Numerous changes evident over past 65 years

Maybe it is now time for a new “readabout” space. Summerland’s library building sadly lags behind other B.C. communities.

Dear Editor:

At 6 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, Aug. 14, 1948, the CNR passenger train from Toronto pulled in at Edmonton, Alberta after 2.5  days in a sleeper car for me.

So I’ve survived 65 years in Western Canada, the last 25 right here at Legion Village in Summerland.

So what’s new? In Motor City, U.S.A., Detroit, they are seeking bankruptcy protection.

In 1948, what was good for General Motors was good for America.

In Canada’s national capital in 1948, long serving Anglophone Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King was being followed by the Francophone and avuncular Louis St. Laurent.

In Ottawa today, when it comes to staffing the Prime Minister’s Office and approving senators, masculine or feminine, we need someone sharper than Stephen Harper.

Locally, a recent editorial noted that a new soicio-economic survey named West Vancouver the best place in B.C. in which to live while Summerland came in second. “Not good enough” said the headline.

Your front page on Aug. 15 reports “Third roundabout opened.”

Maybe it is now time for a new “readabout” space. Summerland’s library building sadly lags behind other B.C. communities.

Now “too old to die young,” life has been excellent here for me. Ornery enough to live independently, I’m saving federal taxpayers around $3,500 a month and aging more slowly than others 20 years younger.

Many thanks to those of “the greatest generation of the 20th century” who formed the Summerland Senior Citizens’ Housing Society way back in 1972.

Dick Clements



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