June 24 Letters: Bike Lanes Save Cities Money; subsidies for doctors will not increase their number
Bike paths pay for themselves
A recent letter to the editor claims that if Langford residents elect a council like those in Victoria or Saanich, they’ll be wasting money on ‘progressive pet ideas’ like bike lanes instead of taking decisions using cost-benefit analysis. In fact, the opposite is true.
Cycle paths are not “pet projects”. Almost every major city in North America and Europe has built or is building a network of bike paths for all ages and abilities.
They do so, not only because they provide residents with more transportation choices, but because the cost-benefit analyzes favored by the letter writer have shown that for every dollar spent on cycling infrastructure, governments save more than a dollar in other areas (mainly due to reduced health care costs from healthier citizens, but also reduced need to expand much more expensive road infrastructure for cars ).
In other words, cycle paths are more than profitable.
The same cannot be said for the expansion of roads and bridges which, thanks to induced demand, inevitably leads to even more traffic (and more greenhouse gases) and rarely solves the problem it was supposed to. solve.
Fuel taxes paid by road users cover only a small fraction of the billions of dollars wasted annually in Canada on such projects.
One-Time Grant Won’t Change Demographics
I watch with interest as the government desperately tries to make up for 40 years of mistakes made by its predecessors. For a retired former GP like me, this offer sounds pretty good.
When I started in the 1970s, most new GPs had to buy an old practice, which immediately put them in six-figure debt. Of course, at that time, the cost of housing was just that little bit lower!
There are a multitude of causes for this problem, but one that everyone should have seen coming: baby boomers like me are aging and retiring from medicine simultaneously. Throwing a single large sum of money at it will not erase this demographic fact.
But I will write to Health Minister Adrian Dix to ask if this grant could be retroactive to 1976.
Mike Marshall, retired physician
More information needed on the plan for new doctors
Perhaps more information could be provided on the proposed “full-time contract” to entice new graduates to practice medicine in British Columbia. It’s not just about the money; it’s a matter of control.
Please let us know:
1. The duration of the contract and its termination and/or redemption clause.
2. The boundaries of areas and places of employment. For example: Should one work in one of the “disappointing” and “ineffective clinics” currently under the “largesse” of the island’s Minister of Health and Health, Adrian Dix?
3. Why should this “abundant offering” be offered beyond the jurisdiction of Doctors of BC (formerly The BC Medical Association)? This “pre-Christmas bundle” of treats certainly has the unmistakable whiff of political expediency. Divide and conquer.
Truly another example of government interference and bureaucratic medical incompetence.
A short-term and certainly temporary solution.
Ron Irish, retired physician
Look of Cadboro Bay about to be changed
Have you ever visited our charming Cadboro Bay area? I love it. It is a semi-rural area with green spaces, great schools and a small village atmosphere. That’s why we chose to live here.
The municipality is trying to choke us down our throats with huge developments with eight to ten storey structures. It’s better for the developers to make a profit, but no plans are shown for new schools to accommodate the huge influx of children nor plans for urgent care centers (those with staff) probably because ‘there are not any.
What is Saanich thinking? Recalls the old song: “Paving paradise and laying out a parking lot”.
Lochside Trail bikes pose hazards
I am a frequent traveler on the scenic Lochside Trail, and luckily so. By encountering the very occasional rider on my walks, many more are the cyclists.
All would be well in this multimodal world if only the latter used their bells or simply shouted “to your left” when they arrived behind us on foot. Alas, this is not the case. In my experience, about 1 in 20 cyclists are looking ahead – conditions ripe for a calamitous collision between an unsuspecting pedestrian and cyclist.
Even more concerning in this regard are e-bikes hurtling down the trail at high speeds. I imagine being accidentally run over by one of these motorized vehicles would really ruin your day.
Bay of Cordoba
Treat the cause, not just the symptoms
A recent letter observed that more people die in the United States from cold than from heat, and speculated that the recent heat dome will remain a rare event here. It’s hardly worth mentioning in the context of the big picture, and that’s how we should do it too.
We risk becoming so preoccupied with local adaptation and dealing with the symptoms of climate change that we forget to heavily address the root cause of our growing hardship, which will be magnified and diminished by the globalization of resources such as food, minerals and migrations.
The failures in this province, as in much of the world, to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to mitigate the growing harm to ourselves and the rest of the world is rightly of critical concern.
It is short-term greed and an inability to appreciate what economists would call “externalities”.
We shouldn’t be cutting old growth, replacing plastic with paper, whether it’s single or limited reuse packaging and containers, exporting or using fossil fuel gas, oil or coal, which will only make things worse for ourselves as well as those in other places. .
The fair sharing of a healthy lifestyle with ambition, bling, toys and travel reduced to those of our post-WWII standard (or less) for all but medical and a few other technologies such as geothermal energy and electrification can give us everything we need to feel happy and connected.
Old Stand protesters should try the Amazon
I find it strange that these protesters are spending so much time here in British Columbia, where forestry companies are replanting trees and trying to maintain the forests that are their bread and butter. They should try to exercise their “skills” where the most harm is done, in the Amazon rainforest.
Clearcutting is the order of the day and nothing is replanted. And we hear that its rainforest is the largest on the planet.
These “inspired” people should go there and see how they are treated. I’d bet “kids gloves” wouldn’t be the answer.
With information, we stay up, we don’t fall
Subject: “Divided, we will surely fall”, letter of June 14.
In the author’s own words, “A column full of ‘wrong directions’.” I would like to clear up a misdirection in his comment.
A quick Google search for “E pluribus unum, united we are”, reveals the true meaning of the motto: “Many, one”.
Although “In God we trust” is the official motto of the United States, “E pluribus unum” has long been recognized as a de facto national motto. After all, it’s on the Great Seal of the United States, which was adopted in 1782.
The modern motto of the United States of America, as established in a 1956 law signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is “In God We Trust”. The phrase first appeared on American coins in 1864.
A second read of my Google search provided me with this:
“John Dickinson’s The Liberty Song, written in 1768, is the earliest known modern use of the phrase ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ The song was published in two Pennsylvania newspapers at the time when the sentiment of separating the colonies from England was increasing.
With thanks and credit to Google search, even though I already knew that.
Are we really better than the Russians?
Canadians are rightly outraged that Russia attacked Ukraine in violation of international law, but where was that outrage when Canada and its allies repeatedly ignored the same law?
I thought we were done with the colonial mentality that only other nations commit war crimes, and that the death and destruction we sow is qualitatively different from that of our enemies.
It’s wonderful that most Canadians can color a Ukrainian flag, but shouldn’t we be so familiar with the flags of the countries we and our allies have attacked; Yugoslavia, Iraq, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria and Venezuela, for example?
I would like to see Canadians condemn all wars, not just those of our “enemies”, by withdrawing from NATO and returning to our once proud role as a nation of peacekeepers.
Langford must elect a new council
A recent letter warned that “woke” candidates would be a trap if voters chose members of Langford Now.
The current mayor doesn’t consult with the community and blithely approves of developments like the six-story monster that looms over two small cul-de-sac neighborhoods off Goldstream Avenue. No planning on how to get all these new people in and out of the congested arterial road, no consideration for longtime households, no concern for the aggressive height of the building.
All will be tenants without investment in the current district. We need a new council that will take into account the concerns expressed and not dismiss them out of hand.
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