Fraser Valley residents can help preserve what they love by signing petition |

Fraser Valley residents can help preserve what they love by signing petition

To the Editor:

Having been involved in this experience (the Fraser Rec Center) from its conception, it has been quite a ride and I have learned a lot about the ways of this valley.

I’ve learned that like most small towns, people are skeptical, that it’s difficult to get them to believe that they can change something that they feel is inevitable.

They may not like the way things are evolving in their community, but they don’t think anything can be done about it. They complain after work over beers or moan about it in the grocery store, but few are willing to take the time, energy, and effort to actually become proactive about a problem.

For almost a year Pat Rupert has been the one person that has actually put himself on the line and said, “Enough, already”. He has taken the flack from nay-sayers. He has been slammed in the papers and on the street by people who don’t know him.

But still he moves forward. He continues to fight for a community where he has invested over 30 years of his life.

When he has become discouraged, someone inevitably has called and said, “Keep up the good work,” or “Don’t give up”. People from all walks of the valley encourage him daily, urging him on with what is sometimes a lonely fight. I can’t tell what these words of encouragement mean.

Now it’s time for all of those people who have been on the sidelines to step forward and fight for the valley that they love. This is not the first developer that has come in throwing his cash around pretending to be somebody, but he is the first to so overwhelmingly convince a taxing entity to finance a “private” building project.

This board has signed a contract that may already put our bond standing in jeopardy. This is a board that would not listen to anyone who did not agree with their agenda.

Every single thing that we have told the board that we would do we have done. It is a perfect example of the deaf ears that they turn toward this community. They are still responsible for millions of bond dollars. Considering the blunders that they have performed up till now, do you feel comfortable with their continued charge of the rec district purse strings?

I challenge the citizens to stand up and be counted. To do something that could change the way things are done here in the future , and to send a message to future developers that this is not a place where they can come in and force their way into our lives. Have the courage to sign these petitions, to be the one to say, “Enough, already.”

You can change the things that are going on. If you don’t feel like you have enough information, then call and ask. Take a stand and make a difference.

Viki Bale


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