Letters to the editor Jan. 2: Guns, MLA pensions and burning

Unfortunately it seems that too many Americans love guns more than life itself. I am not against the American people, only the crazy ones."

More guns, more problems

I agree with Wayne LaPierre, vice-president of the U.S. National Rifle Association, who, in a statement in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut school said, “call me crazy to put armed guards in schools.”

Yes, he is definitely crazy, as are the many Americans who follow his philosophy.

Remember the high profile shooting case at Columbine high school in Colorado? There actually was an armed guard who tried and failed to stop two students from killing more than a dozen of their classmates and one teacher.

I was in the French army in the early 1960s during the Algerian conflict with France, which was followed by the war against the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale). I know a great deal about guns. This is probably why I don’t own one.

In Canada, I don’t see the need for them. More guns do not solve violence. On the contrary, more guns promote violence.

Unfortunately it seems that too many Americans love guns more than life itself. I am not against the American people, only the crazy ones like Monsieur LaPierre.

Philippe Bures

View Royal

 

MLA pensions only part of cost

Re: “MLA pensions saddle us with indefinite burden” (Letters, Dec. 19).

Someone once wrote that polititians are like rats: what they take for themselves is miniscule compared to what they destroy in the process.

Joe Hronek

Colwood

 

Alternatives to burning available

Re: “Burning a better alternative” (Letters, Dec 12)

This is precisely the attitude that I havewitnessed from burners. Strictly no alternative.

My two suggestions in the past are as follows: firstly, fill a hole or ditch with material, sprinkle a light layer of soil, let nature work and then plant something.

Secondly, spread leaves thinly, use mulching lawn mower, spread resulting wonderful product around vegetable gardens, shrubs and borders.

The letter writer makes it sound like there is a line-up of fume belching trucks just waiting to haul her debris away.

The fact that we are allowed to burn next to schools, playfields and the downtown core is absurd.

To have three guys on call with a vacuum truck starting in the fall, with a plan stating which neighbourhoods will be collected, would be a great start. I think Langford’s bankbook could cope with such a start.

I have personally witnessed what people burn: from vinyl chairs to lead-painted construction materials to all-out garbage. Again, it is not policed.

To state that I should stay indoors on burning day is precisely the ignorant attitude that some (burners) have.

Why has every other district banned it? The complete ban will come and the sooner council works to instigate some form of curbside pickup the better. Again, we are burning a valuable resource.

John V. McGuire

Langford

Just Posted

Victoria man has seen no funding after winning a Human Rights Tribunal case against Transport Canada

Chris Hughes was denied a job after describing his depression and won his case 12 years later

22 public toilets in Victoria: 136 people currently peeing

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

UVic bugs out during big push for United Way

Teams of UVic students, faculty and staff test stamina by pushing a 1972 VW Beetle around Ring Road.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation Visions gala raises record-breaking cash

Event raised $800,000 for 100 pieces of equipment for Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals

New vertical $10 bill coming into circulation November 19

Viola Desmond is the first Canadian woman to be featured on a bill

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview.

Canada Post calls for ‘cooling off’ period to allow for mediated talks

The proposal came as Canada Post workers continued their rotating strikes Monday after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer.

Metro Vancouver homicide detectives busy after separate weekend deaths

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver are investigating separate cases involving two deaths they say appear to be either targeted or suspicious.

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

Most Read