Climb­ing into do­na­tion bin is tres­pass­ing, not a safety is­sue

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

Al­though it’s ter­ri­ble that a woman died when she be­came trapped in a do­na­tion bin, one can only won­der why she was in the bin in the first place. Are we so dumbed down these days that there need to be signs on these bins say­ing, “Do not en­ter,” or, “Do not crawl into this bin to sleep?”

Com­mon sense would deem this dan­ger­ous, if not stupid.

The only other rea­son some­one would crawl into a bin is to steal. But if she were that needy, she would have been able to ben­e­fit from the bin’s con­tents at a place that dis­trib­utes the do­na­tions.

Theft and tres­pass­ing should have been a cou­ple of words in last Tues­day’s head­line, not a call for “safer” bins. — Mike David, Sechelt

NDP not pro­gres­sive on Uber

The NDP needs to get with the times. Ride-hail­ing ser­vices would ben­e­fit our re­gion by keep­ing our roads safe from drunk driv­ing, as well by stim­u­lat­ing the econ­omy.

I re­cently at­tended a con­cert and thou­sands of peo­ple emp­tied onto the street to get rides home by bus or taxi. Bus af­ter bus was full and taxis were op­er­at­ing to their max­i­mum ca­pac­ity. We had to walk an hour to get back to our ho­tel. I over­heard many peo­ple say that the next time they would take their cars at the risk of drink­ing and driv­ing.

As for the econ­omy, more peo­ple would get out and go places if they had the op­tion of hail­ing a ride at their fin­ger­tips. I was re­cently in Seat­tle and the con­ve­nience of hir­ing Lyft or Uber was sim­ple, fast and in­ex­pen­sive.

I thought the NDP gov­ern­ment would be more pro­gres­sive. Why the de­lay? — Ronda McLach­lan, Cloverdale

Death to drug deal­ers

The first step in get­ting the drug prob­lem solved is to get tough on the traf­fick­ing of il­le­gal drugs. No more cod­dling and light sen­tences. Let’s start at the top, with the death penalty for peo­ple who fi­nance and dis­trib­ute hard drugs and life sen­tences for deal­ers on the lower end of the scale.

Un­for­tu­nately, this will never hap­pen. It would put too many peo­ple out of work in main­stream so­ci­ety. They need ad­dicted peo­ple to per­pet­u­ate their busi­ness plan. The re­al­ity is that ad­dicts cre­ate jobs at ev­ery level. — Glenn Nordal, Lan­g­ley

Where are to­bacco taxes?

It al­ways makes me laugh when I hear about the gov­ern­ment go­ing af­ter big to­bacco for health-care cost com­pen­sa­tion.

I won­der how much has been col­lected in taxes on to­bacco prod­ucts over the decades?

The real hypocrisy is that all that rev­enue ought to have been ear­marked for pub­lic health care from Day 1. That said, I hope the gov­ern­ment is suc­cess­ful in get­ting more money from them.

As long as it doesn’t go into gen­eral rev­enues — that would just be un­eth­i­cal. — Charles Le­duc, Van­cou­ver

Time to raise speed lim­its

Since more than 75 per cent of driv­ers travel at 10-30 km/h over the posted speed limit on our high­ways, maybe the posted lim­its on these stretches need to be raised.

Rais­ing the speed lim­its would re­duce con­ges­tion by al­low­ing more cars to flow through.

The speed limit was 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) 50 years ago. — Joe Kauf­man, Lan­g­ley

GERRY KAHRMANN

Climb­ing in­side a do­na­tion bin is not only stupid, it’s prob­a­bly a crime, a reader writes.

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