Letters: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a serious illness (Re: Tom Fletcher)

Re: Tom Fletcher’s article Bowing to the power of judges (Saanich News, March 2)

Re: Tom Fletcher’s article Bowing to the power of judges (Saanich News, March 2)

Tom Fletcher ridicules the illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome.  In doing so he reveals his ignorance.  I thought journalists were supposed to get the facts before spouting off.  It is very easy to Google ‘Myalgic Encephalomyelitis’ (more commonly known as CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).  As with many illnesses the severity varies from person to person but for many sufferers it is so disabling that they cannot function much at all.  There is no cure.  The suicide rate is high due to the daily, never-ending pain and suffering.  Do your homework Mr. Fletcher.  You are wrong to assume these people are lazy.

Pat CromptonSaanich


Weed has been studied

Re: Tom Fletcher’s article Bowing to the power of judges (Saanich News, March 2)

Tom Fletcher missed the Bull’s Eye regarding cannabis (marijuana) implying, it’s an “inconsistent” herbal remedy that hasn’t been studied much because it’s been illegal.

Government subsidized prohibitionists in North America has hindered research progress, however, the plant has been documented medically for over 5,000 years medically without a single death.

That’s safety and consistency on a Biblical scale.

Stan WhiteDillon, Colorado


Responsible community journalism and Fletcher

Re: Tom Fletcher’s article Bowing to the power of judges (Saanich News, March 2)

I found it hysterical and ironic that you posted an editorial on responsible journalism next to an editorial (rant) from Tom Fletcher.  Mr Fletcher uses condescension, hostility, bullying, and belittling comments to make his convoluted and bizarre points. His columns are the furthest thing from responsible journalism since Fox News.  If your standards of practice are so high, why are you including his columns on a regular basis?

In Fletcher’s  editorial (rant) beside your article on responsible journalism, he belittled and name called both our supreme court and our prime minister. He then questions the diagnosis of a sick woman with chronic fatigue syndrome, and insinuates she has no such condition, but instead sits around the house eating chips, watching TV and smoking dope. Is he now Dr. Fletcher?  Maybe he needs a prescription for some medical marijuana to chill out.  Too bad chronic stupidity does not qualify.

Fletcher ended his round about rant on the topic of assisted dying by suggesting that (greedy) children will coerce their parents into “checking out” so they can get their inheritance sooner. Unbelievable!

If this is what you call responsible journalism, honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Warren EllamSaanich



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