Sure, things go wrong once in a while, but air travel is mostly a marvel of co-ordination, writes Barbara Kaiser.
I just returned from a five-week vacation, using several airlines where I had nothing but positive experiences with several airlines.It would be interesting to read statistics about lost luggage or bumped passengers. We hear/read only about the one bag that was lost, the three passengers who were bumped or the one delayed flight. What about the millions of bags in any given hour worldwide that are delivered intact and on time?Watching the massive number of planes taking off or landing, imagine what amazing co-ordination it requires to make this happen within minutes. Overbooked flights? Come on! Have you talked to the media because the bus is full every day at rush hour? Do the transit companies compensate you?With all the concerns facing humanity today, let’s appreciate what is truly a miracle of organization. Of course errors happen, but let’s not let them overshadow the miracle of air transportation.Barbara Kaiser, West VancouverMethane emissions higher than statedB.C. LNG Alliance president Bryan Cox says in his July 13 op-ed that B.C. is a world leader in reducing methane emissions from natural-gas production and that industry is paying its share for polluting the environment. A report I co-authored with St. Francis Xavier University in 2017 challenges these claims. It revealed that methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is much worse than this industry or our government acknowledges.Pointing to one facility, like Shell Canada’s Groundbirch natural gas plant, as evidence that environmental challenges have been fixed is misleading. Shell’s new technology was only discovered last year. It will benefit future facilities but older ones leaking and venting unacceptably large amounts of methane have little hope of being powered through clean energy sources.LNG remains one of B.C.’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters. Even if emissions to produce fracked gas are reduced and methane leakage is properly accounted for, the dash to gas is a short-sighted approach.John Werring, SurreyNDP taxes behind surplusB.C. has an operating budget surplus of $1.5 billion. With a population of about five million people, that means each British Columbian has contributed $300 on average to that surplus.Looking at the B.C. share of the taxes on my gasoline purchases, I’m surprised the surplus isn’t five times higher.Ron Barrett, North VancouverTrees are not forestsAs a Prince George-based group, we are concerned that B.C.’s new ‘Big Tree Registry’ is a cynical calculation to avoid the protection of old growth at a scale that is necessary to avoid ecological collapse. Protecting individual trees does little to protect the values that exist in our Interior old-growth forests. A few big trees do not a forest make.In our backyard, the boreal rainforest contains slow-growing 400-plus-year-old spruce that are currently being razed under the pretext of beetle salvage. The Big Tree Registry does nothing to protect these forests (or the species that need them) from the industrial forestry juggernaut.The buffer zone around the 54 big trees will be impacted by “edge effects,” a phenomenon that divides functioning habitats into unnatural and non-functioning ones. B.C. needs a system of legally protected, connected and large reserves for old-growth forests, not a policy for 54 individual trees.Michelle Connolly, Conservation North, Prince GeorgeKater ride-hail is a jokeIt is truly sad that both major provincial political parties are so beholden to the taxi lobby that Vancouver remains one of the few major business centres without functioning ride-hailing. I do business both here and in Seattle and there is no comparison. I must have a car here; I never take or rent a car when in Seattle.Kater, you say? What a joke! The arrival and travel estimates are wildly optimistic and their routing software is so bad that one driver told me he asked Kater management if he could use Google Maps instead and was refused. Of course, if you’d like a tour of parts of Vancouver you’ve not recently visited, try Kater; no telling what route they’ll take (except it won’t be optimal).George Pajari, VancouverLetters to the editor should be sent to email@example.com. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com