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Watts’ reckless agenda created school crisis Drunk driver Piper has suffered enough

The Editor, It was very nice of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts’ friends to help her out at election time and promise a couple of new schools for our city. Now, almost four months later, it’s either another empty promise or another Liberal lie. No money has come – not even the seed money to start the planning. Surrey Board of Education Chair Laurae McNally continues to emphasize the blame is not with the Ministry of Education but with the provincial treasury board. I’m sure she’s aware Kevin Falcon – from Surrey – is the finance minister. Where is he? While it’s easy for McNally to point fingers at the provincial government, let’s also admit it was Watts and Surrey First who created the school crisis in the first place. The recent census figures show Surrey grew by almost 75,000 people from 2006 to 2011. Watts and her colleagues knew full well there was no capital funding forthcoming, so why did they continue their reckless develop-at-all-costs agenda? Alas, in her time of need just weeks before the civic election, there were Dianne’s friends in the provincial government lining up to help bail her out. Now that the election is over, will the Liberals keep their promise? Their past record doesn’t instill confidence. But I believe the ballot box is always half full; there’s a provincial election coming in about 15 months, so we are likely to hear this feel-good announcement several more times. On the other hand, if no cheque is signed, will Watts have the backbone to even murmur? Or did the school crisis she created magically disappear for another three years?

The Editor, After reading about reasons for a Family Day in B.C., I started thinking back a few decades. Back then, we had a Family Day – a day most families could be together, eat together, have fun together. Most stores were closed and most sports didn’t start until after noon. That day was called Sunday. All the reasons for a Family Day now are pretty much those we lost when we gave up Sunday as our day of rest. People didn’t spend more with stores open seven days a week, it was just spread over more days, more jobs were not created because all stores were 1/7th less busy, in fact so called customer service deteriorated and never recovered. That Family Day was every week, not once a year.

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The Editor, Re: “Court award travesty reflects badly on system,” the Now letters, Feb. 16. I would like Tim P. Banks to explain to us what Steve Piper’s conviction for impaired driving has to do with his injury lawsuit. As a parent, I do not pretend to feel the pain the Wright family must still be feeling for the loss of their son, but I fail to see what that has to do with Piper’s situation 10 years later. As stated, Piper was convicted and sentenced for his crime – end of story.

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The Editor, Re: “Unsustainable growth nothing to brag about,” the Now letters, Feb. 14. Stephanie Ryan is absolutely right with her comments about Surrey’s growth. Nobody – certainly not Dianne Watts and her council – seems to be able or willing to stop this kind of ill-managed and festering growth. We need to have more hospitals, schools, public transportation, but instead we get an endless influx of people, cheap housing developments and industrial-looking box stores and strip malls. Surrey has become the ugliest city I have ever lived in. Watts should be ashamed to be an important force behind the ‘uglinization’ of Surrey. M.M. Keij, South Surrey

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Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts helped create the city’s school crisis, one reader says.

The Editor, Re: “Killer driver gets $70,000,” the Now, Feb. 14. It is disgusting how you could put this in the paper. Both families have been through enough, to bring this into everyone’s home again is disgusting on your part. Do you not think that Steve Piper suffers every day with what he did? And what about his family? I don’t see your newspaper writing about what other people get from ICBC claims – why bring this up for this family? It has nothing to do with the fatal accident. Steve Piper has tried to give back by going to high schools and talking about what he did and about dealing with depression. You should be ashamed of your paper for writing about this again. I don’t think that little boy who died would want to make the families suffer more.

You go on to state that he should live with that on his conscience to his dying day – please tell us, how do you know that he will not? Do you personally know Piper and his family? Have you seen him act in any way that would show that he is without a conscience? Probably not. In regard to your summons for jury duty – instead of complaining about the system like a great number of people do, you could maybe try getting involved to help change the system. If you did do your jury duty maybe, just maybe, you would find out exactly how our system works and realize that it is not like some moronic TV show. And yes, I have served on a number of juries, and no, I do not know Piper or his family.

Surrey Now February 23 2012  

Surrey Now February 23 2012

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