Caroline Kuiper’s new western wear clothing store had a front window smashed in last Monday. Despite nearly $7,000 worth of goods stolen or damaged, she’s not giving up. Instead, she’s holding an ‘in spite of dirty deeds’ sale. Emelie Peacock photo

Letter: Gloves-off approach needed to tackle crime

Editor,

Yet another break-in —Hope Standard, March 15

It was with great sadness and considerable anger I read your report of the recent break-in at Broke Buckle Clothing Co. on Wallace St. Owners Caroline and Trapper Kuiper are a fine hard-working couple who clearly have been devastated by this. To say the least, they did not deserve such a cruel welcome to our little town, especially as these are just the sort of folk we need here to promote our continuing and future existence.

I wonder what the bleeding hearts will say when the RCMP make an appropriate arrest and it’s determined the low-lifes involved are just adding to multiple convictions they already have on their record? It is time to take back our streets and we all know it. Our so-called “just society” concept has failed big-time because we haven’t accepted the most important societal fact. It is well and good that all people’s rights be protected under the Charter, but where it breaks down is that it should concentrate on the rights of the honest law-abiding majority and not the one per cent of criminals that roam our streets virtually unchallenged. Try walking Wallace Street any night after dark.

The inconvenient truth is we all have to bear a portion of the blame. As long as we continue to believe we can pick and choose only the laws that suit us individually, nothing will change. Re-evaluation should start at ground level such as — do not litter; clean up after your animals; shovel sidewalks; no illegal parking; speeding and other poor driving habits and the list goes on. After that, each and every one of us with a clear conscience could then lobby our government representatives on the larger issues, including clamping down hard and fast on crime. A gloves-off campaign should be launched on behalf of the honest majority and the lawbreakers either shape up or ship out, preferably to hard time penal colonies in our frigid North.

For one, I apologize deeply to Caroline and Trapper for the atrocious greeting given them in Hope.

This is basically a very wonderful community and worthy of a second chance.

Hope you stay.

Wes Chaulk

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