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Letters to the Editor for the week of March 15th, 2012

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Teachers also have generous benefits including defined benefit pensions where the employer is contributing more than the employee and much more holiday time than most other jobs.

Like most British Columbians, I have a great deal of respect for our teachers. But wage and benefit settlements need to be reasonable because all hardworking people pay for public-sector compensation through their taxes and in so doing have less to spend on their own families. The leadership of the B.C. Teachers' Federation should follow the lead of other unions in this province and wait for better economic times before asking for increases.

Laura Jones

Sr. Vice-President Research, Economics & Western Canada

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Getting through the busy signal

Just wanted to send a message out to the lady driving the grey Hyundai, as per our discussion in the Nesters parking lot on Mar. 6 at 3:30 p.m.:

As I had parked my vehicle and observed you trying to park your vehicle while trying to turn your wheel without dropping the cell phone out of your ear, a thought occurred to me. Perhaps this lady is not aware of how dangerous and illegal it is in this province to talk on your cell phone while driving.

This is the reason I waited until you and your child had gotten out of your vehicle still talking on your cell phone. My intent at this point was to do you a favour and save you some bank. So in a friendly, "Excuse me, are you aware" voice I asked you if you knew that in this province you can be fined for talking on your cell phone while driving. Your response to me (in a European accent, while still talking on your cell phone) that it is up to the police to do that seemed rather rude. Most people might just say "I'm aware of that but, I'm special and it doesn't apply to me" or "the possibility of me having an accident and killing my child and/or some other poor souls is not a concern to me because I'm a safe driver."

I just want to apologize for my bringing you're poor and illegal driving habit to your attention. My bad for disturbing your incredibly important phone call. Please think of me well when your spending that extra cash you may save if you take my advice. You might want to spend it on a hands-free device for you phone.

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