Very interesting to read last Tuesday's editorial (One-sidedness Hobbles Forum).
Tourism and a strip mine in one city might coexist fine in the minds of some people. It should do well enough for temporary tourists and sporting events, if not for permanent residents.
But for the editorial to concentrate on the "one-sidedness" of the forum is beside the point.
There's a reason why opponents of the mine attend these forums. They know at least one huge and overriding reason why this mine must never show its face in Kamloops: no new doctors will ever choose to live in a polluted airshed.
It matters little that these sessions are attended mostly by citizens heavily against the mine. The one-sidedness so lamented by the editorial is proof of what the thinking people of this town can see clearly.
It almost seems that the editorial staff are undermining the process. They seem to want forums to produce a hearty public support for the mine.
The doctor issue will trump every argument in favour of the mine in the minds of rational people. Unfortunately, we have a large number of irrational ones.