Province readers weigh in on the issues of the dayI approached an intersection on Main Street on April 19 when a woman suddenly collapsed in a pedestrian crosswalk, laying motionless on the pavement. It appeared to be a possible overdose, and a few people kept walking past her with disgust in their expressions.A flurry of activity ensued to assist the woman, including pedestrian calls to 911, and my effort to maneuver my Dodge 1500 Hemi truck to block oncoming traffic from turning into the crosswalk.A minute passed and a loud siren rang out across the street, where I observed Vancouver Firehall #2 — Downtown Eastside. A fire truck immediately pulled out and over to assist her, and several members ran over and took control of the scene — with impressive authority.I observed our Firehall #2 members to all be very skilled, organized, professional and dignified in issuing emergency treatment to the woman, and directing the public. It was likely not their first overdose call of the day in the Downtown Eastside.It dawned on me just how vital and valuable Firehall #2 is to our East Van community, where many of us who grew up or reside and/or work, proudly claim it as “our neighbourhood.” Despite the homelessness and overdose daily crises many view as a “nightmare,” the Downtown Eastside is still a fascinating and diverse community.We owe Firehall #2 members a debt of gratitude daily for their unsung yet heroic efforts to save “every life” without question in the Downtown Eastside. While some days frustration must settle in after a seemingly endless response to a fentanyl overdose battle, to the Downtown Eastside, you are golden!We know how much you care, and that Firehall #2 is by far the “toughest” fire crew of any in British Columbia, with solid members who work hard every day for us. You represent the Downtown Eastside’s strength, resilience and diversity, and inspire many to also “give back.”From the bottom of my Downtown Eastside heart, I thank each and every member of Firehall #2 for saving and touching so many lives.Miranda Moore, VancouverSpeed limit change pointlessWhile councilman Pete Fry has a reasonable idea in lowering speed limits on local side streets in Vancouver, it will not work unless Vancouver police are able to patrol and enforce the limits as the vast majority of drivers do not heed the current speed limits.Far too many drivers exceed the limits, so why would that change unless fines are frequently imposed.Tom Duncan, ChilliwackPedestrians must take careThe city is contemplating making a universal speed limit of 30 km/h to reduce pedestrian injuries. It has been my observation that pedestrians rely far too much on their right of way without any regard for the laws of physics.Despite the common expression, no car can stop on a dime, and yet frequently pedestrians with their earbuds securely in place and gazing intently at their smart phones will step off the curb without even checking for traffic in their proximity.And as for wearing visible clothing on dark rainy nights, don’t get me started. We all should take care.Peter Rose, DeltaNDP getting us all in troubleJohn Horgan and B.C. NDP are going to get us cut off from Alberta oil.We can’t afford the B.C. NDP’s carbon tax that makes everything more expensive, and is just another tax on everything.B.C. NDP are for the unions and B.C. Liberals are for the average person. Remember when in the last election that we voted for a B.C. Liberal minority government and the NDP and Greens went behind our backs and against the people’s will and formed government. B.C. voters won’t forget.Dean Clark, LangleyLetters to the editor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at email@example.com.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.