Cyclist reminder on rules of road

Dear Editor:

Riding your bike is good for you and very enjoyable too. Please consider others too.

Know the rules of the road.

Please ride in the bike lanes.

Please signal as best you can.

Do not ride on the sidewalk — that is for pedestrians.

Do not ride across crosswalks — walk —you are considered a pedestrian when you enter this area. 

Do not ride against the traffic flow.

Ride single file as there is no room for two. 

Stop at stop signs and lights.

When in traffic make eye contact with drivers — see each other. 

When you ride your bike, you are considered a “muscle-powered vehicle.” Enjoy every ride in a safe manner. 

 Jorgen Hansen


How lives change by not drinking

Dear Editor:

It’s a stretch to compare drinking to football, but here goes.

Richard Feynman was an MIT-educated theoretical physicist who won a Nobel Prize and was a key cog in the Manhattan Project. He was a notorious drunk and playboy with a great sense of humour.

Andrew Luck is a Stanford-educated architectural design graduate who won the NFL comeback player of the year and was a key cog in a very competitive Indianapolis Colts’ team. He would chide coaches when they told him they were doing “good” (“no Coach, you’re doing “well”), and he loved explaining the concept of a meritocracy to his huddle-mates before risking life and limb and brain on the next play.

Feynman relates the story about wandering into a half-empty bar in his middle age and wondering why he needed to have a drink. He decided at that point to forego alcohol for the rest of his life.

And, here is Feynman’s quotation I wish Luck had used when he announced his retirement last weekend: “You see, I get such fun out of thinking that I don’t want to destroy this most pleasant machine that makes life such a big kick.”

Think away, Andrew, think away.

Tim Simard

West Kelowna

No carbon tax on agriculture

Dear Editor:

Re: “Group blocks traffic to protest RibFest,” (Courier, Aug. 27).

I would like to commend the writer for casually commenting that animal consumption has a correlation to greenhouse gas emissions. The greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture and consumption is over 50%,whereas from the total transportation industry it is about 25%.

Twice as much from the agriculture industry, so the question is why there’s not a carbon tax on the biggest contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions, the animal industry? A responsible government would be fair to all evidence concerning greenhouse gas emissions.

Extra CO2 can even be beneficial to plants and thus all life on earth according to Dr. Matt Ridley, a Phd in biology at University of Oxford. In a recent detailed overview of the benefits of extra CO2, Ridley wrote an article “Global Warming vs Global Greening.”

The question is what is the optimum level of CO2 in the atmosphere? The evidence suggests that CO2 levels are likely below optimum and a higher CO2 concentration would be beneficial.

However, there no longer is a question about what is the healthiest lifestyle for humans and the planet.

The answer is a plant-based lifestyle. How do I know? The life span for the SAD (standard American diet) is 79 years. On a plant- based lifestyle, a person lives 14-15 years longer and usually doesn't experience chronic diseases.

Just as smoking has been shown to be unhealthy, there has been evidence for years that that animal products are associated with all of our chronic diseases — high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, cancer, depression and lack of energy.

So, the two big problems are that animal products are destroying our environment and causing many people to die prematurely with grief and heartache.

However, we can be healthy by choice and not by chance. For 30 years now the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) has given people the opportunity to be informed and choose a healthy lifestyle.

Come to the Kelowna Lifestyle Centre at 1130 Springfield Road in Kelowna on Sept. 22 or Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. for a free information session that will give you peace of mind and the longest possible longevity.

Larry Shipowick


B.C. stuck with cruise ship trash

Dear Editor:

Along with almost a million cruise visitors to Victoria comes the realization of what they leave behind: their garbage and recyclables.

According to Tymac, the company that handles the waste coming off the cruise ships, 150 tons of garbage is going into the Greater Victoria landfill a month just from the cruise ships.

The Island can’t handle all the recyclables coming off the ships. Most is barged to the mainland to be processed.

Why is Victoria unloading this foreign garbage in the first place? Who is benefiting from this? Is Canada the dumping grounds for foreign trash? Why did Victoria issue a business licence to do this?

Our landfill is nearing capacity and we citizens will be paying much more for this in future.

While thousands of tourists depart from the ships to walk downtown, trucks are hauling trash across the busy pier and parking lot to a garbage and recycling depot.

Buses, taxis, bicycles, and horses are all trying to pick up passengers alongside huge trucks hauling garbage. This is a recipe for disaster. Someone is going to be hurt or killed in this mayhem.

The first and last thing tourists see leaving Ogden Point is garbage and recyclables piled up.

Instead of seeing the city of gardens, they see the city of garbage.

Welcome to Victoria.

L.M. Klein


Let’s not have a repeat of 2015

Dear Editor:

No one likes being sold a bill of goods and then getting nothing in return.

Justin Trudeau was elected in 2015 and seemed to present some sort of humility after coming from third place, offering “sunny ways” and a new era of co-operation. The day after the election, Trudeau was in a Montreal subway thanking voters.

But what did we get? Did we get someone with humility, who we could take at his word or could rise above the rhetoric?

We got selfies and photobombs and in the spring of 2016 — Elbowgate where, in a fit of questionable decorum, elbowed member of Parliament Ruth Ellen Brosseau while trying to herd MPs into their seats like a substitute drama teacher.

Then, an unethical vacation costing about $300,000 where he couldn’t even spend Christmas in Canada, like a snowboard instructor.

Once he figured out that electoral reform- like proportional representation didn’t fit his current distribution of seats in Parliament that was off the table and new election rules that don’t require identification to vote.

We got budgets with about triple the promised debt annually up to and including 2019.

He gave Omar Khadr $10.5 million, set aside $65 million in the 2018 budget to welcome back ISIS fighters, name-calling, the disastrous trip to India with convicted attempted assassin Jaspal Atwal, etc.

The outright denial of the ethics commissioner’s report — falsely calling things false (I call that lying) back in February, campaigning on the taxpayer dime and more all need to stop, for every party no matter who’s in power.

Chanting “jobs, jobs, jobs” to support a corrupt company like SNC-Lavalin takes voters as fools when I’m sure most people know there’s lots of work out there so the jobs aren’t going away. He takes credit for good economic times but will he take credit for the next recession that he’s done nothing to avoid?

What came together in 2015 hasn’t worked and there needs to be new representation.

This time around, a vote for anyone else than the Conservatives is a vote for Trudeau.

Wayne Llewellyn


No sympathy for rich home owners

Dear Editor:

Wealthy people are selling posh Vancouver condos because of the vacancy and speculation tax. According to a real estate consultant, many of these homes are second or third homes.

It is hard to feel sorry for people who have two or three homes when my children, born in Vancouver, earn reasonable money but cannot afford to buy a first house in Vancouver or Victoria.

No doubt some of these owners are from other provinces or from abroad.

Perhaps we are building too many high-end condos and not enough affordable accommodations for those who cannot afford posh?

Well done, B.C. government, for trying to help out my children.

Eric Jones