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Looking forward to Chapter Two

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Imagine in 10 years a skateboard park beside the hydro lines that may or may not have been upsized to over double the present strength (230 to 500 kV, just like Tsawwassen was) but what is worse, the bike park is right underneath. You see your kids playing there every time you go to town. Is this thought making you happy?

Pioneer Park is plenty big enough for the skateboard park without cutting any of the beautiful cedar trees (heaven forbid), make it work. I remember reading the "Things to Do" list upon which was to take down the fence at Pioneer Park... enough said about that.

Now for the legacy. The park and ride, of which people have said there will be "no legacy" is staring you in the face. Can you not see a fabulous bike park sitting there beside the creek? Would VANOC help fund such an endeavour, putting some of its hard-earned profits to good use? Don't know... not my department.

Well I hope you all have a great New Year. Make it so!

Richard Klinkhamer

Pemberton & Whistler

 

Marketed beliefs and unbeliefs

At this time of the year every year, we are asked to believe in the Christmas story. It seems as if this year all year, young Canadian athletes have been asking, "Do you believe?" in the Olympic story. It has been many years since I have considered either part of the Christmas story credible. I can't remember when Santa died. I know my belief in gift giving began to wither when I noticed people with money were exchanging gifts with each other in a vain attempt to make everyone happy. It died when I discovered I couldn't make someone happy. My unbelief grows with each televised attempt to convince me giving a stuffed animal to a "less fortunate" child and a stuffed turkey dinner to a homeless person can make them happy for longer than a TV clip.

I have no problem accepting as fact that about 2,000 years ago a baby named Jesus was born in Bethlehem. I have no doubt while Jesus learned to be a carpenter he developed a view of life which so threatened the keepers of the prevalent view they crucified him. There is no question that the essence of Jesus's view that we "love one another..." will have to quickly become a dominant part of our prevalent view if it matters we survive. However I find the rest of the Christian narrative church fathers created completely unreasonable especially the part about the virgin birth. Knowing Jesus was a child of love is actually more appealing to me than the marketed belief he is the "Son of God."