Trucker takes issue with Gulf News story

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I read the ar­ti­cle by Rosalyn Roy con­cern­ing the issue in Port aux Basques at the lo­cal Tim Hor­tons and the trucks stop­ping for cof­fee.

I find it some­what dis­con­cert­ing she never bothered to ask a truck driver any­thing about this or get our opin­ion on this.

Are you aware that truck traf­fic leav­ing the ferry in the evening has only this Tim Hor­tons, and noth­ing else for at least 269 kms to get any­thing to eat? (Not 100 as your ar­ti­cle states.)

Also, there is no men­tion of car traf­fic backed up out of the Tim’s park­ing lot onto High Street, from peo­ple ex­it­ing the ferry and want­ing to get “their” fix of cof­fee.

I drive a truck and I’ve seen this many times but ap­par­ently the res­i­dents have no issue with that ... just trucks.

Many of us choose to come here (lots of truck­ing jobs that don’t re­quire trav­el­ing to New­found­land) to ser­vice the peo­ple of this prov­ince. At times we can spend two or three days sit­ting in port wait­ing be­cause of ferry can­cel­la­tions, away from fam­ily and home (those can­cel­la­tions of­ten mean our time at home is also short­ened when we do get there).

How­ever, we per­se­vere and con­tinue to travel this is­land pro­vid­ing goods for its res­i­dents any­way. . . and yes even that pre­cious Tim Hor­tons cof­fee comes here by truck, but I guess at least to the res­i­dents of Port aux Basques we don’t de­serve to in­dulge in it.

After­all just a bunch of dirty truck­ers right?

Ran­dell De­laney Har­mony, Nova Sco­tia

Ed­i­tor’s note:

There is a restau­rant and gas bar in St. David’s —the Hun­gry Bear Restau­rant/Gas Bar — about 100 km west of Port aux Basques.

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