Letters Jan. 8: Langford council meetings; a name that starts with K; pace of mail

Credit union branch will be missed

Coast Capital Savings is closing its James Bay branch. Yet, Coast brags about serving the community, and being ­passionate about doing what is best for the ­communities.

The James Bay community is composed of a significant number of seniors who have reduced mobility, many do not have the ability to travel to other branches.

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Coast Capital is depriving this senior community of vital banking services. According to the 2016 census, for those 60 to 100 years old, for Greater Victoria, this group amounted to 28 per cent of the population, whereas for James Bay this group accounted for 43 per cent of the population.

On its website, Coast states it ­considers being a good corporate ­citizen, this being its heritage, saying it was formed to make banking fair and ­accessible when the banks would not.

Closing the James Bay branch is not making fair and accessible banking for those seniors who live in the area.

It is about profits above the needs of the community.

Roger Cyr
Victoria

Mourning the loss of a credit union branch

It is with profound sadness and despair I announce the death of the James Bay Coast Capital Credit Union on Saturday.

I was a 44 years faithful member from 1975-2021. Left to mourn are hundreds of upset and disgruntled former satisfied clients.

The cause of death is a malignant cancer called “corporate greed” and “human Indifference.”

There will be no celebration due to COVID-19 and outrage.

Anne Boldt
James Bay

Record Langford council meetings now

Re: “Under pressure, Langford to share audio recording of meetings, and eventually livestream,” Jan. 7.

When I was interviewed for this article, I was under the impression that the upcoming Langford planning and zoning committee meeting of Jan. 11 would be recorded. Since Langford is already using Zoom for teleconferencing calls, it is merely the simple push of a button to record a meeting.

Why will they not record this meeting where key discussions will take place regarding the biggest development proposal under application at city hall to date? What are they trying to hide? Do they not want the public to hear the citizen comments? Do they not want the public to know how little discussion (if any) takes place amongst committee members before a zoning proposal is approved?

They must record the planning and zon ing committee meeting now.

Do this for the taxpaying citizens of Langford, who strive to be a part of the democratic process. Do not keep us in the dark. Langford, turn on the recording capacity within Zoom for this Monday’s important meeting of the planning and zoning committee.

J.A. Scott
Fairway Neighbours Unite
Langford

Priceless words on modern baby names

Thanks to the letter-writer on Jan. 5 who gave me the laugh of the day when she took a Karenish stance on Jack Knox’s column on baby names. The irony is rich!

I had initially glossed over the piece as I don’t plan on naming any more babies. Had to rescue it from the recycle bin, and laughed all over again.

Priceless!

Don Barkley
Port Alberni

Check the new meaning of the name Karen

Jack Knox was so correct and is living in our modern age.

I would suggest the reader who objected to Jack’s statement about calling a baby Karen in 2020 needs to go online to view the word meaning of Karen.

It is not complimentary.

Barb Sirinic
Victoria

Rude, arrogant and even offensive

I couldn’t help but offer a rebuttal to a Jan. 5 letter.

If the writer had “googled” Karen, and done her research, she would have found that the name had become a meme for a woman who is “rude, arrogant and offensive.”

Nancy Craig
Saanich

Vaccine rollout is priority No. 1

The most important thing provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and her team can do now is saving lives, rolling up their sleeves and speeding up the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Every hour, every day counts, it’s an emergency, no time for politics. Act now, act fast.

David Westler
Oak Bay

Remembering the days of twice-daily mail

I sympathize with the writer who expressed frustration of Canada Post when a card from Edmonton takes a month to get to the Island.

My daughter also lives in Edmonton and is great about sending out Christmas cards. She sent them all out the first week of December.

I just got mine, almost a month later, well after her best friend — who lives in Australia.

Hard to believe in my lifetime there was twice-a-day delivery, twice a day pickup (once on Saturdays) and letters guaranteed to arrive the next day. Boy does that age me!

Betty Wurtz
Shawnigan Lake

Cards were delayed in the mail

I was interested to see I wasn’t the only one whose Christmas card deliveries were delayed.

I mailed some cards on Dec. 8 from Saanich and one arrived in Lake Cowichan two weeks later and one made it to Sooke in two and half weeks.

A friend who lives a 10-minute walk away from us received her card yesterday, almost a month after it was mailed. I can only imagine how long it will take for our relatives in California and Hawaii to receive theirs.

I understand that Christmas is a busy time for the postal service and this year there would have been more deliveries then usual, but even so.

I would like to thank all the mail carriers who do their utmost every day to provide the best service possible.

Fran Harper
Victoria

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