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Letters to the editor for the week of January 17th

Loss felt every day


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The highway is a living, moving, and very dangerous place that demands respect from everyone who uses it. Please, please take care of yourselves so that you, your friends, your family, and the friends and family of everyone possibly involved, never have to go through what we've been through. It's so easy to stay safe.

Jamie Pate


Road users need to think of safety

I write in response to Penny Reinecke's letter in the Jan. 10 edition of the Pique. While I cannot begin to imagine the pain she and her family went through, and are still going through following the tragic death of their daughter on Highway 99 in a collision with a cab two years ago, I feel compelled to point out some elements of unfairness of her letter.

The driver involved in the aforementioned accident is a friend of mine. Contrary to Mrs. Reinecke assertion, he has taken responsibility for and is very remorseful for his part in the accident. It is unacceptable that he was doing seven kilometres over the posted speed limit at the time of the collision. However, it must not be forgotten that Mrs. Reinecke's daughter was walking on, not next to, but on the highway. This was around 3 a.m. on a snowy, slushy night, when there was a well lit valley trail running parallel to the highway, only (a few metres) from where the accident occurred.

People (usually under the influence) walking on the highway at night, usually in dark clothing, is something that we as cab drivers are forced to contend with almost every weekend. They are either unaware of or simply do not care how difficult it is for drivers of vehicles to see them.

I am astounded that the municipality has not considered options such as erecting signs at the exits of the village, alerting potential "highway walkers" to the dangers they face; introducing a by-law enforced with fines; and providing at least somewhat adequate street lighting in the dark parts. I think as a result of this inaction over a long period of time, and the nature of the victim's location at the time of the accident, the blame cannot be shouldered solely by the driver.

Having now said that, I wish Mrs. Reinecke and her family all the best in the recovery from their terrible loss, and truly hope no other family has to endure the same fate.

Ben Ashby


'Campus' is best use of land

In his Jan. 10 editorial, Bob Barnett spoke to the decision Council needs to make around post-secondary education in our community and we would encourage the community to be involved throughout the process.