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Letters to the editor, November 23, 2017 

These are the letters and comments from the print edition.

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More great eats

Fredie's Fantastic Fish House has a nice story and super-friendly people running the place, but the last two times I was there the fish was under-cooked, with batter too thick and doughy in the middle ("25 things to eat right now," cover story by Melissa Buote and Allison Saunders, November 16). Harbour Fish 'N' Fries in Musquodoboit Harbour is the best in HRM and trust me, I've tried them all. The Ultimate Fry food truck in Sackville is just that, the best fries bar none in HRM. —posted at thecoast.ca by schmikel

Here are some of my addictions from places you didn't cover:

The dumplings at El Chino Snack Bar. More than anything in the city at the moment.

The Mexican chicken soup at Mexico Lindo is pretty well perfect.

The cheeseburger and poutine, same plate, at Westcliff Restaurant & Convenience.

Turkey dinner poutine at Lion's Head Tavern & Grill.

Baker's pizza at Smith's Bakery.

The beef taco pita at Tarek's Cafe.

The jalapeno burger at the Resolutes Club.

Jalapeno mac and cheese at The Foggy Goggle.

—posted by Jeff Pinhey

Some company for Cornwallis

"Charging Bull" was placed on Wall Street in New York as a guerilla art installation by Arturo Di Modica in 1989. The beautiful bronze remains there in a slightly different spot. People loved it. Now, joined by "Fearless Girl" by Kristan Visbal, in honour of national Women's Day, the statues together continue to cause a fuss, inspire debate, garner lots of attention and earn viewing time. Accusations are brought against "Fearless Girl" for changing the meaning of "Charging Bull," originally intended to celebrate the strength of America after the crash of 1989. Perhaps, as she faces down the powerful bull, she does.

Some say she's bogus, having been commissioned by a sexist corporation for lots of money. But she too stands, and the debate continues. Details aside, what better outcome for works of public art?

I suggest this may be a model for dealing with the controversial statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis. Don't pull down, add on. Specifically, commission an Indigenous artist to create an artwork telling the other side of the story and install it, too, in Cornwallis Park. Cornwallis happened. So did injustices against Indigenous people in Nova Scotia. Put them both in plain view so we can remember and understand and mend our ways through art. —S.V., Halifax

Our climate future

Kudos to Stephen Thomas for his Voice of The City piece on our province at a crossroads ("Believe in Nova Scotia, not coal-fired billionaires," November 26). As he says so persuasively, in 2017 believing in Nova Scotia means embracing a clean energy future. So why haven't we done this already?

First, great leaps of vision don't come naturally for most of us. This isn't a fault—slow and steady often does win the race—but we may have to build new skills in this time of great transition. The second reason: Our political leaders have utterly failed to connect the climate-economy-justice dots. As Thomas says, a clean energy economy is within our reach, and realizing it will engage lots of Nova Scotian labour and creativity. Our elected representatives, who could be helping us examine the various paths for getting there, too often choose instead to stoke our fears by portraying economic, social and climate progress as competitors in a zero-sum game.

The final reason for our quandary is, happily, one that we can address directly. It is silence. Let's face it, most of us don't engage in either public or private conversation about how climate change and energy choices will impact our shared future. To change that—to start talking frankly about how we envision that future, what steps we think will take us there and our many related hopes and worries—will be to take a very big step toward creating the Nova Scotia Stephen Thomas invites us to believe in. It's time to take that step. —David Henry, Halifax

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