Have an opinion on something going on in the community? Email us editor@theprogress.com.

LETTER: Chilliwack trustee shouldn’t concern himself with bra straps

‘Luckily there are fewer and fewer of these dinosaurs in positions of power’

School board trustee Darrell Furgason invited Chilliwack parents to share their views on dress codes. I’m a Chilliwack parent. I agree with a non-sexist dress code. I note Mr. Furgason likes to frequently mention bras and cleavage to whoever will listen to his pontifications. He did it again in his diatribe in the local paper. Frankly, I’m concerned about him.

I spent a significant number of years coaching female and male athletes. Many of my students were provincial champions and I even had national champions prior to joining the public service. My athletes ranged in age from five to 55 and 95 per cent were girls or women.

The sport was figure skating and, as you can guess, the athletes wore very little clothing. Sometimes they even had “wardrobe malfunctions.”

I can tell you though, as a professional with solid values and ethics, I wasn’t worried about (or even talking about) their “cleavage or bras.” I do believe that is the type of talk that would get one banned from working with youth (and rightly so I might add).

So get on with it, board members. Let the committee study a non-biased dress code that allows boys and girls to dress in clothes that give them confidence in who they are as individuals, not in the clothes that old prudish people think are “proper” or “modest.”

Luckily there are fewer and fewer of these dinosaurs in positions of power but, until they are all gone, I will continue to be a voice for reason over rhetoric.

Peter Lang

Just Posted

VIDEO: Bloodhounds join the search for missing Chilliwack woman

Petsearchers Canada arrive in town Monday afternoon to help out

‘No little nook and cranny that’s too small’ in search for Chilliwack woman, say RCMP

Residents urged by police to assist in search for Grace Baranyk by checking property thoroughly

Search continues for missing elderly woman in Chilliwack

RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue and community members combing area for Grace Baranyk

Big Chill a hot event in Langley

Flight Museum holds “ask the pilot panel” and demos flights for young pilots over the weekend

VIDEO: Hiker airlifted from Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park Sunday

Park east of Chilliwack popular with tourist and B.C. residents who walk up to the falls

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

It’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Advocates want charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

Chuckwagon races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede, a 10-day annual celebration of western life

Most Read