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Letters to the editor, August 17, 2017

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Comics to the max

Please always publish an illustrated The Coast (The Comics Issue, August 10). Don't ever stop. —Zso Michele, Halifax

Mind the geese

Three years ago, soon after moving from the countryside to Dartmouth, I witnessed an amazing sight: I couldn't believe my eyes seeing geese actually using the crosswalks in the city. I also found it hard to fathom that the driver who struck a few of these geese last week didn't see them ("Someone ran over the Sullivan's Pond geese and people are livid," Reality Bites by Jacob Boon, posted August 10). I first saw them on a rainy afternoon, and they were clearly visible to me. With all the issues concerning crosswalk safety, perhaps there are lessons to be learned here from our fine feathered friends who reside in Sullivan's Pond. What's next, hand our feathered friends crosswalk flags? —Peter Lund, Dartmouth

This was the worst news to wake up to. If speed wasn't a factor, then how come two of the geese died? I am so upset. I once got out of my van and shoeed them along to the other side because people were getting mad at how long they were taking on crossing. Charges must be laid, or some other idiot will do the same thing knowing they will get away with it. —posted by Diana Graff at thecoast.ca

What they taught us in Drivers' Ed: If it is smaller than the hood, it's a Squishy and you don't stop for it. Sounds horrible, but you don't stop in the middle of the road for a small animal. Doing so increases the chances for accidents and people getting hurt. —posted by Sampson

Impartial isn't fair

Dear prime minister Justin Trudeau,

As a gay person in the United States. I never realized just how much fear I live with, until I came to Canada. I never knew what it meant to fully participate in society, until I arrived in this country. Here, I'm not a gay person. I'm just a person. I don't have to wonder in the back of my mind if every new individual I meet will accept me. I must fear neither actively legislated anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination nor violence like what is sanctioned in much of my country. As national policy in Canada, intolerance is simply not tolerated.

I'm in the process of immigrating, and I'm disappointed to see how the system works. Mr. Trudeau, you claim to want us, but that seemingly only applies to individuals of the greatest means. As it stands, the Canadian Immigration System heavily favours individuals who can afford both an attorney and a Master's degree. The system may be impartial, but it is not fair.

Even more homophobic than the United States, immigrants from places like Jamaica face even higher risks than I do. For LGBTQ+ indivduals, there is a difference between the absence of imminent threat and safety. In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, I ask you: Must we wait for atrocities, before changing the immigration system? —Mary Ann S., New York

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