Respect for each other is needed

Millions can march in the streets. Political leaders can declare war on the actions of others. But nothing will change.

Dear Editor:

Millions can march in the streets. Political leaders can declare war on the actions of others. But nothing will change.

Instead, there may well be a hardening of activities to further inflame the situation.

Ideas are stronger than bullets, for bullets attack the body, not the soul.

The long, sad history of worldwide religion-inspired atrocities proves that the only way people will be able to live together in peace —as we in Canada believe happens in our multicultural society — is for basic rights for all and respect shown, each to the other.

Fanatics are not reasonable people. They are so sure they are right they can accept no other view.

Freedom of speech must be tempered with some discretion when mocking religious beliefs of others.

Only when people are ready to listen and hear will people recognize any value or validity in differing religions and customs.

Only then can calm discussion occur and hopefully bring about not necessarily conversion but peaceful understanding and acceptance.

Sheila White



Just Posted

Sharing Christmas with strangers through NeighbourLink match-up

Summerland initiative matches hosts and guests for special Christmas dinner experience

Summerland utility rates to rise

Increases for water, sewer and electrical utilities will be considered

Event to mark winter solstice

Ceremony on Dec. 21 will be held on Munson Mountain

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15-to-19 year-olds, including one in Coldstream

LETTER: Disrespectful behaviour not a reality

During the entire Banks Crescent section of the meeting, there was not a whisper from the crowd

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Charges in car wash shooting stalled

Court waits for police watchdog report on Salmon Arm incident.

B.C. Mountie told to resign after texting teenage sex assault victim

RCMP documents say Const. Brian Eden sent sexually inappropriate photos to 17-year-old girl

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction, not shun patients: scientist

B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s Dr. Evan Wood said efforts underway to change addiction medicine image

Four dog deaths investigated in Cranbrook

One vet suggests a parallel to these deaths and similar ones in 2016

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

Border officers rally at B.C.’s Peace Arch

CBSA employees tire of ‘lack of respect’

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

Move rolls back restrictions that keep big providers from blocking services they don’t like

Performance embodies true meaning of Christmas

Caravan Farm Theatre presents O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi by Maristella Roca until Dec. 31

Most Read