July 26 Letters: Deuce cuts a reminder of the work ethic of yesteryear; TikTok video shows kindness of Victorians

Quality, maintenance and these Deuce models

Deuce Days celebrates the 1932 Ford Model 18. The original cars are now 90 years old, almost a century old.

In today’s disposable world, they offer a glimpse of what quality and care can achieve. The original owners were probably adults who lived through the Depression and a few wars, they knew how to work, save, they stayed debt-free while enjoying the planned pleasures.

They probably had complaints, but they rarely shared them, that was the way it was. More often than not, they were great parents and role models.

Bill Carere
Victoria

Thank you all for your kindness

A TikToker video goes viral. Yes, American visitor Corinn Carlson discovered Victoria.

She posted her video on TikTok to show others her experience on a shared bus ride while on vacation in Victoria. Taking a local transit bus through town to film her video, she noticed passengers regularly saying “thank you” to the driver as they exited their ride.

“Thank you, thank you driver”, and so on… pretty much everyone. It made his day and thought it was “very nice” that they took the time to do this.

Politeness at this level is routine for us, and it’s nice to know that she noticed it and now it’s gone viral.

We say “thank you” as a matter of course. If anything attracts visitors to this city, it is the friendliness of its citizens.

But it does not stop there. Say “thank you” to others who help you, such as cashiers who sell you groceries, delivery people at your door, stewardesses at store entrances, someone who opens the door for you and holds it open as you walk in, or any sort of extended courtesy shows you a positive attitude.

Thank you all!

People are naturally grateful when kindness is offered to them. So keep it up, Victoria, because now you’re famous for all the right reasons.

Thank you American and all visitors for coming here, welcome!

CE Jewishbury
Saanich

Cellular service has swung into action, but what about air travel?

The federal government and the minister responsible responded quickly and with appropriate outrage by addressing the outage caused by Rogers’ network.

This was indeed disastrous and required a quick response from our government, which it did.

Why has there not been a similar response from our government and the Minister of Transport to the equally disastrous problems with our air travel and the airlines involved?

Paul Longin
Victoria

Fixing healthcare with a dual private system

Certainly our Canadian healthcare system needs basic updating, repair and replacement. We are in serious trouble.

The long-outdated “universal” health care system no longer serves Canadians well. We need to update to be like the system in most advanced countries in the world.

A universal health care system that allows for a dual system of private care is overdue. This will allow doctors to serve all patients who choose to pay more than the “universal” fee if they choose to do so.

Doctors are required to serve so many days a week, universal patients as well. It will shorten medical lines, allow doctors to earn more, give people who choose to pay direct (rather than buy a can of beer) good service, and bring Canada medically up to date.

We need change.

Clint Forster
Victoria

Canada should not pay Pope’s expenses

Why can’t the Pope and the Vatican come up with the $35 million? They are the ones who are historically responsible for all this tragedy and debacle in the first place.

This would only require the sale of a few minor artifacts from the vast collection of the Holy See.

John Stevenson
Victoria

Spend the money where it will help you the most

Money spent on Pope Francis’ visit could be well spent on critical indigenous issues, provided there is no Pope Francis visit.

I understand that the pope has already apologized to the indigenous peoples. The question to be answered: is it better for indigenous peoples to have a personal visit from Pope Francis where he apologizes – again – on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church for acknowledged transgressions, or to take the money generated for his visit to be used for native issues?

It’s one or the other. Not both.

Donald Lang
Langford

Financials are not the only ones

Re: “These deep space photos are a distraction”, letter, July 14.

The letter complains that the James Webb Telescope is “just another colossal waste of money”.

I guess King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain also wasted a colossal amount of money when they invested in Christopher Columbus’ transatlantic voyage of discovery.

Think about it: if Ferdinand and Isabelle had chosen to save money, many of us could still work on other continents. We must remember that civilization holds many important values ​​beyond financial values.

Harold (Hal) Kalman
Victoria

Trudeau shows great hypocrisy

The July 14 story “Health spending must produce ‘tangible results,’ says Trudeau” is hypocrisy at its best.

The Prime Minister handed out hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Indigenous peoples for ground-penetrating “radar shots,” not “unmarked graves” of children. These “knocks” can be just voids such as tree roots.

Then, in the same edition of Times Colonist“Ottawa will provide approximately $35 million for expenses during the visit of Pope Francis.” So can the pope apologize to indigenous people for the sexual abuse of children in residential schools?

He would have to pay to pay for his own safety or go without the safety net.

And Justin Trudeau wants ‘tangible results’ for any money he begrudgingly gives to the provinces for Canadians dealing with medical emergencies across Canada?

I do not believe that. Not only hypocritical, but insensitive at its best.

John Walker
Cobble Hill

Don’t blame cats for raccoon damage

Every year, throughout the growing season, local newspapers print letters from gardeners complaining that cats are using their vegetable and flower beds as litter boxes. It’s possible this could happen, but I’m still amazed that so many plant-smart people don’t recognize the daily (or nightly) actions of raccoons.

I am the proud owner of the only remaining cat in our neighborhood, and she is an indoor cat. But outside, between three and twelve raccoons visit my garden every day, from mid-afternoon until dawn. I watched them obsessively examine and ruin every freshly turned patch of soil and every new plant over and over again.

Cats might care less about seeds and areas with plants. They prefer to relieve themselves in a pleasant, undisturbed place, then they carefully bury their droppings to ensure that their deposits go unnoticed by predators.

Raccoon poop is often the same size and consistency, but they don’t hide it. I find heaps of them under shrubs, on rocks and around disturbed ground. And the raccoons aren’t deterred by the materials placed there to discourage the felines.

Unlike cats, raccoons have strong, dexterous paws for digging up anything you want to plant, lifting any implements you want to put in their path, and are particularly attracted to disturbed ground.

If gardeners want to stop the nightly destruction of their gardens, they must first correctly identify the culprits.

Sandra Wiles
Saanich

Drivers, slow down and save money

There is no “car accident”. These are collisions. An accident, by definition, is something unexpected and with no apparent cause, but all vehicle collisions have a cause, so it can be expected.

It could be a driver not following the rules of the road or not driving for the conditions, but the main causes are distractions and impatience. Impatience in my opinion is by far the number one cause of collisions. The impatient driver takes more risks.

European studies carried out in the 1990s had shown that with one second more to react, a driver had an 80% greater chance of avoiding a collision. The higher the speed, the less time the driver has to react.

Moreover, recent studies by road safety organizations have shown that new so-called driver assistance features only create more distraction.

With an estimated 2,000 road deaths each year in Canada causing grief and 10,000 seriously injured, medical costs run into the hundreds of millions, most of them preventable.

When debating speed limits, we must remember that our culture of self-entitlement often interferes with making the best decisions. Yes, we need to slow down and drivers need to better plan their time behind the wheel to avoid impatience and risky behavior.

By creating a road safety force, which would be more than profitable through ticketing, city governments can avoid a strain on police forces and other budgets.

In addition, driver training needs to be taken much more seriously. Whiners will continue to complain about lower speed limits, red light cameras, speed cameras, etc., and should not be allowed to dominate the discourse as much as they currently do.

Slower is healthier and saves money.

Ivan Olynik
Victoria

Canada should focus on renewable energy

It is the height of madness to think that Canada should equip itself to supply LNG to Europe.

Of course, Germany is in a bind this year due to its unfortunate dependence on Russian gas, but installing new LNG infrastructure in Canada will take years. In the meantime, the European Union’s thirst for gas will have changed.

A UK-based fossil fuel consultant, Sarah Brown, points out that European Union countries, in response to the climate crisis, are deliberately avoiding long-term gas supply contracts.

A better solution for the EU would be to increase its spending on the development of renewable energies: solar, wind and geothermal electricity production.

A better solution for Canada would be to do the same rather than wasting new money after a disaster just to increase dependence on a fossil fuel that needs to be phased out urgently and at scale. world.

Barrie Webster
Victoria

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