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Letters to the Editor for the week of May 31st, 2012

Concerts aren't free

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Guess what? Those concerts ain't free and represent tax dollars that could otherwise be spent on actually driving business to Whistler rather than just (wasting it) on stupid bands that people couldn't care less about seeing.

It might sound good walking by, but that's about it. Why not use half the RMI money currently being pissed away to promote relevant bands that people will actually book a weekend trip to come see, AND pay money for a ticket?

People just point and snicker or have a nostalgic '80s big hair moment with the current cheesy band lineups. Whistler ends up shooting itself in the foot when events like Jazz On The Mountain comes to town and gets screwed because there is no precedent for ticketed events.

Save the "free" concerts for local musicians who need the exposure and will actually get up and play for free! Open mic night at the plaza!

Another big question is why isn't Whistler Olympic Park being utilized for a big festival event that would attract thousands like Pemberton Music Festival did?

The municipality needs to get out of the event promotion business and not be a roadblock for the expert promoters who know how to put on shows that people will pay good money to come up and see.

Tom Landers

Whistler

Traffic management on #99

On Saturday, May 20, my wife and I were among several thousand people who were held up for about 1.5 hours by a head-on collision close to the Daisy Lake Dam. Our sympathy goes to the victims of this accident, however, the purpose of this letter is to examine traffic management procedures following accidents of this type.

I have lived and driven in many countries and provinces and it always seems to take longer for the RCMP to get traffic flowing after an accident on Highway 99 than it does in other jurisdictions.

Whether this observation is valid or not, sensible traffic control is obviously required to manage the effect of serious accidents on #99, because there is no alternative route.

Traffic control should give consideration to the volume of traffic flowing in each direction. On Saturday this didn't happen — the radio reported regularly that the lineup southbound was five to 10 minutes while the northbound lineup was over an hour and a half. Obviously the people controlling traffic were giving equal time to each direction without consideration to volume. This probably generated losses for Whistler merchants, and others, of tens of thousands of dollars.

But even this aspect of traffic mismanagement isn't my major concern.

At Rubble Creek, just below the accident site, #99 runs through the remains of the 1855 Barrier slide and it has always been recognized that eventually there will be another large slide in this area.

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