I would like to preface this letter to the editor with some sage Biblical advice written by St. Paul to the Church at Ephesus:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rules, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the full armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breast plate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace,” (Ephesians 6:12-15).
Firstly, I would choose to say thank you to the Town of Kamsack for its recent correspondence, “Notice of Violation.” Unfortunately and sadly I understand this document to be major harassment. To my mind it exemplifies a trespassing of human rights, as well as invasion and violation of private property. I understand this as an aggressive descent on the part of the Town upon two of the most vulnerable people in the community, namely my daughter and myself.
After approximately 23 surgical interventions during a 30 year span, we are not “out of the woods” yet. With kidney transplant number two on the horizon, your prayers and patience with our ongoing extenuating medical circumstances would be most appreciated as opposed to threatening, dictatorial pronouncements.
Secondly, I do not authorize further belligerent tactics on the part of the Town of Kamsack and its representatives regarding further unsolicited entries onto my own private property, for any future “Town purposes,” “photo shots,” or menacing “confiscations.”
The antique car parked on my own driveway on my own private property is not a piece of junk and neither is it a “junked vehicle,” (the Town’s less-than-kind words). This vehicle is highly sentimental to me and my family. My vehicle is situated on my private property and it belongs with my house, both of which were my father’s “prized possessions.”
My automobile is a precious piece of my family history and family folklore, exactly where it is! It is my sincere hope to one day have it restored.
Further to the Town’s document, the words regarding: “Remove discarded toilet.” I currently have no discarded toilet. I have been saving several pieces of plumbing until next spring at which time they will be partially buried and their beautifully-coloured bowls will be home to spring flowers in my yard.
Are you familiar with the saying, “Re-use, recycle?” God willing, this will be the destiny of the toilet; neither to be removed nor discarded, but rather recycled!
In all seriousness, this matter is my own private business, on my own private property, and is not subject to dictatorial ultimatums by anyone.
Further to the Town’s document, the words regarding: “Overgrown grass and weeds; trim trees.” Upon my recent return from a trip to Alberta, and prior to the Town’s recent unsavoury correspondence, I have had my lawns mowed and front shrubs trimmed. Believe it or not, I do not need a town advisory to tell me how to manage my yard. However, my family’s psychological, emotional and physical well-being remain my top priority.
Regarding the untrimmed trees along the back alley: presently, and in my opinion, dangerously, they interfere with power lines. To my knowledge it is the jurisdiction of the Town and the province to ensure the safety of their residents by securing and maintaining power lines (hence the name “SaskPower”). It is my sincere hope that these (trees) will be attended to by town management before any serious mishap occurs. The power lines are neither my personal nor financial responsibility.
In conclusion, I would like to say when anyone deals with trauma on an ongoing basis, to my mind and normativity, this ought to elicit a spirit of understanding and compassion, and not one of harsh dictatorial ultimatums. Therefore any items removed from my property without my expressed written permission will be regarded as theft and will be acted on accordingly.
Kamsack “power-brokers” (administration) I am ashamed of you. Nonetheless, I forgive your arrogance and misdeeds which are directed towards me and my family. In this season of learning, growth and change, may we all be transformed for the better. I pray for future peace and harmony, living in this town. Do you think this may be a possibility?