Letters to the editor, March 24, 2016

These are the letters and comments from the print edition

A film biz sequel

Leadership is about trust. It is about inspiring others by your character, humility and actions. A good leader will care more about the people, the cause, than their own gain.

Management, on the other hand, is by definition about controlling things or people. Do not be confused: Management is not leadership. A good manager can be a leader, but leadership involves a sense of spirit.

Premier Stephen McNeil, in his desire to be a leader, has fallen victim to this confusion. While he careens wrongheadedly down the path he's chosen he leaves objectors in his wake. Teachers, nurses, civil servants, seniors and film workers all have fallen victim to his attempts to gain control of industries he knows nothing about. There are no discussions about what is best for the province. His approach is to react and attack. Fall in behind him or be discredited and dismissed.

As a member of the film industry in Nova Scotia, I have to concede that the spin this premier has put on the industry is impressive. The lack of knowledge behind his contempt and impatience is obvious. He knows nothing about the film business. He cares nothing about the film industry. A report by his own office shows the steady, healthy growth of the film industry in the province: A return of $150 million in revenue. Yes, $150 million directly into the pockets of Nova Scotian businesses and communities.

What is not widely known is that the devastation of the film industry affected 80 businesses in Nova Scotia. How can any government ignore a move that affected 80 Nova Scotian businesses? The very same government that doesn't care that they have cost 3,200 Nova Scotian workers their jobs by wiping out the same Industry.

Every day we read how the film industry is bringing in millions—no, billions—of dollars in revenue to other provinces but alas not our province. Nova Scotia used to be one of those provinces. We can be again.

Recently members of Screen Nova Scotia met with the government and laid out groundwork that would enable the film industry to start bringing business back to Nova Scotia. To help government decide what to do, please contact your MLA and tell them you support the film industry. Just remind them, "The film business is good business for Nova Scotia." —Darlene Lewis, Halifax

Save some trees

Dear mayor Mike Savage,

My name is Hannah Starzomski, I am 11 years old and I live in Bedford Nova Scotia. I do not agree with our city clear-cutting trees to build ugly homes that all look the same. Take Vancouver, for an example: They are cutting down some trees and building interesting, unique-looking dwellings that blend in or create visual excitement within their environment.

Also, if you are clear-cutting trees, the habitats for animals will be extinguished and soon all animals in Halifax will be gone from our city. I am shocked at the rapid development of the Bedford Highway area and am saddened by the loss of green space. Nova Scotia and Halifax/Dartmouth are known for clean forests, lakes, oceans, wilderness, animals and plant life. It seems with better planning, community involvement and the use of architects when planning these new communities, we would have a more pleasing and greener environment to live in and be proud of.

Please respond to my letter. Thank you very much. —Hannah Starzomski, Bedford

Inside baseball

Training camps for the 2016 season are open. Local politicians and baseball players warm up in the race for the pennant. Top players negotiate their own salaries and some enjoy the advantage of free agency. A rookie star in Halifax real estate can net half a million dollars per and still knock off 36 holes a week. No paid benefits or pension plan.

Top performers are paid what the market can bear. Star players make the game look easy and are revered as role models for their leadership qualities over the fame, fortune and talent. Fickle fan support makes long-term planning near impossible. All sports appear silly to the uninitiated. May the best team win. —Stephen Shay, Bedford

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