Letters to the editor, December 3, 2015

Meade with love

Editor's note: Last Saturday at Gus' Pub, Halifax's music community came together for Jim Meade ("A friend in Meade," Arts by Adria Young, November 26). After the longtime Gus' bouncer suffered a stroke in October, 13 bands played Black Sabbath for the Jim Benefit Bonanza and raised over $3,500 to help with his recovery. Meade was able to attend for a few hours, and the bar even sold out of Oland's. The fundraiser was in addition to almost $5,000 raised through a GoFundMe campaign.

I want to say a special thanks to everybody that showed their support and all the bands that played. I felt how much people cared for me. Thank you to anybody that's involved in the Pub or goes to the Pub. Thank you to the community for coming together and helping. What you're all doing is very much appreciated. I don't know how long I'm going to be out of commission, but I know I'm going to be out for awhile.

I'm a lucky person, though—I could have been dead. Between the fundraiser and the GoFundMe online, it's got me blown away.

Special thanks to Jake Thurgood for putting it on at the bar, and special thanks to Debbie Wallace who started the GoFundMe. Special thanks to Dimo Georgakakos, too, he's done more than a boss has ever done. It's hard to find the words to say, but it's blown me away how much people have supported me and who all came out, especially the people who didn't know me and just showed their support. The amount of time I got to spend at the bar was great. I'd rather be at the bar. But I know I'm lucky, I'm walking and talking and I'm determined to recover.

This stroke took me out, but it ain't taking me down. I appreciate everything a lot. Thank you. —Jim Meade, Halifax

New school math

I am wondering why The Coast hasn't touched on the issue of the new high school slated to open in 2018 in Eastern Passage. The fact that the province has pushed this project through despite objections by taxpayers at large, as well as members of Halifax Regional School Board who are vehemently opposed to this project, is not OK. We currently have four high schools on the Dartmouth side of the harbour that are only at approximately 60 percent capacity, yet we are spending over $20 million of taxpayers' money to build a new school? Where is the logic? Why isn't that money being used to buy books, hire specialists, decrease classroom sizes?

Instead we are going to use the money to decimate Cole Harbour High, where the population is estimated to drop from over 800 students to 300, even though $10 MILLION WAS JUST SPENT LAST YEAR RENOVATING THIS SCHOOL? Tell me how this makes sense? Coast, you need to let people know this is happening, they need to understand that at the end of the day this is going to have a trickle-down effect on almost every school in Dartmouth and on the services provided at every school in HRSB. You need to help us concerned citizens get our message out to the province: THIS IS NOT OK! —Kimmy, Dartmouth

Trullo detective

I just read the review of Il Trullo by Melissa Buote ("Il Trullo tasty," Food + Drink, November 26). She starts on a very negative note, talking about "watching the sun set on the shitty view of downtown Dartmouth...seated on the drab side of the almost-empty restaurant." But if the restaurant was nearly empty, and she was unhappy with her seat, why didn't she simply ask to be moved? An easy solution, and better than grumbling through her meal. —Taiya Barss, Halifax

A rather tacky and not really needed opening to this "review." Why did you even agree to be placed there? As my Mom used to say: You have a mouth and voice, use it. —posted by dartguy at thecoast.ca

Would you lead off a review of the certified fabulous Wooden Monkey with a description of the construction site outside? It's what's inside that matters. And Il Trullo IS good, with or without the view. —posted by Arachnius

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