Opinion

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

Another heat wave is forecast for the community over the next few days but is not expected to reach the temperatures experienced in June. (File photo)

LETTER: Reach out to Maple Ridge Salvation Army to escape the heat

Letter writer said two neighbours died in June’s heat wave, prompting her to seek out local options

  • Jul 28, 2021
Pitt Meadows council is considering rezoning a section of Harris Road Park to allow construction of a new RCMP detachment. (City of Pitt Meadows screengrab)

LETTER: Better to build new Pitt Meadows detachment now rather than later

Long-time resident said community will need more policing in the future as it grows

  • Jul 29, 2021
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LETTER: Hold churches accountable for ‘atrocities’

Records at the Vatican should be turned over for study, writer suggests

  • Jul 25, 2021
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Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Resident doesn’t appreciate 4 a.m. wake up from ‘Maple Ridge International Speedway’ users

Another local resident has voiced concerns about loud vehicles in the community

  • Jul 25, 2021
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
Pitt Meadows council has approved putting its down detachment at Harris Road park. (Special to The News)

LETTER: Pitt Meadows leaders chided over sneaking through RCMP building approval

Local letter writer knows who won’t be getting votes in the next municipal election

  • Jul 26, 2021
Pitt Meadows council has approved putting its down detachment at Harris Road park. (Special to The News)
Pitt Meadows council is rezoning a section of Harris Road Park to allow construction of a new RCMP detachment. (City of Pitt Meadows screengrab)

LETTER: Pitt Meadows needs to walk back RCMP building approval

Community can’t afford a new detachment, local resident writes

  • Jul 23, 2021
Pitt Meadows council is rezoning a section of Harris Road Park to allow construction of a new RCMP detachment. (City of Pitt Meadows screengrab)
Maple Ridge resident Alan Remfry is questionning the federal government’s use of a hunter and competitive shooter in a website graphic about gun safety.

LETTER: Maple Ridge resident fires off letter to MP over portrayal of law-abiding gun owners

A federal website about gun safety has irked a local letter writer

  • Jul 23, 2021
Maple Ridge resident Alan Remfry is questionning the federal government’s use of a hunter and competitive shooter in a website graphic about gun safety.
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LETTER: Maple Ridge resident irked by noisy vehicles

Letter writer wonders why drivers with loud autos aren’t being fined

  • Jul 22, 2021
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(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)

WEB POLL: Watchdog for local councils?

Maple Ridge is calling for provincial oversight of council conduct

  • Jul 21, 2021
Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)
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LETTER: Weep not for me…

Maple Ridge man speaks to his sadness about all residential school deaths

  • Jul 19, 2021
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Pitt Meadows waits for the province’s approval to establish its own detachment. (City of Pitt Meadows screengrab)

LETTER: Pitt Meadows residents should be given vote on new ‘cop shop’

Another letter writer adds his opposition to a separate RCMP detachment in Pitt Meadows

  • Jul 18, 2021
Pitt Meadows waits for the province’s approval to establish its own detachment. (City of Pitt Meadows screengrab)
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: New police detachment at Harris Road Park should go to public vote

Writer opposes changes to one of Pitt Meadows’ most important parklands

  • Jul 17, 2021
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Sandi Banni is concerned about the loss of amenities, including shade trees, if a new RCMP detachment is built on Harris Road. (Special to the News)

LETTER: Many lack of opportunity to comment on Pitt Meadows RCMP plan

Residents should be able to vote directly on whether to spend millions on a detachment

  • Jul 16, 2021
Sandi Banni is concerned about the loss of amenities, including shade trees, if a new RCMP detachment is built on Harris Road. (Special to the News)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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LETTER: Pitt Meadows can’t afford its own RCMP detachment

Local resident lays out several arguments against a costly new facility

  • Jul 15, 2021
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A Pitt Meadows resident would like some peace and quiet. (File photo)

LETTER: Pitt Meadows resident sounds off about noisy mufflers

Noise from cars, trucks, and motorcycles prompted one local person to write

  • Jul 14, 2021
A Pitt Meadows resident would like some peace and quiet. (File photo)
Share your opinion via email, through our website or in a posted letter. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Creation of ALR blamed for rising house prices

Maple Ridge council needs to do better in planning city’s growth to avoid creating ugly areas

  • Jul 11, 2021
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