Protesters use luggage trolleys to block the walkway to the departure gates during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13.
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A reasonable extradition law for Hong KongRe: Hong Kong’s fight for freedom is our fight, too, Aug. 12.It had always puzzled me why Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam had not formally withdrawn her proposed extradition law and put forward a more reasonable alternative. Hong Kong needs an extradition law to deal with those jurisdictions, such as mainland China and Taiwan, with which it does not have an extradition treaty. Otherwise, it could become a haven for Hong Kong citizens who had committed crimes overseas.Her evasive answers in her recent press conference indicate that Beijing may have prohibited her from suggesting an alternative.A reasonable starting point for such an alternative would be a law that applied if a Hong Kong resident was physically present in the other jurisdiction when the crime was committed and the crime was also an offence under Hong Kong law. Canada and other democratic countries should propose such alternatives.It is my hope that future Chinese leadership will allow Hong Kong to maintain many of its distinctive institutions after 2047.Bruce Couchman, OttawaWe’re in our 70s – and we’re fitRe: Secrets to Fitness at Any Age, Aug. 12.I look at my friends — most of us over 70 — and take umbrage at the ‘70s and Beyond’ category in the article on fitness at any age.Every second Friday, we gather at the Legion in Smiths Falls for fish and chips; as the eight of us sit around the table (waiting for the best fish and chips around), Christine, across from me, describes her latest Tai Chi moves; Joni, beside me, regales us with pickle ball strategies; and I talk about sparring with my boxing mates.Ballroom dancing, table tennis and yoga are for sissies!Sally Smith, Smiths FallsMayor Watson must stop bullying councillorsRe: City councillor says she’ll pursue LRT conflict of interest questions, Aug. 12.It is growing ever more obvious that Mayor Jim Watson is past his “best before date.” The latest is the revelation that during the important debate about LRT Stage Two, the mayor shut down Coun. Catherine McKenney when she sought some key information. Watson told her she was out of order.This is typical of the bully tactics the mayor has used throughout his tenure to keep council members in line with his thinking. Time for council members to speak up. The mayor is just one voice, he is not nor should not be a dictator.C’mon, councillors.Joe Spence, OttawaLet’s tackle light pollution, OttawaWhy is there no outcry to reduce night light pollution? Almost every new infill monster home, rising up out of the enlarged pit of a quaint tear-down, is lit up like a car dealership at night.Why is this trend considered a desirable esthetic? Why don’t architects, designers and new homeowners reflect on the loss of our night sky; the wasted energy? Scientific evidence tells us that lighting up the night negatively impacts the natural cycle of almost every plant and animal species – including the disruption of a good night’s sleep for you and me.Linda Mathies, Ottawa