LETTER: No rainbow crosswalks, no Christmas decorations on lamp posts

‘Intended use of lamp posts is to give light to the streets and keep our streets safe’

Rainbow sidewalks are special interest, divisive, and not the intended use of a city sidewalk.

I agree with Mayor Ken Popove the precedent could be set. Special interest should not be allowed in Chilliwack politics.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack council votes to deny rainbow crosswalk request

So, with that, I am asking Mayor and Council to take down Christmas decorations on our lamp posts this year. The intended use of lampposts is to give light to the streets and keep our streets safe, not for hanging Christmas decorations. Is council willing to distract drivers and put our kids and streets at risk by hanging such things from our lampposts? This would be an operational hazard to our city and a waste of taxpayer dollars to have special interest/faith symbols hang from city property.

The precedent is set. Let’s remove all special interest in our politics.

Or are we willing to admit LGBTQ2+ are not a special interest group, but a community of people who are included in this community and are represented by actual leaders?

Tom Balakshin

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