The argument Martyn Williams puts forward in his "Forget commuter rail" piece—that a Bedford train isn't fair to people who live elsewhere and thus have to "carry on with the cramped car commute"—is so perplexing to me (Fix the City issue, January 10). These transitions do not happen overnight. As of now the proposed commuter rail is the "most bang for your buck" option for Halifax; it's a test. The success or failure of this first stage will perhaps pave the way for routes to Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage. Baby steps. To reject the project altogether because it will benefit one side of the harbour more so than the other is ridiculous.
—posted at thecoast.ca by Laird Nichols
It's not that it's not fair to people who live in Bedford; that land is HUGHLY valued by developers, and the money from the taxes coming from the developments that will soon pop up along that land is highly valued by the city. There shall be no commuter rail. Ever. And those poor people in Bedford will have to tolerate their view being blocked by huge condos casting dark shadows over their gardens and the accompanying high winds produced by a long stretch of wind tunnel.
—posted by Agra Phol
Sergei Kostin was from Ukraine, and came to Canada in 1993. Ten years ago, Sergei Kostin was a cab driver who picked up two young men on the afternoon of January 17, 2009 and drove them home. They would be the last people he would ever see in his life. One of the men had a gun and for some reason decided to put a bullet in the back of Sergei's head. No one knows if Sergei got his hands up, or what were the last words he said.
The men hid his body under a fallen tree and set his cab on fire. It was a few months before they found Sergei. The man with the gun is in prison now, until at least 2037. Hopefully he will never get out. What kind of person shoots someone they just met 20 minutes before, for no reason? Rest in peace, Sergei. You are not forgotten.
—Another Driver, Halifax
A fan for Flanders
Audrey isn't just knowledgeable ("Audrey Flanders' growth mindset," Shoptalk story by Allison Saunders, posted January). She's friendly and funny and very, very helpful.
—posted by Marc Keelan-Bishop
Go bag or go home
I'd prefer bags for garbage, bins for recycling (Bags or bins poll posted January 16). I have an interior bin for recycling that I could easily empty into an exterior recycling bin. But if we're going to garbage bins, I'm still going to be bagging my interior garbage so that I don't get garbage juices everywhere. It'll just be garbage bags put into the bin.
—posted by hipp5
Bags, because, you know, I'm not keeping a bin of garbage inside my house, nor am I walking out in the snow every winter whenever I have to throw out an old paper towel roll or dishcloth. Am I supposed to just drop the garbage in an un-bagged pile in my house on the floor and them sweep it outdoors into the can? With these crazy rules it's no wonder so many people just screw it and put their old trash in the woods or at the side of the highway.
—posted by Jeff Jeff
My husband fell and broke his hand during those storms ("Sidewalks from hell," City story by Brooklyn Connolly, January 10). He's disabled, so every winter we panic thinking what's going to happen if he breaks his only good leg/arm?
It's one thing if the city plowed the sidewalks down lower, but there needs to be more salt and the intersections need to be cleared. Once down the sidewalk, we have to climb over tall snow/ice banks to cross the street or get on a bus! When you have a disability (even trying to get kids/strollers over) it's nearly impossible, and we're forced to walk on the streets, which isn't safe for anyone.
—posted by Sarah Clark