Monday, November 10, 2014

Stand On Guard

We applaud those who will run for government election, especially when we aren’t willing to do it ourselves. Way to go. Thank you for your service and all that. That is fine and good.

At the same time, be aware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing. There are those who are smooth and slick, but very corrupt. They are there solely to serve their own interests. They are many, lest we forget.

Watch for those who seem to say the right words, but are empty of meaning. Don't be fooled by the quick smile that covers up phoniness.

Stand guard against the ones who will steal and destroy. They can be very subtle.

Stand guard.

Friday, November 7, 2014

What Is Unsightly

Sometimes it seems there are a few citizens in Greenwood obsessed with eradicating so called “unsightly premises”. Never do you hear of such natterers going to the “offensive” party and saying, “Is there some way I can assist you in cleaning up?” Their method is more often one of a back-stabber in the shadows.

In the past couple of years, one of the victims of such snipers has been the Anglican Church.

I decided to visit the church grounds this summer and see for myself what the fuss was about.

The first thing I noticed was enterprise, something lacking among the crybabies of the world. There were many individual garden beds neatly laid out, each one maintained by a different individual of the community.

The second thing that struck me was the green; everywhere there was growth.

The third noticeable characteristic was the friendly people. Totally absent was the toxic political atmosphere so often found around city hall and coffee shops. There were just helpful friendly folks who wanted the best for each other.

This was a habitation in which to feel warm and wanted; a safe and healing refuge in a cruel world of hate, hurt and rejection.

It is my understanding that two handicapped individuals come by from time to time and know they also can feel secure in the surrounds.

All together it seemed like a very pleasant place; what was unsightly was not at all evident.

Sometimes it seems like the “unsightly” people want every place to look neat, trim and tidy like a graveyard. Of course, a graveyard is full of empty bodies with no life. This church yard was very much alive.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Answers To Questions

The Regional District has returned answers to the questions posed in a previous article “Big Brother's Cameras”.

A Mr. Tim Dueck gave voice for the government indicating:
- The cameras do have an impact on users’ behaviour.
- The cameras are functioning.
- The cameras were installed about 5 years ago. They cost about a $1000 per camera plus a couple of hundred for the DVR.
- The RDKB pays the United Church an annual rental fee for hosting the cameras.

A visitor to the Greenwood recycle bin on Thanksgiving Day gave a different voice to the situation. She said, “I don’t think the cameras are working too well! The bin is full of garbage.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Longer Municipal Terms

You could see the matrix of it beginning to form at a Union of BC Municipalities meeting long ago. It started as hardly a murmur but over the years it grew in volume until, in a typical insidious bureaucratic manner, it formed full fruition. I’m talking about the increase in the length of Municipal elected terms from three years to four. It starts almost immediately.

It could easily be argued that it was voted in by politicians presently in power, who want to stay in power longer, with average citizen getting no direct vote.

The loudest reason the government gave for the extended term was to give Mayors and councils more time to complete their projects and agendas; they deemed three year terms to be too short.

They waved a totally false flag and lulled people easily to sleep with this politically correct sounding logic.

Truth be told, if a Mayor and council are good, sound and popular they find easy re-election, comfortably giving them six years to complete their projects or mandates.

The danger of a four year term is that if you are stuck with an incompetent or corrupt mayor and council --- which does happen --- then they are with you for four long years. Under the present system you could democratically turf them out after three.

There is a definite sadness in having your democratic right to vote delayed for one year and having that decree imposed upon you.

Three years is not so terribly long; after four, politicians are more entrenched. A former Greenwood mayoral candidate noted, “They don’t just become entrenched; you’ll never get them out.”

But what do you think? Was three years the right amount of time? Or are four year terms better?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Big Brother's Cameras

Why do Greenwood residents have two government cameras constantly staring down upon them at the recycle bin? The original reason given years ago was that too many malfeasants were simply abandoning unwanted items there and the placement of the cameras would greatly assist the stoppage of such actions.

Now, half a decade later, there is much evidence to suggest this is not working. So again the question: Why do Greenwood residents have two government cameras constantly staring down upon them at the recycle bin? If the two cameras are not doing their intended job, why are they still there?

Ignoring the facts that continual government surveillance is demeaning, an assault on liberty and dignity, and furthers the general government drive towards complete submissiveness, their very existence opens up numerous other instant questions such as: are they even working, what did the cameras cost, are they also available to the police, is the church receiving money to host the cameras?

The last question opens up a possible interesting area of interest as well. Since the church has never paid taxes, even though it has substantial land holdings, it would be ironic if the government pays the church money.

However, since we don’t have definitive answers to these questions and they may need correction, they are now traveling to the Regional District for a response.

The driving force for the inquiry largely comes from the experience of two very crippled men in town with severe mobility challenges. They tend not to go out in public much, not wanting to be the object of the stares of looky-loos and gawkers. They go the recycle-bin in off-hours when there is no one around to observe them. They manage climbing the stairs up to the bin and the handling of the recyclables, but it is done with much difficulty and awkwardness, sometimes with drilling pain. There is, however, a deep satisfaction in accomplishing the task alone and independently, no matter how distressed it might appear.

But then there are those government cameras constantly monitoring them, watching every move.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Continuous Long Disturbance

Intruding loud, booming music broadcast itself from the middle of Greenwood --- where East meets West --- last night from mid-evening to somewhere near 3am or beyond. It disturbed, robbed or broke the sleep of some --- not a pleasant experience.

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Sound: Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycle


Spacex will be delivering two new items to the space station: an espresso machine and a 3-D printer --- designed specifically to function in zero gravity to produce spare parts, crew tools, and components for cubesats, a mini satellite for research.

One Person’s View Of The Not So Distant Past

It is city-tax paying time again in Greenwood, and it brings memories from the past.

What jumps to the front was the huge tax increase in Greenwood last year. It wasn’t called a big tax increase and technically it can be argued that it wasn’t. The fact, however, is that I had to take more than one hundred and ten dollars extra out of my pocket and put in the City of Greenwood coffers. If they had called it a whopping, absolutely necessary, painful tax increase, I might not have felt so bitter. For the most part they simply called them utility payments.

Under the smokescreen that the City was subsidizing the garbage and water, sixty and fifty dollars respectively were added to the steadily growing annual utility bill. Since only the tax-payers pay for what the city spends, to say the garbage and water were subsidized rang massively hollow.

What was noticed was that with the complete shift of all garbage and water expenses from general expenses to the utilities, they now escaped the softening effect of the home-owners’ grant. It no longer covered them.
One might have expected, that with the two expense items moving in their entirety from the general taxation side of the ledger to utilities, there would have been a drop in the general taxes. But that didn't happen; they increased as well.

Perhaps what left a feeling of stronger resentment and distaste is that the average citizen received a 22% increase in their water tax while businesses, apartment buildings and the like received only 3%. The false flag raised there was that businesses don’t water their lawns, so their increase is less. “Untrue,” says a former city councilman, “The watering of lawns was factored into the water taxes very long ago. On that reasoning, the increase should have been the same for everyone.”

When asked if it was just a break for the business people and a shift of burden upon the little guy, he responded, “Exactly.”

I agree with him. The people most able to pay got the big break in taxes; the average family already struggling to get by, the pensioners who make up a large segment of Greenwood on very fixed and immovable incomes, the disabled, and the unemployed and welfare recipients fortunate enough to still own their homes picked up the slack.

It is the way of the world; the well-off get more well-off and the poor get poorer. (The well-off never consider themselves well-off; they think it is those elusive other guys who make more than them.)

It isn’t so much that we had to pay a lot more (though that surely does count); it is the way that it was done that left a foul and long-lasting taste.

Even though some people's taxes decreased this year by a few dollars, (and that is sweet), the perception of having being fed less than straight talk last year is not easily erased.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Warm Day

On this day in 2001, the temperature in Greenwood reached 95 degrees (35C).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Simple Question

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Do you believe in Him?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Common Sense Efficient Freedom

Golf carts will now be allowed on the city streets in Leesburg, Florida.

Carts are permitted between 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset. Those with headlights, taillights, and turn signals may operate between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

In order to operate on city streets, all carts must have efficient breaks, a rear-view mirror, safe tires, reliable steering, red reflects on both the front and back, along with brake lights and a windshield.

Drivers must be 18 years old and have a valid driver's license.

One tries hard to imagine the BC provincial government or any of its repressive underlings daring to even think of such basic freedom.

Surprising Results?

The Weather Channel took a survey of 2,500 people asking, “Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?”
 Responding in the negative were 63%, compared to 37% who said yes.

Could it be that so many defied the mainstream media and advertiser commands to do what they were programmed to do?