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Letters to the editor for the week of January 17th

Loss felt every day


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Surveys show that a majority of Spaniards no longer support bullfighting, and it is banned in Catalonia. It is largely supported by uneducated tourists and by the travel industry, aided and abetted by articles such as this. The writer calls it "one event that should be ticked off everyone's bucket list."

I call it a sadistic spectacle of machismo posturing, which satisfies the most debased and perverted instincts of some humans, and which should be consigned to the history books.

Linda McGaw


The Emerald bus blues

I originally intended to write this letter last spring when we Emerald folks started dropping off the transit grid, but the weather got better and I adopted my 14-year-old's solution to the problem and I started hitching.

It's a wonderful way to meet delightful people and we knew we would get more service in winter. Ahh but not so! After waiting for the much anticipated, ramped up Dec. 21, 2012 winter schedule (drum roll please) we folks in Emerald lost integral service. I've done a spreadsheet based on my commute time to and from Emerald. At the end of my rant I will provide a potential solution to this problem.

Before the "extra service" schedule effective Dec. 21 2012, we in Emerald had a 5:21 a.m., a 5:56 a.m. and a 6:36 a.m. bus to town. Now we have service at 5:21 a.m. and a 6:34 a.m. In between that over an hour wait for us, there are three buses to Alpine and back to town — that don't come to Emerald.

Often my shift starts at 7:00 a.m. Transit now dictates that I arrive to my place of service a full hour before my shift starts. What will happen to us this spring?

A general break down shows that from mid morning to 4:20 p.m. there is only one bus an hour out to Emerald and back, and during that hour there are three to four Alpine or Rainbow buses that do not go to Emerald. Most people in Rainbow drive cars. Ask anyone on the bus.

I'm fully aware that most folks choose to live "south of the border" so the buses are fuller, but did you know that there are 44 buses that go to Cheakamus between 5:48 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. and only 14 buses go north to Emerald between 5:51a.m. and 3:45 p.m.?

Please help! Take a few moments to complete the on line survey. This info is in all the bus shelters. Together we can make positive change!