LETTER: Tom Fletcher’s column misses the boat

We are confronted with a column that lacks credibility on all fronts

While Tom Fletcher concludes his column with the warning that during an election year, “realism might be in short supply,” in the context of his views of the oil spill in Vancouver harbour, one might make the same conclusion about many of his statements regarding the spill and the response.

For example, Fletcher falls into the trap of referring to the closing of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station as being, after all, only a search and rescue operation, unable to respond to any spill.  Actually, several years prior to its closure, the oil response vessel had been put up on blocks and the response crew stood down or reassigned.  Response potential had been reduced in the effort to save dollars over intelligent response capability.

As is so often with Fletcher’s prose, between pitching softball questions to politicians and gliding over what should be well researched journalism, we are confronted with a column that lacks credibility on all fronts.

Michael Richardson, Victoria

 

 

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