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