B.C. drivers carry the highest gas-tax burden in North America.
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“Horgan is the reincarnation of Nero. Talk about fiddling while we all burned by getting hosed at the pumps,” writes Tom MoorePremier John Horgan being mad about high gas prices is about the only thing he is right about.So he launches a commission to study an obvious problem but ties the investigators’ hands by barring them from studying the effects of provincial taxes and energy policies on gasoline and diesel pricing? What a crock and waste of money!Horgan is the reincarnation of Nero. Talk about fiddling while we all burned by getting hosed at the pumps.Tom Moore, DeltaLoitering fines don’t helpSo the City of Penticton is considering fining people who lie or even sit on sidewalks in parts of the city. What a bad idea.Don’t they realize that fining these people will only force them to stand on the corners more often with signs looking for handouts and will probably severely hamper their ability to buy drugs? I guess they can say, “Need money to pay for my fines. Please help!”Tom Duncan, Chilliwack
Those who have no place to go will soon be unwelcome in parts of downtown Penticton.
Citizen of the year?In response to Sarah Kenny’s letter, her research is completely wrong. Proof has been presented that vaping is safer than smoking.And as to vaping polluting Kenny’s air, guess what? It’s not her air. I will not stop. Don’t like it? Seal yourself in a plastic bubble.Kevin Simmons, SurreyVapers should think of othersVaping falls under the same restrictions as smoking, as it should. If you inhale something and exhale it into the air, it is smoking. Just because, in your world, “it leaves a much nicer smell,” doesn’t mean that the rest of the population wants to smell it.And why should I have to walk on the other side of the street just because you want to pollute the environment?David Reid, BurnabyHot vehicles not safeIf it takes a “hot car alarm” to alert you to the fact that you have left your child or pet in a vehicle that is now dangerously overheated, you had better beat me to your vehicle as I will remedy the problem and you will be replacing a window.Even if you leave a window cracked open, it is still not enough. Don’t do it.Brian Barnes, RichmondNot democraticThe Council of Progressive Canadian Unions is pleased that the proposed changes to the labour code retain the secret ballot for certification applications. They champion the view that the true wishes of employees require a vote. They admit, however, that employers can wield undue influence over employees during this process. Many trade unions believe this is what is undemocratic about the certification process.Contrary to this campaign for democracy, however, the council wants severe restrictions on this democratic process in the construction industry. Union members have the right to democratically change unions when they believe they are not being properly represented.The council believes members in the unions in their council in the construction sector should only have the opportunity to change unions every three years instead of yearly, as is proposed. Given the duration of some projects, these workers might never get to vote to join another union. This is not democratic or progressive from any perspective.Pete Smith, Port CoquitlamLetters 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.