To the editor:
Re: "Gen Why's sense of entitlement astonishes," Letters, Jan. 16.
So, Wendy Brichon draws a parallel between the public interest involved in the purchase of an apple by a private person and the public interest involved in the purchase of gainfully used real estate by a property development corporation.
She goes on to label the expressed opinion of a concerned citizen on the latter transaction as an "offensive sense of entitlement." Really? The public issues that arise on yet another purchase of property for the inevitable re-zoning and development into more condos for investors make the parallel drawn by Ms. Brichon pathetic. The real sense of entitlement here belongs to an industry and its supporters that act as if they are above the consideration of public discourse and community action.
The changing structure of Vancouver - and the effect this change has on the region as a place to live and work - is too important an issue to be left solely in the hands of property developers with their overriding concern for profit maximization. Ms. Brichon's letter is nothing more than a weak attempt to quash the voices that represent the greater public interest, voices that have a legitimate stake and a right to participate in the ongoing development of this city.
Patrick Quinn, Vancouver