LETTER: The trail is trashed

‘Clearly there is little will to do anything about it’ says writer

Having frequented the Matsqui Trail regularly for the past decade, one experiences the seasons, the frequent change in birds and animals, the harsh winters, the beautiful mountains and the volatile Fraser River.

For those who I talk to, they have gotten used to the discarded old rusty metal Hydro tower that has been left in the farmer’s field for well over a decade now (a testimony of how diligent our government corporations are – an example of responsible recycling and cleanup, as the rest of us are tutored which metal or plastic object goes in which recycle bag every week).

Then there is the aftermath of what this winter’s ice storm has left us. Let’s just say that the Matsqui Trail could easily be a scene in some apocalyptic movie. So far I’ve seen very little in cleaning up all the branches. The trail for the most part has been cleared, yet there are so many branches covering the grassy areas that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to mow the grass later in the season.

The whole thing is a mess. Clearly there is little will to do anything about it. In my generation, we would have emptied the prisons and organized various work details.

But we now live in a sensitive politically correct atmosphere where no decision is the safest thing to do. One needs to recognize that everything we encounters leaves a mirror image of the philosophy of our time.

Egon Speneder

Mission

Just Posted

VIDEO: Woman files complaint over treatment of cat with two broken legs

Ariel Johnston of Abbotsford says her pet was sent home without pain medication

Wyatt Scott seeking mayor’s chair

Believes he has ‘a unique perspective to bridge the way between the previous and next generations

Council candidate Dave Westley says he ‘loves Mission’

Says Mission is a beautiful place filled with an eclectic and diverse group of beautiful people

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Most Read