The Vancouver Pride Society is drawing flak for banning UBC and the city library from the annual parade over their hosting of controversial speakers.
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“The gay community wouldn’t have the freedom they have today without freedom of speech,” writes Dave BrownWhy the hypocrisy?Having read about the University of B.C. and the Vancouver Public Library being denied entry in the Pride Parade for hosting speakers Jenn Smith and Meghan Murphy, I would have to disagree with the Vancouver Pride Society. Freedom of speech or expression is a constitutional right. The gay community wouldn’t have the freedom they have today without freedom of speech.Pride societies should consider themselves fortunate that our cities allow pride parades. Why the City of Vancouver would even allow the parade after the society discriminates against free speech needs to be considered.Dave Brown, ChilliwackDiffering opinions are realitySo the Vancouver Public Library is banned from the Pride Parade. I guess the City of Vancouver should also be banned because it allows people who have differing opinions and viewpoints to live here.How dare they!Bryan Taylor, BurnabyBan the Pride ParadeMaybe it’s about time the City of Vancouver ban the Pride community from having a parade in Vancouver as they can’t stand to have all Canadians take part, rather than just those who they approve of.Where is the inclusiveness in this decision?Gordon von Hollen, ChilliwackProvince priorities questionedWould it be possible for this newspaper to write about things that are important and interesting to Canadians?For example, in the Entertainment section, Page 19, Wednesday, July 24, from The Washington Post: “Who would vote for Trump?” Who cares? I’m sure there is something that is more interesting than that.Also, the “Daily Dish.” If I wanted this kind of information, I would buy The National Enquirer.Please be more professional about your stories.David Reid, BurnabyKeep the RCMP, simpleA simple solution to the simple-minded Surrey city council decision regarding future policing is to retain the RCMP’s services.Robin Gibson, Coquitlam
Speaker Darryl Plecas continues to go after what he sees as corruption and wrongful spending in the B.C. legislature.
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You go, Darryl Plecas!Speaker Darryl Plecas, you stay on course! Don’t let these few naysayers chip at your integrity. It’s extremely refreshing to witness some law and order imposed among the elected politicians who reek of misconduct and corruption.Don’t stop! Speak for us law-abiding citizens because our voice is seldom heard at the legislature.Chester Malcolm, ChilliwackClimate no emergencyThank you, Prof. Ross McKitrick, for exposing these so-called “climate emergencies” we keep hearing about for what they really are, complete and utter nonsense!And not only is there no proof of “climate emergencies,” there is also no proof that anything we are doing is having any effect on the climate; yet our federal government, and most of the provincial governments, are quite happy to hammer us with punitive carbon taxes.What a sorry lot most of us have become, voluntarily handing over our hard-earned cash to politicians for no good reason at all.Gary Tupper, New WestminsterNo time like the presentB.C. Premier John Horgan talking about having to wait until Washington state, Oregon and California are on board in regards to getting rid of daylight saving time is such a load.He claims it’s to do with business, communication and the economy. Not so. We do business all over the world, don’t we? Why doesn’t he ask the Peace River District about that. They don’t change their clocks back and forth. And it seems business there is running smoothly.Just get off your fanny, Horgan, and do it.Barb Nielsen, AbbotsfordLetters 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.