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Re: “Letters to the editor, February 26, 2015

It isn't illegal to jaywalk in Nova Scotia *if* there are no vehicles present. However, being in the road outside of a crosswalk is a chargeable offence if doing so causes a vehicle to have to brake. Pedestrians must yield to vehicles outside of crosswalks.

Posted by jesus_marley on 02/27/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Letters to the editor, February 26, 2015

DEAR Mark (The asshole pedestrian):

Yesterday I was driving on the road. I was driving on the road because, like walking on the road, driving on the sidewalk is illegal. I rolled down my window and yelled "Fuck you, asshole."

I would like to point out the following: You are capable of walking in areas that a car simply cannot go, over rough terrain of many different types, but you choose for the sake of convenience to walk in the traffic stream because, entitled.

You claim my car is capable of causing injury and death to human beings and causing serious property damage. So are you. Does that mean I get to complain about your existence?

You claim I am spewing horrible toxins into the air, unfit for human consumption and contributing to global warming. So are you. By breathing. What are you going to do about that?

You claim that I demand outrageous amounts of space for motorways and parking on the peninsula, all subsidized by your tax dollars. In reality, we all pay taxes, the great majority of whom drive cars. All the money goes into a collective pot and is then designated by the duly elected government as to where it is allocated. But, just to make you happy, I will stay away from the 3 square metres of asphalt that *your* tax dollars have paid for on my daily commute.

You claim that I am causing traffic jams and making an awful noise. The truth is that you, by forcing your sense of entitlement upon the rest of us by walking in the traffic stream, are the one creating traffic issues. Drivers are required, because of your noisome obnoxiousness, to slow down, go around you, creating even more danger for oncoming drivers, or stop entirely while you saunter along on your merry way oblivious to the problems you are creating behind you.

Yet I am the asshole? Yes you are.

Please explain. I just did, asshole.

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Posted by jesus_marley on 02/26/2015 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Letters to the editor, January 30, 2014

Respectfully, I fail to see how your complaint can be about entitlement except for perhaps when discussing your own. You speak about there being "no balance of power" between a car and a person, when such a comparison is frankly ridiculous. One could just as well argue that there is a comparable lack of balance between a person and a stampeding herd of buffalo, yet I doubt you or anyone could argue that stepping in front of the latter would not result in death or would indeed be beyond an idiotic act to engage in. Vehicle drivers do have a responsibility to be vigilant for pedestrians. This is a point that doesn't need to be argued. Conversely, pedestrians also need to be vigilant for drivers. Vehicles are large machines that cannot stop quickly. As such, like with the herd of buffalo, it is prudent for one to stay out of the way and not simply expect it to comply with your expectations. Relying on a "moral or legal" premise will not save you from physics. And no law in the world is good enough to bring you back to life because you decided your right to cross the road would protect you from 2000 lbs of metal and plastic.

Both parties in this situation have a responsibility to obey the law. But the law can only do so much if one is not willing to concede to the reality that physics will trump those white lines every single time. So watch out for yourself and show some bloody patience when crossing the road because no matter who makes the mistake, the car will win.

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Posted by jesus_marley on 01/31/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Letters to the editor, January 30, 2014

Re: Car trouble...

I have never encountered a more self absorbed, entitled, and frankly obtuse attitude regarding the issue of cars and pedestrians. Mr. Glencross, speaking as both a pedestrian as well as a vehicle driver, I can assure you that it is indeed a shared responsibility. The reason for this is simple. NO ONE but you is responsible for you. The fact that a vehicle can kill you if it hits you should actually be a great incentive for one to accept this responsibility without question. The vehicle doesn't care if it hits you. The driver of the vehicle, being human can only do so much when a pedestrian decides that the invisible forcefield of ignorance will protect them when they step out into traffic without looking. The sad reality is that people make mistakes. they sometimes lose focus and accidents occur. I've lost count of the number of times I have almost killed a person because they refused to accept that physics is a real thing and that I am unable to stop as quickly as they may feel entitled to when they step out in front of me. In closing, One of the biggest lessons I teach my 3 year old daughter is to always look both ways before you cross the street. I do this because I know that we cannot rely on anyone to see us just because we expect them to and that making that assumption can destroy lives. It would behoove you, I think, to relearn this life skill instead of whinging on about how you shouldn't need to be responsible. You are an adult, sir. Time for you to start acting like one.

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Posted by jesus_marley on 01/30/2014 at 8:50 PM

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