The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.
“It is sad to think that some mean-spirited person or persons purposely cut the cables on the Sea to Sky Gondola,” writes Ruth EnnsIt is sad to think that some mean-spirited person or persons purposely cut the cables on the Sea to Sky Gondola. This was obviously a premeditated crime.The result is a loss of revenue for the gondola company, with bookings ahead for the rest of the summer and many Squamish businesses that directly or indirectly depend on visitors to their town. How long will it take to repair millions of dollars in damage?Perhaps a fund to help Squamish recover would not be out of line.Ruth Enns, VancouverTraffic flow not greenGreen Vancouver Coun. Adriane Carr, who wants to phase out gas generators for food trucks and on film sets, should consider a bigger problem — bad traffic planning that has diesel trucks idling.Coming into “clean” Vancouver from Delta last week, I saw hundreds of such trucks idling in traffic. It was a slow crawl across the Knight Street Bridge and up the hill into the city. What great city planning, putting pedestrian lights at almost every intersection on that hill up to 57th Avenue, so those trucks have to stop and start, pouring black diesel exhaust into the air.Carr should calculate how many tonnes of CO2 are pumped into the air from poor planning.Hal Genzel, DeltaPedestrians ignore signsI estimate that half of the traffic congestion in downtown Vancouver is caused by unruly pedestrians.Many do not obey pedestrian crossing lights, crossing roads when the palm sign flashes, even crossing when the countdown ends and the palm sign is solid red. Only one vehicle is able to make a right turn when at least three cars could if pedestrians obeyed the signs.Who will educate pedestrians?Kenny Lau, BurnabyThat’s justice?Once again our justice system has left me shaking my head. A husband jaywalks with his wife across a multi-lane road. She is unfortunately struck by a motorcycle, which was legally in the road. She is awarded damages for her injuries and her husband is awarded damages because he witnessed her being injured.Surely the motorcyclist must have suffered a similar trauma and should also receive compensation. Quite frankly, this strikes me as equivalent to a case of a motorist shooting a red light and getting compensation after being T-boned by a vehicle proceeding on the green light. When are people going to take responsibility for their actions?Peter Rose, DeltaRights tribunal a ‘farce’National Post columnist Chris Selley recently exposed the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal as a self-serving, sanctimonious and costly forum for trivialities — a farce that needs to end forthwith. Earlier, Post columnist Rex Murphy had highlighted the ridiculous number of complaints laid by self-identified transgender woman and publicity hound Jessica Yaniv over an issue that any reasonable thinking person would have dismissed “prima facie,” as the language of the tribunal would have it. Without a second glance, to put it in layman’s terms.My own experience, in raising a perfectly valid claim of ageism as practised by our health care bureaucracy, mustered a legion of lawyers on the government side and was dismissed after nearly four years of mostly delays and massive submissions. As a legitimate champion of justice for the individual, the tribunal is an abject failure and richly deserves to be sent packing.Thomas Hasek, BurnabyLetters 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.