Letter: Brevity in support of Coulter Berry does not diminish sincerity

Dear Editor,

Mr. Blackhall [Coulter Berry judgment day may determine council’s judgment day, March 31 Letters, www.langleyadvance.com] wrote that the speakers opposed to the Coulter Berry building at the public hearings had “courage… sincerity” and were “well reasoned” and “heartfelt,” while many in favour simply made brief statements of support and sat back down.

I chose to be brief for the following reasons.

The main issue at these hearings, in my opinion, was to counter the incessant claim by the opposition that there was no support for the project in Fort Langley, and I felt that was best done with a simple statement of support.

My opinions were well articulated to the mayor and council in multiple letters sent to each of them, as well as being expressed publicly in multiple letters to the editor during both rounds of this process.

This had gone on long enough, and all the pro and con arguments had been expressed to the point where it would be unrealistic to think that members of council – or anyone on either side of the debate – could be persuaded one way or the other by hearing the same two-year-old arguments repeated over and over and over again, hundreds of times.

The process allows people to use the full five minutes to speak, and I am glad I live in a democratic country that allows that, and good on those who chose to. However, I felt it would have been discourteous of me to bore people by presenting a case that had already been presented many times in the past two years, or by prattling on for half the time allowed recalling the biographical facts of my 26 years living in Langley.

It does not mean that my opinions in this matter are not heartfelt, well reasoned, or sincere, or that I and the many others who spoke in favour lack the courage of our convictions.

Jamie Clark, Fort Langley

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