Naked bike riders head westbound on Saskatchewan Dr., as they leave the End of Steel Park in Edmonton on Saturday July 4, 2015. It was Edmonton’s first Naked Bike Day, an event aimed at protesting body-shaming while pushing for reductions in car-dependency. File photo.
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Re. “Naked bike ride event gets under group’s skin,” Aug. 3Your article on the naked bike riders on Edmonton streets again opens the bicycle debate.Self-obsessed bike riders are once more demanding Edmonton residents suffer their selfish, thoughtless behaviour. City council promotes their sense of entitlement every time it gives into the demands of the very small in number, extremely demanding bicycle lobby.What police action would be taken if any other group demanded the right to walk or drive nude down city streets because their bodies are natural? How did bike riders come up with something so distasteful?Maxine D. Cook, EdmontonCarbon balance needed to avert crisisRe. “There’s only one valid carbon target — zero,” Opinion, Aug. 7The article by Peter McCartney was a breath of fresh air. He pointed out the dithering of politicians to address the climate crisis and offered up some good solutions. Many of these solutions are part of the Green New Deal being proposed in the U.S. and by the federal NDP. These solutions are also included in the Green Party of Canada’s Mission: Possible.There is a move by some people to shift the paradigm to one where real action is taken by politicians and governments across the country.Mayor Don Iveson scaled up the conversation surrounding climate change when he commented on the release of the Energy Transition Strategy report that we are falling short of the targets. But, he sounds sincere that he is going to help set things in motion to bring in effective actions to address the climate crisis.As for Doug Main’s response on Aug. 10, yes, massive tree planting is a solution, but to prevent the impacts of global heating run amok it is not positive actions we take but ceasing the negative things we do.We need to achieve a carbon balance. Building more fossil-fuel based facilities does not achieve that goal.Michael Kalmanovitch, EdmontonAltruism of premiers is overstatedRe. “Kenney engaging in brinksmanship,” Letters, Aug. 9Friday’s letters page contained a letter from Frank Burgess which I believe deserves a reply. In calling out Premier Kenney, Mr. Burgess says, among other things, that “premiers have been circumspect about taking sides in federal elections, knowing that they will want to work with whatever government is elected for the betterment of their own province, and all of Canada.”Oh, how nice to live in such an ideal world. So premiers John Horgan and Francois Legault of B.C. and Quebec are working for the betterment of all of Canada?Graham Morris, EdmontonLetters welcomeWe invite you to write letters to the editor. A maximum of 150 words is preferred. Letters must carry a first and last name, or two initials and a last name, and include an address and daytime telephone number. All letters are subject to editing. We don’t publish letters addressed to others or sent to other publications. Email: email@example.com