LETTER: 900 signatures is not everyone

When there is vehement opposition to an idea, people don’t speak up for fear of reprisal.

Dear Editor:

As John Arendt noted in the Feb. 16 Summerland Review, when there is vehement opposition to an idea, people don’t speak up for fear of reprisal.

I know, because I am one of them. So here I take a risk to voice an opposite feeling. Nine hundred signatures is not everyone. It is less than 10 per cent.

We might alternatively suggest that 90 per cent are in favour of the project or are neither for nor against. My response to the Banks Crescent development is positive.

I am not a city planner nor a scientist, so I can’t speak to the potential hazards and drawbacks that have been forwarded. We do need to spend time ensuring concerns are investigated and addressed.

As well, though, I have to place trust in the developers and our region’s officials to ensure that due diligence is done, ensuring the big picture is known. I appreciate that a project of this size is willing to invest in Summerland. We need investment in Summerland. So my thought is let’s do this well.

Lorna Hoey

Summerland