Next election Chilliwack has to do better

If you could have voted but neglected that privilege, you should evaluate your indifference and lethargy.

Your recent stern reprimand to the majority of the Chilliwack electorate certainly was appropriate (The 15 per cent, Progress, Nov. 22). As others have stated, all the candidates who ran for public office, councils and boards are to be congratulated for taking the time, effort and personal expenses to contribute to a better community are all deserving of better support and appreciation at the polls. The pathetically low turnout, less than 20 per cent of eligible voters, reflects a lack of appreciation for the blessings, privileges and protection we enjoy as Canadians and, yes, residents of Chilliwack. Compare our social and living conditions and infrastructure with the lot of 65 per cent of the global population living in abject poverty and all which that entails, day after day.

My conclusion is if you could have voted but neglected that privilege, you should evaluate your indifference and lethargy, repent and get to the polls on the next round. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do likewise. Surely this is the duty of every responsible Canadian citizen.

George H. Epp

Chilliwack,B.C .