Letters to the editor 

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Lhasa, Tibet

I am a seven year old boy who lives here. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, I was riding the village shuttle. I had my new CD player with me that I had saved for months for. I was very excited because I had waited a long time to get one like my big sisters. I even had special music in it that my mom listened to when she was little. I had it sitting on the seat and someone stole it from me.

My mom and dad said they will help me to buy another one, but this one was special because I bought it with my own money. If you are finished with it, can you please give it to any bus driver and they will phone me.

Michael Overbeck

Whistler

Let’s say there’s a matter of importance to me and my only intent is to make some noise about it. My noise making comes in the form of putting a loaded gun to someone’s head and then pulling the trigger. Later I claim that it wasn’t my intent to kill them, but only to make noise.

My harsh example demonstrates the same logic being used by Keith Lambert. Media reports indicate that it wasn’t Lambert’s intention for health care to lose $1 million. While his intent can’t be challenged, it’s clear he understood the consequences of his actions and proceeded with legal threats against the RMOW regardless and in full knowledge of those consequences.

When the RMOW changed the original re-zoning application to prevent legal action by Lambert, not only did local heath care lose a $1 million donation, but the Whistler Fishery Stewardship Group also lost a $15,000 donation and WORCA $10,000.

The Nita Lake Lodge Development proposal has been before the community for a few years and has been publicly reviewed, discussed and debated with great intensity. The pros and cons of the development have all been said so many times before and there is no need to say more about them here.

Through all the varied positions, bravado, politics, rhetoric and posturing and despite the final outcome of the development, one consequential fact remains. If Keith Lambert had not taken the action he did, teleradiology would have been available at the Whistler Heath Care Centre (WHCC) in the coming year. Now it will not and the leading edge diagnostic technology is not likely to arrive anytime soon.

Teleradiology would have allowed the doctors and nurses at the WHCC to do the amazing job they do, even better. Determining whether or not to put seriously injured patients into helicopters or ambulances for transport down the Sea to Sky corridor will have to be made without the best available technology. As a result, lives are going to be put at greater risk. Hopefully it won’t be your life or that of someone you love or know.

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