Why is U here?
I doubt Marcel Nazabal, of the band Latin Drama, said he's "Columbian" as you printed ("Latin Drama," New Music Issue by Adria Young, June 9). People from Colombia the country are Colombians. There is no "u" in Colombia the country or Colombians the people. Why can't Canadians ever get this right? I have to believe it is because you guys grew up with British Columbia. —posted by Leelee at thecoast.ca
Honda & homes
It's a beautiful sunny Sunday and I sit at a computer thinking about the threatened community destruction around me. I don't want to. There are a million things to do as the weather gets warmer—planting the seedlings I've been tending, or hanging with my daughter and her dinosaur in a hammock at Point Pleasant. Yet she sits indoors watching the TV that allows me to scratch out some time.
It reminds me that it's more insidious than the Steele Auto Group simply trying to "Steele our Hood" (great line, BTW). They're also stealing our lives; stealing our energy, our precious time, our friends' and family's time, even our very thoughts. They steal it all. All the fear, worry, planning, determination and action that we do, could be time spent enjoying so many of life's pleasures.
This grand-scale community theft is forced on us because our city leaders have chosen not to fix the rules another generation made for a different time. Instead, they are shrugging their shoulders and letting the Steele Group go ahead and change our neighbourhood wholesale. The people we trust to ensure the wellbeing of all our city remain mute and complacent regarding the demolition.
I've come to realize the neighbourhood's attractive little row houses that will soon disappear are home to some extraordinary people. Because of this threat, people have stood up for themselves, their families and for strangers, too. Creative people, hard-working people, generous people. People who form both the community building blocks and the mortar that binds it together. There are so many people that I didn't know about until Rob Steele came along pursuing profit despite the costs.
So Rob Steele, it's unlikely that I'll ever run into you in Gus' Pub, because you probably don't spend a lot of time in the neighbourhood. But if I did, I'd have to thank you for introducing me to the amazing people around me that I didn't know about and, ironically, for strengthening the community ties you are eager to destroy. —Will Flanagan, Halifax
I would like to give my opinion on the Honda Steele issue. My apartment is one of the buildings that's going to be torn down. I've lived here for four years, the longest I've lived anywhere since the days of living with the parents. I love my spot, I've made absolutely fantastic memories here and a bulldozer isn't going to take those away, so will I be sad to leave? Immensely. However, it's also time to go, and here are the reasons why:
The buildings (there are nine of us) have been openly for sale since I've moved in. There was even a gigantic sign on the side of the building for awhile. Since they've been for sale, this has resulted in minimal repairs being done because, to quote the landlord, "I want to sell and I don't want to put any more money into these places."
I understand tearing down houses to put up a parking lot is very Joni Mitchell and does suck, but my area is zoned for both residential and commercial so what they are doing is perfectly legal. Yet because of this ordeal I have had to deal with people constantly picketing outside my bedroom window, around back, everywhere around where I live. I walk outside and there are cameras focusing on me or I'm being asked to give a statement. People are yelling and honking and surrounding my area all the time. There are security guards who walk around to make sure that nothing happens—yell at them all you want, but they help me pick up the garbage people leave behind.
As much as I love my little home, I'm OK with moving. Change happens and I'm willing to move forward with this change because I've always known it would happen and I'm going to embrace my next little home the same way I did this, and fill it with amazing times and memories as well. Now I just want to move away in peace and not as a sideshow spectacle. —Just another perspective, Halifax