Letter to the editor.

This gentleman wrote a letter:

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130523/KAMLOOPS0303/130529956/-1/kamloops/left-wing-diatribes-getting-tiresome

I responded.

Dear editor,

Just a little response to Mr Holmes Letter of May 22.

I’m growing a little tired by all of this “left-wing/right-wing” labeling.

It serves zero purpose.

It’s just a way to describe those who disagree with you in a negative light.

The problem with this system is it leaves zero room for the vast plethora of people who are in the middle. Full disclosure, I’ve aligned myself with people who describe themselves as “lefties,” or “Luka (Magnotta) lefties,” as the people on the Sun News Network call them.

I also come from a rich history of blue collar people…Folks who worked the land, mechanics, miners, linemen, loggers, ranchers and even saddle bronc riders. I also come from a history of healthcare workers, teachers and other types of government employees.

Mr Holmes gives an example of, what I assume is the Israel/Palestinian issue.  Likud, Benjamin Netanyahu’s own party has a charter which says there will NEVER be a Palestinian state west of the River Jordan. Neither party wants peace in the Middle East.

Mr Holmes also suggests that living in caves is the alternative to finding other ways to avoiding damage to the environment. Hyperbole much? Does the mass extraction of copper hold new and fabulous technological advances?? We’ve been using it for over 11 thousand years. Perhaps some people, who have more to offer our city, aside from property tax payments and Walmart purchases, do not wish to live next to a hole in the ground. They deserve a voice too Mr Holmes. It can’t ALWAYS be about money.

FInally, Mr Holmes talks about Aboriginal people. I’ll never understand some people’s perspective of Aboriginals. They’ll never know what it’s like to be treated as second class citizens in their own country. I’m half Aboriginal and I know what it’s like. I’ve been denied the ability to purchase mouthwash. “Some people drink it,” said the clerk, not knowing she was talking to a University student who made the Dean’s list. Folks like Mr Holmes will never be told “You’re so well spoken for an Indian,” or “You’re the only Indian I’ve met that I can respect.” I suppose that’s part of the whole social justice thing eh?

Rather than waste our time calling each other far left and far right, why don’t we call each other what we really are?

Human beings.

We’re just a bunch of failed apes trying to make it on this rock that supports life on part of it’s land mass only part of the time.

Maybe if we had a place to be together to remember that?  When’s the next Peace Walk?
Joey Jack

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