A retired Delta cop talks about two news stories that show how self-obsessed some of us are, and how selfless others can beIn the space of seven days we had news stories that illustrated the best and the worst of Canadian society. On Feb. 15, we read that some Ontario residents called 911 to complain that an Amber Alert (for a child later found murdered) at 11:36 p.m. had disturbed their precious sleep. An example of the worst of our self-obsessed society.Then on Feb. 21, we read of the heroic actions of an off-duty Delta police officer, Acting Sgt. John Jasmins, who intervened when he saw a violent altercation between a man and a woman while picking up his own children at school. Entrusting his children’s safety to other parents, he came to the woman’s aid and nearly lost his life after being stabbed.I have never been prouder to be a retired Delta cop than I am today. Well done, John, well done.Rob Murray, Surrey
Acting Sgt. John Jasmins is a Delta Police officer who intervened during an altercation on Feb. 20, 2019 between a man and a woman in Delta. Jasmins was stabbed during the altercation but is recovering.
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Judges are bound by the lawIn reply to letter writer Bill Davis: While I wish it were so, Canadian judges are not permitted to convict based on “common sense.” They are bound by the law. I also don’t think Davis would be pleased if the courts had elected judges.I am dismayed by the number of convictions in the U.S. that are negotiated — those charged are offered a chance to accept a conviction on a lesser charge rather than try to scrape up enough bucks to hire expensive lawyers and defend themselves against the original change.Don Edwards, OsoyoosByelection shows flaw in FPTPThe Burnaby byelection reveals more evidence of our flawed voting system. More than 60 per cent of the people who voted said “No, thanks” to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, yet he is declared the winner.Is this really how we like our democracy? Or is there perhaps a better way that truly reflects our wishes?Colin Baur, VictoriaEby should run other businessesB.C. Attorney General David Eby, please take over my business! As with ICBC, pass laws forcing everyone to buy from me, give me a huge salary and benefit package to continue to run the company, and hire my friends at great wages and guarantee their jobs. Don’t forget to hire more people than we need so that no one has to work too hard.Oh, and tell our customers that because we are losing money we will have to cut the quality of our products while charging even more.Sounds nice? I sure like the idea!Perry Coleman, DeltaDo they think of real people?With 50,000 jobs and 25,000 jobs at stake, respectively, in the recent cases they have been involved in, do people like former Canadian justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould or U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez care? Don’t they understand?When Wilson-Raybould was making her decision not to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, did she give any thought to that company’s 50,000 employees worldwide? When Ocasio-Cortez was cheering Amazon’s decision to abandon a plan to bring a headquarters to her city, did she give any thought to the 25,000 high-paying jobs it would have brought to her constituents? Do those who picket pipelines think about how many jobs they are killing or how many families they are harming?Feeding families and generating economic activity that indirectly supports other businesses is what is important.Len De Melt, North VancouverLetters to the editor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at email@example.com.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.