Letters to the editor, November 7, 2013

These are the letters and comments from the print edition

Slight lines

I can certainly understand and sympathize with how crappy it can be to have your view ruined, but the tone of the quotes and the article comes off as, "Evil Irving! How dare they do this!" ("Ships park here," Reality Bites by Rana Encol, October 31).

The truth is, the main protection you have from negative changes on other properties is the zoning, so be sure to check out what the zoning in your community allows. And even when it comes to zoning, it can most definitely be changed. The only way to truly protect your view is to buy it (or maybe be directly next to a national park or something like that). —posted by hipp at thecoast.ca

I'm really surprised this guy is surprised, how else can we make all these ships? I can't wait to hear the comments in about a year when they are almost finished that massive construction shed to build the ice breaker---you know, the shed that is about seven to eight storeys tall and spans the length of the yard? —posted by golocal

His view of sunrise is not blocked the vast majority of the year. He has a much bigger problem with the Japanese knotweed growing on his property. —posted by Jowblow

Next it'll be "They're making noise in a shipyard. I know I moved in next to it, but they shouldn't make noise there." —posted by Nukka

I'm surprised at the lack of empathy for what most people would find disappointing. A water view has been replaced with a parking garage. That being a crappy thing seems irrefutable, no? —posted by Daniel Dunn Maguire

Who you gonna call

I'm more skeptical of the methods used by ghost investigators than I am of the possibility ghosts exist ("Halifax's ghostbusters," Feature by Adria Young, October 31).

Ever since Ghost Hunters hit the airwaves, every investigator ran out and bought an EMF reader or KII, without any knowledge of how these devices work---or how to read any kind of results--- simply because they don't even understand what the intended use is for these devices. Just because some pretty lights happen to flash whenever you ask a question is not evidence of paranormal activity.

I think those TV shows have done a disservice to the field of paranormal investigating. It spawns too many copycats that have no clue what they're doing and just emulate what they saw on TV, without looking into whether or not it's a credible method. From what I gather, electricians---the very people KIIs were intended for---won't use that gadget because of its unreliability. —posted by TDF bikes

Lane changers

In other cities with bike lanes, are there no parking signs and enforcement implemented ("Bike lane pains," Reality Bites by Hilary Beaumont, October 31)? Why would the city think people are not going to park in these lanes if they have for ages, or pull over and wait in their cars for someone? I guess tickets will be need to be handed out until people get it. Sounds like the city should have put more thought into this. —posted by smile&wave

As a resident who lives near the Halifax Forum, this bike lane has been nothing but a pain since it was installed. Parking in the neighbourhood was near-impossible before the lane was installed, especially when events were on at the Forum. Now it is impossible most of the time. —posted by visualman57

Biked a part of it tonight and it felt AWESOME. I've ridden that street many times, but tonight was so much more relaxing. Hopefully, given time, others will take a bike and see how great that stretch is with the addition of a bike lane. And I've always been against bike lanes, go figure. —posted by Cranky

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