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Students demonstrate courage Re: Eyes on the Prize, four-part series in the Chilliwack Progress I have to tell you that I have been so moved by this series. We so seldom hear of such courage and determination as that which you have shared in these stories. The life of Sebastian White parallels many youngsters but his determination to not give up and settle for what could have been so disastrous to his future touched my heart. It made me want to do

something! Something to let him know how proud I am of him. I don’t know this young man but I congratulate him. And I congratulate you on being able to introduce him to us with your very potent article. You have shown a depth of feeling for all these young people that you have brought to the attention of your readers and I am looking forward to reading about the fourth one (published

May 31) and sorry that it will be the last one. To all those youngsters who struggle with life to such a degree and yet have that sense of hope and the guts to follow their dream, we should be thankful. I hope too, and I pray that their hopes and dreams will be fulfilled as they journey on through their lives. Thank you for this series and the way you handled it.

paigns can hire professional people, the NDP generally must make due with volunteers and many small donations. A case in point is this recent campaign in Chilliwack/Fraser canyon. While Gwen had spent a year knocking on over 11,000 doors, her successful Conservative candidate undoubtedly did none of that. While Gwen was the only candidate to attend all nine public events and candidate meetings, her Conservative opponent skipped out on six. It seems that his last name recognition meant more to many people than his lack of experience, his unwillingness to attend all-candidate meetings or his almost complete lack of door-knocking to prove his worth. His disregard for that honoured “demo-

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Voters get what they deserve After over a year of concerted work and commitment to this recent federal campaign, I am personally very glad that it is over. I can finally get back to some sense of normalcy in my life. The same could probably be said for Gwen O’Mahony; as she has worked long and hard for over a year in running as your candidate. This has meant much sacrifice for her, in her regular job, in her personal finances and on her two girls who have rarely seen her for the past six weeks. Most people have no concept at all of the sacrifices that many NDP candidates make to be your candidate. While most Conservative and Liberal candidates are supported by wealthy individuals who make sure that their cam-

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graphic tradition” of responding directing to the constituents meant little in the long run as he more than doubled Gwen’s support. It is traditional for political pundits to say that “the electorate is always right”. Well, I don’t agree with that statement at all. Even though I am not speaking for either Gwen or for the NDP, but only as an individual, I firmly believe that the electorate this time has made a huge mistake. I understand that, nationally, many people have bought into the Conser vative propaganda of “it’s the economy” and “beware of the NDP bogeyman”; the simple facts remain that in B.C. at least, many people have failed to make a detailed analysis of party policies and

have failed miserably to make Harper accountable for all of the unethical things that he has done over the past five years. We are now faced with a majority government that can bring forth radical policies that will hurt most Canadians in the long run. I rarely make predictions; but, I will predict that, within three years, many people who voted Conservative will be crying in their beer (or wine) and wondering how they got into such a mess. Well, “the people get the government that they deserve” and you have no one to blame but yourself. Mark my words.

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Minister should say no to WTE I understand that the B.C. Minister of Environment, Terry Lake, will soon announce his decision on whether or not to allow a Waste To Energy (WTE) plant to be built either here in the Lower Mainland, or at a Gold River or a Campbell River location. No matter where such a plant might be located, people and animals somewhere will have to

inhale the minute but extremely toxic and uncapturable airborne particulates. Not only that, but these WTE facilities essentially burn or gasify recyclable materials and turn them into solid toxic and hazardous wastes, namely fly ash and bottom ash. It has been scientifically proven that these ashes cannot be made into or used for anything else, so no matter how

any ‘spin doctor’ might try to convince us otherwise, these ashes are what they are — forever. Let us hope, no, let us pray that our new environment minister makes the wise choice and says no to WTE, otherwise who knows how many deaths and/or permanent disabilities may eventually be on his hands? Gary Huntbatch

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