Opinion

BCER Interurban Car 1401, an Ottawa Car Company built in 1910, has arrived at Langley Prairie Station  on its way to Chilliwack in late 1949, with St. Louis Car Company’s 1913-built 1320 in tow as well as a BCER-built 1300 car with the conductor leaning out of vestibule door.  The station was re-built by July 1928 after a fire while the vehicle at the left (light colour) indicates a late 1940s model and a 1930s truck.
Photo by Ernie Les Plant / BC Hydro - G.E. MacDonell Collection

WEB POLL: Would you use the Interurban line?

The province is giving the line, shuttered for almost 70 years, renewed consideration

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

For the first seven days of his protest fast in April 2021, Langley doctor Brendan Martin spent six hours every day in Langley City’s Douglas Park with protest signs. He was part of a cross-Canada protest against fighter jet funding. He continues to voice his opposition. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Langley doctor wants MPs to shoot down fighter jet purchase

A local letter writer encourages electorate to send better MPs to Ottawa

  • Jul 30, 2021
The new Langley Memorial Hospital emergency room opened for its first patients on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Government of B.C./Special to the Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Broken leg not examined for three hours in Langley’s new ER

Local resident concerned hospital understaffing is impacting patients

  • Jul 29, 2021
The new Langley Memorial Hospital emergency room opened for its first patients on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Government of B.C./Special to the Langley Advance Times)
A local resident enjoyed reading Aldergrove Star editor Ryan Uytdewilligen’s take on media in his recent opinion column.

LETTER: South Langley resident enjoyed Ryan’s Regards column on media

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  • Jul 28, 2021
A local resident enjoyed reading Aldergrove Star editor Ryan Uytdewilligen’s take on media in his recent opinion column.
A local resident is concerned about a proposal to turn a rural area into a subdivision. (Langley Township website)

LETTER: Langley Township can’t see the forest for the trees that would be felled

Municipality should be considering the site for a public park

  • Jul 27, 2021
A local resident is concerned about a proposal to turn a rural area into a subdivision. (Langley Township website)
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LETTER: Langley Township and B.C. failed residents over Walnut Grove truck route

Long-time resident concerned about big trucks in a suburban neighbourhood

  • Jul 20, 2021
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Traffic flows along 192nd Street south of 24th Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186th and 196th Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26, 2021. (Black Press Media file)

LETTER: Campbell Heights development destroying vital natural area

Surrey is looking to expand industrial lands in the area bordering South Langley

  • Jul 25, 2021
Traffic flows along 192nd Street south of 24th Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186th and 196th Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26, 2021. (Black Press Media file)
Susan Vowes said the Township wasted taxpayer money on these signs in Milner.

LETTER: Langley Township rain garden signs irks letter writer

Municipality wasting taxpayer dollars, local woman writes

  • Jul 26, 2021
Susan Vowes said the Township wasted taxpayer money on these signs in Milner.
The Langley Advance Times editorial of June 24, 2021, questionned public money going to political parties during elections. (Langley Advance Times graphic)

LETTER: Langley resident lauds newspaper call to end vote subsidies to political parties

Parties receive $1.75 per vote received in the last election. This could be scrapped soon

  • Jul 26, 2021
The Langley Advance Times editorial of June 24, 2021, questionned public money going to political parties during elections. (Langley Advance Times graphic)
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Clayton Heights letter writer calls for federal climate change action

Prime minister needs to act like green and not just sound concerned about the environment

  • Jul 24, 2021
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A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021, during record high temperatures. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

LETTER: Langley resident encourages green living but says planet will still get hotter

The earth is going through a hot age right now, which humans can’t reverse, letter writer said

  • Jul 23, 2021
A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021, during record high temperatures. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday (July 9) that the federal government will give $1.3 billion for the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain expansion project to get it from King George Station to Langley. (File photo: Kedo Zake)

LETTER: SkyTrain best option for Langley

Light rail in other communities snarls traffic, letter writer warns

  • Jul 22, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday (July 9) that the federal government will give $1.3 billion for the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain expansion project to get it from King George Station to Langley. (File photo: Kedo Zake)
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
Langley’s Shirley Sawatsky has entered the Upcycle Challenge various times over the years and this year won second place for her piece. (Sawatsky photo)

LETTER: Langley upcycler hopes unique competition continues in the future

The Art of Upcycling challenged entrants to use throwaway items in new ways

  • Jul 21, 2021
Langley’s Shirley Sawatsky has entered the Upcycle Challenge various times over the years and this year won second place for her piece. (Sawatsky photo)
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LETTER: Langley City man questions why fight against racism seems never ending

A local letter writer has spoken out against hate and racism for years

  • Jul 20, 2021
Share your opinion via email, through our website or in a posted letter. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
Share your opinion via email, through our website or in a posted letter. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Why isn’t discrimination against whites spoken of, Langley man asks

All racism and discrimination should be taken serious, letter writer says

  • Jul 19, 2021
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LETTER: Exhausted frontline workers should not be subjected to abuse

Care providers group urges kindness as care home visitation opens up

  • Jul 19, 2021
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Residents can provide feedback on proposd changes to the Tree Protection Bylaw on the Langley Townhsip website at https://www.tol.ca/at-your-service/engineering-building-development/engineering/tree-protection/

LETTER: Aldergrove tree defender welcomes stricter Langley Township tree protection bylaw

Public input is accepted until noon on Thursday, July 22, letter writer noted

  • Jul 18, 2021
Residents can provide feedback on proposd changes to the Tree Protection Bylaw on the Langley Townhsip website at https://www.tol.ca/at-your-service/engineering-building-development/engineering/tree-protection/
Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline is seen under way in Kamloops, B.C., on September 1, 2020. The line will come through North Langley. (Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

LETTER: Langley letter writer encourages people to move away from fossil fuels

Time to shift gears to cleaner power, local woman says

  • Jul 17, 2021
Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline is seen under way in Kamloops, B.C., on September 1, 2020. The line will come through North Langley. (Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)