Letters

Surrey City Hall. (File photo)

LETTER: Hang onto your wallets

Reader asks when is a tax not a tax, but a levy?

  • Jan 2, 2021
Surrey City Hall. (File photo)
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LETTER: Quick fix for communication crisis

The more we can do to ease burden on overworked health care providers, the better

  • Jan 1, 2021
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Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum poses with an example of a Surrey Police cruiser after his State of the City Address at Civic Hotel on May 7. (Photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER: Tell us the actual cost of the Surrey Police Service

Reader says more communication needed

  • Dec 31, 2020
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum poses with an example of a Surrey Police cruiser after his State of the City Address at Civic Hotel on May 7. (Photo: Amy Reid)
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

LETTER: B.C. teachers’ human rights are being violated

Reader says teachers are dealing with mental, physical harm during pandemic

  • Dec 30, 2020
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
(File photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER: McCallum must go

Reader says Surrey mayor is so out of touch with what residents need

  • Dec 28, 2020
(File photo: Amy Reid)
RCMP in Surrey in December 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

LETTER: A simple thank-you

In response to the column written by editor Beau Simpson

  • Dec 27, 2020
RCMP in Surrey in December 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey homicide victim Carlos Palafox. (IHIT photo)

LETTER: End the double standards

Reader says it’s upsetting the way journalists stigmatize homeless people

  • Dec 26, 2020
Surrey homicide victim Carlos Palafox. (IHIT photo)
Harley Chappell is on the left in this photo which appeared on a Facebook tribute page in August of 2018. Facebook photo

LETTER: Remove Chappell from Surrey Police Board now

Reader asks premier, public safety minister to remove Harley Chappell from board

  • Dec 25, 2020
Harley Chappell is on the left in this photo which appeared on a Facebook tribute page in August of 2018. Facebook photo
If you knew your neighbours were hosting a gathering of people from outside their immediate household, in contravention of B.C.’s current COVID-19 guidelines, would you report them to the authorities? (Unsplash photo)

LETTER: Gatherings need not be banned

Reader says latest rules are having serious unintended consequences

  • Dec 24, 2020
If you knew your neighbours were hosting a gathering of people from outside their immediate household, in contravention of B.C.’s current COVID-19 guidelines, would you report them to the authorities? (Unsplash photo)
A church member prays during a Good Friday service at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LETTER: Questions about faith

Reader asks what might be the result of charges, instead of fines

  • Dec 21, 2020
A church member prays during a Good Friday service at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LETTER: Seize this opportunity

Reader says you will come out of this COVID interruption a better human being

  • Dec 20, 2020
A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Fitness Studio at the Comox Recreation Centre opens June 24, weekdays 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with pre-registered admissions. (Pixabay)

LETTER: COVID-19 mixed-messaging is awful

Reader says the rules confuse them

  • Dec 19, 2020
The Fitness Studio at the Comox Recreation Centre opens June 24, weekdays 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with pre-registered admissions. (Pixabay)
Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell addresses the Metro Vancouver board at 2018 public hearing. (Tracy Holmes photo)

LETTER: Remove Chappell from Surrey Police Board now

Reader says board should be disbanded because there is no transparency

  • Dec 18, 2020
Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell addresses the Metro Vancouver board at 2018 public hearing. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Surrey’s city council being sworn in on Nov. 5, 2018. (File photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER: Kudos to courageous Surrey councillors

Reader says raising taxes is unconscionable

  • Dec 17, 2020
Surrey’s city council being sworn in on Nov. 5, 2018. (File photo: Amy Reid)
A church member prays during a Good Friday service at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LETTER: Churches should be open

Reader says churches should be treated the same as fast-food restaurants

  • Dec 12, 2020
A church member prays during a Good Friday service at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LETTER: Churches spread love

Reader says churches spread love, joy and peace throughout the city

  • Dec 11, 2020
A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

LETTER: Health-care workers need self care

Registered nurse says she suffers from PTSD

  • Dec 10, 2020
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
A Surrey letter writer wants stores to provide more employment and municipalities to ban self checkouts. (Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett)

LETTER: Women hit hardest economically by coronavirus, Surrey woman argues

Petition calls on area municipalities to ban self-checkouts to boost women’s employment

  • Dec 9, 2020
A Surrey letter writer wants stores to provide more employment and municipalities to ban self checkouts. (Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett)
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

LETTER: Please, some respect for what you have taken

Abbotsford-raised pastor rails against ‘constant condescension’ of Dr. Henry

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum during a meeting in 2019 of the city’s Public Safety Committee, which he has dissolved, instead creating the Police Transition Advisory Committee. (File photo: Amy Reid)

LETTER: Surrey’s mayor isn’t trustworthy

Reader asks if we should believe the mayor

  • Dec 5, 2020
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum during a meeting in 2019 of the city’s Public Safety Committee, which he has dissolved, instead creating the Police Transition Advisory Committee. (File photo: Amy Reid)