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Security guard lacks respect | Letter

Two weeks ago, an extremely aggressive driver, going the wrong way on Pioneer, reversed into the native  archaeological site, destroying their fence. I saw this happen, we reported him and he was duly ticketed. He could have hurt many people and the archaeologists were grateful for him being reported.

Last week, the fence hiding the works blew down, exposing the site and I and several friends saw this and tried to help them re-erect the fence until stronger help came.

I am sympathetic to their plight.

So would someone please care to explain to me, how when I am watching a kite flying on Flinstone Drive, a security guard named Justin comes storming out at me and yells “Don`t try to look under the tarp.”

As I tried to explain I was watching a kite, he tells me that I am trying to climb up and look over at the works. For the love of God, I`ve already seen it, and tried to help cover it up again. He was not interested and accused me of trying to use a cell phone to take a picture. For his information I do not own a cell phone. He then compounds the allegation, telling me that most people “Do this before trying to steal artifacts!”

As a point of interest, my six-foot husband was standing next to me, and no accusations were thrown in his direction.

My tax dollars will be paying for his wages, because of the total mess that is Pioneer Way, and I do not want to pay to be yelled at wrongly. Justin, try to be more like the archaeologists and the First Nations people who understand that everyday lives still go on around the works. We are not all enemies, even the smaller people like me, who are easy to shout at, and throw your weight around at.

This is a trying time for everybody involved and respect and patience needs to go both ways.

Ali Fischer

Oak Harbor

 

 

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