Bridge vote an opportunity for Trail

"Only a couple of days left for people to make up their minds on this pedestrian bridge thing. It’s sad to see so much negative feedback."

It’s down to the crunch. Only a couple of days left for people to make up their minds on this pedestrian bridge thing. It’s sad to see so much negative feedback.

I, for one, am sick and tired of living in 1959. Correct me if I am wrong, but the last new addition to the City of Trail since the “new” bridge in 1961 was the Aquatic Centre in the 90s. And didn’t we have to fight to get that?!

For those who think it’s a better idea to have a plan for the old bridge, I’m wondering how many people/businesses build new houses or new offices before they tear down the old one?

Yes, council should make a plan to tear down the old bridge, but the plan would take another decade to fabricate, at least – studies, more engineering reports, environmental assessments . . . In the meantime, we’d be stuck with just the one bridge and no hope of another in most of our lifetimes.

As for coming out of taxes, as mentioned by one letter to the editor last week – to not build the bridge will not reduce any of the taxes we’re already paying.

Trail used to be a city of nearly 14,000 people. We are now half that. If we are to commit to doing something good and right for our town, we’d better do it now before our tax base drops even lower.

People are constantly complaining about how desolate downtown Trail is. This is our only chance to improve on those conditions. We cannot hold a gun to someone’s head and insist they open a business up here.

Nor do I believe said bridge is going to be a tourist attraction. Well, it might. But that’s not the point.

The pedestrian bridge is for us – the people of Trail – to walk, enjoy, have access to the river.

We need this to bring some life back into our town.

Please vote “yes.”

Lana Rodlie


Just Posted

Snowfall warning in effect for Kootenay Boundary

Environment Canada warns of heavy snowfall over night, flurries for Wednesday

Trail auxiliary shares proceeds from gift shop

The funds will go to various Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital departments

Renter beware: Online rental scam happening in Trail

Don’t be giving anyone money if you can’t get keys to have a look or meet the person, realtor warns

Rossland group builds hiking trail FORR everyone

The project will allow people with mobility issues to enjoy the trails in the summer

2019 Colombo Lodge executives

The 2019 men and ladies executives were sworn in at the installation ceremonies earlier this month

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

M’s legend Edgar Martinez, Rivera, Mussina also make the grade

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Most Read