Letter writers react to a complaint about the a decision to repaint railings along White Rock’s waterfront black.

Letter writers react to a complaint about the a decision to repaint railings along White Rock’s waterfront black.

Don’t rail against our colour shift

Editor:

Re: Feeling blue over painting it black, Aug. 23 letters; Railing paint ‘badly needed,’ Aug. 23.

Editor:

Re: Feeling blue over painting it black, Aug. 23 letters.

As a White Rock resident, I would like to applaud the decision to repaint the railings along the promenade.

The bright blue worked after Expo but – guess what – Expo was a long time ago.

The bright blue was a garish distraction to the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The black railings are much less intrusive.

Blue may be a peaceful and calming colour but not in primary saturation.

As a taxpayer, I feel city manager Dan Bottrill made a very good decision.

Lanette McEachren, White Rock

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How many White Rockians does it take to paint a fence?

Letter-writer Donna Burns’ complaint about the painting of the fence along White Rock’s promenade reminds me of the common joke in Victoria.

How many Victorians does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: One hundred. One to change it, 99 to say they liked the old one better.

Burns’ complaint appears to fit into the same category.

Robert Ramsay, Surrey

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I have been a resident of White Rock since 1969, and I would have to say the black looks great.

Quite distinct and classy.

And as far as safety goes, the blue just blended in and did not alert you to the safeguard from trains that should be noticed.

I would suggest that anyone losing sleep over the new colour may want to be grateful for being alive and healthy enough to see the difference between black and blue, especially after reading about all the deaths and tragedies that have happened in the past week affecting our community.

As the saying goes, don’t sweat the small stuff.

Cindy Small, White Rock

Dark days for White Rock

Re: Railing paint ‘badly needed,’ Aug. 23.

This new city administrator seems to be a dictator of his own desires and is already making decisions based on his personal choices and not in the opinion or wishes of White Rock’s high-tax-paying citizens.

Many taxpayers are appalled and alarmed that after over 25-plus years, the natural and attractive original blue paint enhancing and complementing the seaside-resort landscape is at excessive additional cost arbitrarily changed with no consultation, no input but an enforcement by a new and misdirected city employee.

Are we blackening our beautiful waterfront ?

Are we blackening our beaches?

Are we blackening our gorgeous sunsets?

Are we blackening our invitation to all our visitors?

The costs to change the colour to black is not only wrong but very costly and should be reversed to maintain the original blue.

City manager Dan Bottrill should be charged for these excessive and unnecessary expenses and also be more accountable and sensitive to all taxpayers.

A. & W. Shaw, White Rock