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Letters to the editor, December 4, 2014 

These are the letters and comments from the print edition

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Shooting from the lip

James Shakey, your "Let us forget Movember" is a disgusting article that should never have been published (Voice of the City, November 27). When you say that "Movember is the idea that by collecting money to literally do absolutely nothing it will cure prostate cancer," you're basically just broadcasting your ignorance. I work with, and have have worked with others in the past, who've raised thousands of dollars to donate to prostate cancer research and treatment. The fact that you can do this with just the hair on your face is brilliant.

Although you write "Look, I get the attachment to your prostate," it's clear you don't, as you're being incredibly patronizing. The issue doesn't boil down to one organ or another, it's about the health and well being of anyone and everyone that is effected by illness.

I also can't believe you would try to compare the Breast Cancer Society to almost any other similar group that raises money for illnesses. The Breast Cancer Society is notorious for spending the majority of its money on advertising and marketing for itself. The majority of their money is certainly not being spent on research and treatment but rather marathons, pink bracelets and perpetuating the money grab.

How about you advocate for a good cause instead of rallying against a cause that you are completely ignorant of? —posted by The Captain at thecoast.ca

This is literally the funniest thing I've ever read in The Coast. Don't let the hater comments get to you—this is comedic gold. —posted by wr.mcewen


Letting it ride

Awesome piece ("The felon cyclist," Voice of the City by Aaron Williams, posted at thecoast.ca November 26)! The rules of the road were never made with bicycles in mind. Nothing has changed on that front. Bicycles are still never top of mind when considering what needs to be done to ease congestion, or let alone the impacts of so many damn cars on the road. Global warming is already here, it is imperative that we do all we can to make people feel safe riding their bikes, or that we make public transit a truly convenient option and car driving truly inconvenient. —posted by epiong

Ridiculous to think you don't have to follow rules just because you are on a bike. If you want to drive it on a public road, you have to abide by the rules, same as everyone else. You have to stop at stop signs and red lights; you have to stop at crosswalks; you have to make lane changes correctly. This sanctimonious attitude because you've chosen a different mode of transport is self-serving BS. Grow up. —posted by chelleybelly

I follow ALL the rules when cycling and I'm still in a position of thwarting high risk of death every time. If cyclists meet all the expectations and rules pushed upon them and are still considered a nuisance, then perhaps that will focus attention on the real problems around the cycling issue. —posted by Ian Lemmon

I actually feel completely safe running red lights and stop signs on my bike. Why? Because I have better visibility, my bike is easy to maneuver and I've done it for many years and never been hit.

I have news for any reader who's that driver who rolls down their window to whine at me that they are a cyclist too, and because I ran a red light or darted in and out of a lane in front of them, I am "doing a disservice to all cyclists." You are driving in your car. I don't care if you are a cyclist and follow every rule, and if you think that you are yelled at or honked at because of people like me, you are wrong. Since I have moved to Halifax, the only people who have raged at me about following the rules of the road are you "I'm a cyclist too" people. Learn to navigate your bike, stop driving around chastising people who know how to handle riding in traffic efficiently and, more importantly, if you're "a cyclist too," why are you driving an SUV downtown? —posted by commutergirl

Well, you can see all the negative comments are coming from drivers who are stuck in traffic, wasting money whilst we cyclists are getting home faster and for free. Complain all you want bitches, we win! —posted by Mr. Meaty

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