Private partiesa good solution
What can’t/don’t Paul Andreassen and his Skinnydipper Services understand about the word ‘no?’
It’s like a pestering child.
As a previous letter-writer stated, society does have community standards and public nudity is not one of them.
But I have an idea. Since this group is keen on swimming, surely one of their members must have an indoor pool. Why not organize your swim parties there? You could all chip in for food and beverages – make it a social potluck – and pool chemicals, so as not to impose on your host.
You’d have a wonderful, hassle-free time. Think about it.
Marlene Penner, Surrey
No need to
Letter-writer Bernadette Percy (Celtic calendar leaves us blushing, Nov. 21) needs to take a deep breath and relax.
I, too, am an Irish-born woman, and if there is one thing the Irish are famous for, it’s their sense of humour and ability to laugh at themselves.
There is absolutely no reason she should feel “shocked and humiliated” on behalf of her Irish sisters featured in the calendar in all their gorgeous Celtic glory.
I am sorry Percy seems to have been behind the door when the sense of humour was handed out.
I would recommend that she rent the movie “Calendar Girls.” It tells the true story of a bunch of middle-aged women who come together to raise money for another good cause, by posing naked for a calendar, while being tastefully screened by everyday objects. It is a hoot.
There are enough things in the world to get steamed up about. This isn’t one of them.
Linda Coulter, White Rock
Women can be
I read the letter, Celtic calendar leaves us blushing, and the final sentence – “We are shocked and humiliated” – left me speechless.
If the writer was referring to the one picture in the paper, I see more skin on the beach in White Rock in the summer, and almost as much in a hotel dining room when women wear strapless evening dresses.
I know one of the women in the photo and I believe she does not only “cherish her Irish femininity” but is also funny, caring, has a great sense of humour, and is, in every sense of the word, feminine.
To me, she shares and celebrates her Irish pride and identity every day of her life, not just once.
If the Women’s Institute Calendar from England is any indicator, we might see these “young” ladies in a movie one day, and my hat goes off to them – and any other item of clothing – as they proudly show off their Celtic heritage, and hopefully raise tons of money for their favourite charity.
I won’t think anything less of the writer and her “Irish friends.” In fact, I admire the Irish Women’s Network of BC for doing it and hope the writer and friends will support them and buy a calendar.
Chris Johnson, Surrey
Re: Power of the people could not be ignored, Nov. 21.
The editorial was correct. People responded in overwhelming condemnation of the police, in the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver airport.
However, there is no doubt they were influenced by the power of the press. The facts indicate that people responded in an emotional manner and not a competent and rational manner, as a result of media frenzy and some inaccurate reporting.
Daily media reports have been rife with speculation and opinions, while short on facts.
Your editorial mentioned the power of people in a democracy. According to views expressed in talk shows and letters, many people have denied the police the right that every criminal or suspect has in our democratic society – the right to a fair trial or an independent inquiry based on all the facts, before determining guilt or fault.
Many people have blamed the police for a tragic death, without even knowing the cause of death or the results of the autopsy. The coroner’s inquest to determine why and how Dziekanski met his death, will not be convened for months.
The only evidence we have is a video which shows the police dealing with a large and violent individual in a non-threatening manner.
As an alternative to using the Taser, some people suggest the police should have used physical force to subdue him. What if this action resulted in serious injury or death? Would we then have suggested the police should have used the Taser?
The police have to act instinctively in violent situations and could not have foreseen the outcome of the Taser use. The Taser has been used effectively many times without incident. A recent television program showed journalists being zapped with the Taser for demonstration purposes. Last week, provincial justice ministers met and gave unanimous approval for the continued use of Tasers by police.
With respect to allegations of excessive force, I have seen this video many times, and did not see the police pile on the suspect, as the media suggested. The video shows the police with their backs to the camera, apparently attempting to restrain and subdue the suspect.
The least we can do is give the police the benefit of the doubt at this time, and wait for the results of the independent inquiries and investigations being conducted.
Charles Parrott, Surrey
Where did all the newspaper carriers go?
I’m a paper carrier. I deliver almost six days a week, sometimes helping deliver the Peace Arch News.
I enjoy the exercise and getting paid.
Lately we seem to have a real shortage of carriers, and the carriers who are out there have more than enough to deliver.
Now, we all love our free papers, but if the carriers aren’t there, then the papers aren’t either.
Most routes take about an hour, and you get some good exercise and fresh air. Yes, sometimes it rains, but a good rain coat and a hot shower when you’re done – and that hot chocolate as you curl up in your favorite chair knowing that you’ve had that good walk the doctor ordered – makes it all worth it.
Should you be interested in a route in your area, please feel free to call the circulation office.
Sue Rick, Delta