Premier John Horgan is throwing support behind a call from mayors to twin the existing George Massey Tunnel, saying it can be done quickly.
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“The NDP say that it will be cheaper than a bridge, but how much will be spent to keep the old tunnel going?” writes Rob CoburnI wasn’t surprised to hear that the B.C. government wants to twin the Massey Tunnel rather than build a bridge.To come out and say that building a bridge is the way to go would be saying that they were wrong to halt the already-started construction launched by the previous Liberal government.So I’m not surprised about the tunnel. The NDP say that it will be cheaper than a bridge, but how much will be spent to keep the old tunnel going? Is that cost included?Premier John Horgan should take the politics out of the decision and forget about saving face. Build the bridge that was already started and move on to other issues.Rob Coburn, LangleyLess sex, fewer people, healthier planetSmartphone usage is being linked to a decrease in sexual activity, which will result in people having fewer children. If so, that would be much better for the planet.This would apply, especially, to people living in impoverished areas of the world who, nonetheless, have access to smartphones.Carl Johnson, DeltaAquariums harm animalsIn response to letter writer Dan Petryk, who says lefties are killing aquariums, what kind of educational message are aquariums sending by saying it’s OK to house animals in captivity, where they’re cramped, bored and extremely lonely, just for human amusement?Keeping animals in captivity causes mental stress and it’s also physically damaging to them. You should read some real research by marine mammal biologists. Studies show that 90 per cent of aquariums house animals that show stereotypic neurotic behaviour. That means they’re driven insane in captivity.But, hey, as long you’ve had a fun day, no worries eh?Tony Gottenbos, RichmondDon’t drive like a jerkIn Friday’s Driving section Jacob Black points out five interesting facts about how to drive like a Canadian, but he missed five others: Pay no attention to stop signs, speed on any street, tailgate and honk at someone ahead of you if they don’t move over, even if they’re doing the speed limit, show them the finger when they pass you on the right, and text and drive as much as possible.Black should have titled his article, Things you might want to start doing to be nicer and safer while driving.Tom Duncan, ChilliwackTories would cut taxesA Conservative government would scrap the Liberals’ carbon tax, reverse Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s increased taxes on daily essentials and eliminate taxes on home energy, completely removing the federal tax from your home heating and energy bills. This would save a Canadian household $107 per year on average and put all that money back in your pocket.Dean Clark, LangleyStop exporting logsIsn’t it odd that most articles lamenting the closing of B.C. sawmills cite forest fires and beetles as the major contributors to “loss of fibre,” yet ignore the millions of cubic metres of raw logs that are exported every year?Maybe we should keep some of B.C. for B.C.Gerald Baskett, CoquitlamGive us a breakOntario firefighter Adam Knauff has filed a human rights complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario because he wasn’t supplied vegan food on the job in the wilderness.Knauff states that, “I do not think that humans have the moral right to oppress other beings or to cause them pain and suffering.”Judge Judy would say, “You’re causing me pain and suffering” and everyone around you.Cherryl Katnich, Maple RidgeLetters 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.