Promenade passersby were separated from opening-night festivities at White Rock Museum & Archives by a fence.

Etiquette invites inclusiveness


Re: Museum reopens its doors, Aug. 16.

It must be the first time that harpist Mehlinda Heartt perfomed in a cage, as shown in your photograph.


Re: Museum reopens its doors, Aug. 16.

It must be the first time that harpist Mehlinda Heartt performed in a cage, as shown in your photograph.

When I happened to walk by the museum on Friday, Aug. 12 at 4:30 p.m., and I saw a two-metre-high steel fence, my first thought was that the circus is coming to town. Then I learned that there was going to be a reception that evening, for the opening of the museum.

It is apparent that the organizers of this event have a complete lack of a basic knowledge how to stage such an event and have shown their ignorance for the simple basic rules of etiquette.

Citizens of White Rock would have understood if the area was roped off by a hawser – in the true marine fashion for a “City By The Sea” – but not a two-metre-high steel fence.

An insult to human intelligence.

I boycotted similar events “behind bars” some years ago – one in Gdynia, the other in Tegucigalpa – much to the dislike of the governments of these countries.

I would do it again; principles come first.

How do MPs or MLAs feel speaking in an area with a a two-metre-high fence around “protecting” them from the people they are supposed to represent?

Apparently they have no feelings.

Iron Curtain time here again!

Wolfgang Schmitz, White Rock


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