Pros shouldn’t be afraid to apologize

Justification offered for letter to the paper criticizing actions by the mayor.

I was interested to read the story in last week’s Boundary Creek Times about the attempt to have me not moderate the all candidates forum in Greenwood by Mayor Kettle and Councilor Lang. Though the event is now past and went very smoothly as expected, I want to clarify the comments made by Councilor Lang. The single letter (not letters) I wrote about the mayor was from my position as President of the Rock Creek Medical Society, calling him on his handling of communication with regard to a cooperative health care effort we were involved in along with Interior Health. In that letter I stated that I did not fault Mr. Kettle at all for trying to get health services for Greenwood, only that he did not live up to his agreed upon obligations to keep the other parties informed of his efforts. This criticism was based on fact, not personal opinion.

I also sent a memo to Mayor Kettle later congratulating him on the success in recruiting a GP for Greenwood, and assuring him that my comments were professional, not personal.

I have a great love for the city of Greenwood and have worked to raise money for projects there including the past festival for the arts.

The fact is I believe in holding people to their statements and especially so for politicians. Professionals do not cry foul when someone points out that they have made a mistake, they apologize. It is difficult to understand how any politician could properly represent all of their citizens if they react this way to criticisms of their actions.

Terry Keough, Rock Creek