'Nom de plume' tree advocate questioned
Editor: I openly advocate under my real identity for private property rights and freedoms, in this case to own and have control of our trees, part of our rural acreage land that we live and pay taxes on.
Who is the elusive Anna R? She appears before council as a delegate with her video presentations, without revealing her name and address as everyone else must do.
If you are a sincere advocate, you should have the courage to identify yourself rather than hiding behind a nom de plume. This raises questions and suspicions. Is she an imported and paid protest campaigner?
Anti-progress advocate Ann-Michelle DeReus of urban Brookswood claims to be Anna R’s friend, defends her points and covers for her identity. Sorry, but this doesn’t cut it.
Councillor Bob Long said the images of a logging truck and a bird’s nest (from a different area) was convincing enough to flip-flop and vote against private property rights. So now we have a repressive bylaw with government-seized trees based on an elusive Power Point presenter who won’t give her full name and address.
I doubt that Long would overreact to PETA images of cows being slaughtered, and limit the number of steaks Bob’s Bar N’ Grill can serve. I doubt that Councillor David Davis (Davistead Farms) would consent and vote to reduce his milk quota, based on some negative images of mad cow disease, but they have no problem limiting the number of trees we can selectively reduce.
To add insult to confiscation, we now have neighbour pitted against neighbour with a Tree-Cutting Hotline so we can rat each other out every time a chainsaw cuts some firewood. Like we need more tax-wasting heavy-handed bureaucracy. This is the true spirit and harmony of rural Langley, promoted by Councillors Kim Richter and Michelle Sparrow.