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Road design is ministry’s issue

Dear editor:

Re: “Speeders the problem, not road, say officials,” Herald, A1, June 7

Thank you to Mayor Vassilaki for raising the issue of safety on Eastside Road.

Put simply, the slower cars go, the more likely vulnerable road users are to live when they are hit.

In reference to the speed limit on the road, Transportation Ministry district manager Steve Sirett stated “we set the speed limit based on what vehicles are safely operating at,” and “beyond that, it becomes an enforcement issue, not something that our department handles.”

Vehicle speed is ultimately dictated by road design, not a sign on the side of the road. A sign is ineffective in gaining speed compliance. Someone should tell Mr. Sirett that there are also cyclists, pedestrians, and other individuals that use the road. This will not change.

You can either redesign the roadway so it considers the safety of all people and puts a priority on their safety, or you can do nothing while more people are maimed or worse.

Can we morally allow this when steps can be taken to prioritize safety?

Matt Hopkins

Penticton

Pipe protest buys enviro protection

Dear editor:

Kris Sims’ guest column (Herald, June 13) tells us stalled pipelines are costing dearly.

Almost every paragraph Kris wrote is about saving jobs and the almighty buck. Kris asks, “What are we getting in exchange for this opposition?

The answer is quite clear. It may be futile for the dream of the opposition trying to stop the greed and stupidity of man who continues raping Mother Nature, leaving scars that will never heal.

 I don’t believe potatoes will grow in abandoned tar sands or sea life will survive in oil-polluted seas and oceans.

The opposition is trying to cure a planet put in dire straits by man and his greed chasing that almighty buck.

The dream for a clean, healthy world for future generations of all God’s creatures living on polluted land, sea and air is the answer to your question, Kris.

Tom Isherwood

Olalla

Dear editor:

It must be quite convenient for the behemoth fossil fuel industry to have such a large portion of mainstream society simply too exhausted and preoccupied with just barely feeding and housing their families on a substandard, if not below the poverty line, income to publicly criticize the former for the great damage it’s doing to our planet’s natural environment and therefore our health, particularly when that damage may not be immediately observable.

After all, why worry about such things immediately unseen, regardless of their most immense importance, especially when there are various undesirable politicians and significant social issues over which to dispute—distractions our mainstream news-media sadly seem quite willing to sell us?

Although I have never (nor likely ever will) own and/or operate any form of motor vehicle, there are many green-minded people who rely upon their (probably very efficient) fossil-fuel powered cars since they haven’t had a monetarily feasible opportunity to acquire an electric vehicle.

Undoubtedly, to have almost everyone addicted to driving their own fossil-fuel-powered single occupant vehicle helps keep their collective mouths shut about the planet’s greatest and very profitable polluter, lest they feel like and/or be publicly regarded as hypocrites.

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock

Still more kudos for staff at PRH

Dear editor:

My husband, Tony Kuhn, spent seven days in the Penticton ICU from May 27 to June 3.

During that time, the care he received was excellent!

The ICU nurses, dialysis nurses, physiotherapists and doctors were extremely caring and communicated to our family with patience and honesty, and encouraged us to ask questions if we did not understand what was happening.

We are so thankful to our GP, Dr. Tatham, for his prompt action in getting Tony admitted to ICU. His early diagnosis saved Tony's life.

Our specialists in ICU were Dr. Little, Dr. Hochman and Dr. Forzley. Penticton is indeed fortunate to have physicians of this calibre taking care of its residents!

We want to express publicly a huge thank-you to all of the people who tirelessly took care of not only Tony but our entire family, even encouraging me to phone in the night if I woke up and was worried, which I did, and I received honest answers. This gave me confidence that I could go back to sleep and trust Tony to their care.

Thank you all. May God bless each one of you as you care for the patients.

Ethel Kuhn

Penticton

Poor tree never stood a chance

Dear editor:

The tree planted by French President Macron and U.S. No-Trust Trump to symbolize their friendship quietly and happily passed away probably from severe embarrassment and depression.

Joe Schwarz

Penticton

Minimum wage hike passed along

Dear editor:

I went for a haircut last week and lo and behold the price has increased by $1.50.

So much for the minimum wage increasing. It is gone as retailers adjust their expenses to do business.

Socialism does not work! Free enterprise does!

Bryon Berry

Penticton

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