Want to write a letter to the editor? Send it to editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish it online and in print.

Want to write a letter to the editor? Send it to editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish it online and in print.

LETTER: Forestry will always be here and survive

“These huge Canadian forests and wherever they are in North America will be there”

Dear Editor and Dear Reader,

One thing I can assure you: Forestry will always be here and survive. The same I would not make a bet for capitalism. These huge Canadian forests and wherever they are in North America will be there, clear-cutting (and then replanting) or selective logging as in my “job guaranteed for life” Bavarian Forests, which I left as a young man, — not knowing what I was really giving up — after a four year training period and a further three years as a fully trained “logger”/”Waldfacharbeiter” (part of your happiness in doing your job, the Germans like to give themselves respectable titles, and “Waldfacharbeiter” is a long way from being just called a “logger”, when in fact, logging here on the West Coast is a more serous business than in many places of those gentle slopes of the Bavarian forests, their Alpine regions the exception of course. But Bill, the old foolish man, feels he now is getting sidetracked. (For comic relief, if not the Christian Bible, clinging to a ray of hope, that maybe, just maybe, this life is not all there is, I am reading, re-reading Homer’s Odyssey, the theme and topic, in case the reader is not familiar with it: the way home (from the Trojan Wars/in my case from Canada) and the difficulties the hero finds himself confronted with again and again, finding himself at the mercy of the many of the Greek gods, the ancients came up with as an explanation of what happened to them. In the Christian religion, we ask the Big Why?! (If you, the Reader, or even some of our ministers of the church or priests want to read up further on it, read a book like Harold S. Kushner’s “When Bad Things Happen to Good People, leaving the field wide open for sceptics like Bertrand Russel with the views of an atheist, one of his many books, “Why I am not a Christian.”

If the climate situation is as serious as we can hardly doubt anymore it is from all the signs and evidences that confront us, “living our life as usual” will soon come to an end. Running our forests from Wall Street, looking at the bottom line for the share holders, buying and selling stocks like naughty children, will come to an end. And why don’t I come out and say it: Run the show the way the Bavarians do it: the government has a crown corporation, The Bavarian Forest Service, and if I maybe permitted here to get really personal: a phone call “home to my village”, the successor of my successor tells me, “He never had to go on strike,” except the bigger government employee union went on strike once in 34 years. The priority will be the environment –the effect on climate in everything we do and that includes, walking to the post office and not driving to it, or the mail man from house to house will have to return – and the effect on our climate! How painful to see the documentary on my German channel, children in Finland who live in the high north, their concern and education they get re what climate change is doing to their way of life. We can panic and run (do nothing) or we take up the challenge and throw out guys like that Brazilian president, who promotes gold mining and cow pastures to allowing their First Nations to live in these ancient tropical forests and bring “Lulu” back as president. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Wilhelm Waldstein,

Port Hardy

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

Black Press Media file
Port Hardy RCMP on the hunt for porta-pottie arsonist

The porta-potties were lit on fire early in the morning on June 13

Eke Me-Xi students enjoy a field trip to Malcolm Island. (Submitted photos)
Eke Me-Xi Learning Centre takes field trip to Malcolm Island

Once at Bere Point, students made themselves at home in the day-use area

Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair logo
Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair cancelled again due to COVID-19 restrictions

The 2022 fall fair is still scheduled to take place in Port Hardy

North Island Gazette
EDITORIAL: What to do about homelessness in Port Hardy

‘people suffering from homelessness deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion’

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in South Island parkland

These birds don’t often touch down on their way between northern B.C. and Mexico

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Most Read