Letters to the editor, July 19, 2018

These are the letters and comments from the print edition.

Weed the people

Sadly, the government is not really interested in hearing ideas other than the one of selling to cannabis consumers now "under duress" with threat of imprisonment ("Politicians turn down cannabis town hall," The City story by Sandra C. Hannebohm, July 12). Heck, even half the tax money is going to the police force to help them do it. Listening to the people is not what government does anymore. Even our own cities are complicit with this successful hoodwink and hijacking of Canada's largest, greenest industry away from the common people. —posted at thecoast.ca by Jules Burt

Tenant for the win

Last July, I added my letter of frustration to the topic of landlord/tenant disputes ("Oh my landlord," Reply all, July 20, 2017). I am happy to follow up with news of a victory on the tenant side. I received the judgement order in full, the rent the landlord withheld and all of the court costs!

It took over two and a half years from start to finish, but with my diligence and perseverance, I was triumphant. My advice to other tenants: Fight for your rights and don't let ANYONE rip you off. Thanks for the platform. —Cynthia van Kooten, Dartmouth

Linked by tragedy

I'm writing to thank you for the coverage of Swissair Flight 111 on the 25 for 25 podcast ("1998" episode, available now at thecoast.ca/25for25). That happened on my first day of Grade 11. As I was lying in my bed I heard the plane go overhead as it was dumping fuel over Tantallon. My dad raced out of the house—he was a Mountie and a first responder in the Tantallon detachment. He was gone for days. My brother would go on to be chosen as one of the participants in the cultural exchange sponsored by the victim's families: He would travel to Europe twice, and our families became deeply linked by the tragedy.

I think the events of the crash left an indelible mark on Nova Scotia, and our region in particular. I live on Vancouver Island now, and listening to your podcast and the discussion on Flight 111 transported me to a place I haven't been in a long time. Thank you for that. —Kris MacLellan, the west coast

Free preach

I can't believe members of the LGBTQ+ community want controversial speakers uninvited from coming to Nova Scotia ("Coming Out Ministries preys on LGBTQ+ youth through guilt and shame," Opinionated article by Laura Shepherd, July 12). This gives the other side the right to do the same thing if an LGBTQ+ organization invites someone controversial to speak.

Everyone has a right to say or listen to people no matter how controversial. Just because they don't agree or like it, doesn't mean others don't. They of all groups should know this. This reaction has given Coming Out more publicity than they could buy. I didn't know anything about them until I read it. Better to debate issues then to push it somewhere else. I'm not picking sides, I'm just talking common sense.—G.L., Eastern Pasage

The fraught summer guide

About your June 21 Hot Summer Guide issue, I was super not-excited to see a Hudson's Bay blanky (colonial pride) on the cover :( —Elwood, Halifax

I noticed your Hot Summer Guide story about places to get fish and chips outdoors ("Batter up: 7 spots to eat fish and chips in the sun," by Lindsay Nelson and revised online in response to this letter). In the section about Fisherman's Cove, Gordy's is mentioned along with three other places. But Gordy's closed about three years ago and was replaced by Pizza My Heart, which also closed about a year ago and is now an empty building. I hope none of your readers travelled there looking for it. —G. Leach, Halifax

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