha Lake fairgrounds. I say “yea” to the waterslides, but “nay” for the location anywhere in the Park.

 Harry G. Kapeikis

Penticton