Letters to the editor, October 30, 2014

These are the letters and comments from the print edition

Know Fury

The author's main argument is that the film Fury was brutal and sexist ("Filth and Fury," Film Review by Tara Thorne, October 23)? Welcome to 1945 Germany! A film review should be unbiased and construct a solid argument. The absolute refusal to glamourize the war and very realistic depiction of brutality alongside top-notch acting performances gives this film a lot to ride on. This was a well-done character study focused on the dehumanization of people during war time. —Moviebuff, via email

All the King's women

Can we also get some black representation among notable women getting more attention at King's College ("A call for action," The City by Ashley Corbett, October 23)? Being one of two black women at King's sucked. There's hardly any representation of black people let alone black women. —posted by Cecilia Masimo at thecoast.ca

I got one for you: Pharoahess Hatsepshut is one of the most important people in human history. She is a founder of human civilization. Her reign in Egypt was marked by economic growth, major construction projects, trade, discovery and technological innovation. She discovered the Horn of Africa, naming it Punt. The trade she established there was so important to the development of that area, parts of it are still known to this day as Puntland. Puntland meant the place to get myrr, frankincense, gold and exotic cats. Culture also flourished during her reign, as Hatsepshut was a fashion designer and makeup artist. She is recorded in history as being the inventor of the first formula to produce eyeliner. —posted by e.mcleod.5

Dear Daily Parker

Congratulations! You have found my street in the south end that offers free all-day parking. Please be assured there is always someone home and your car is secure. You will always get a smile and a hello, you are welcome. But what you will no longer get is tolerance for emptying out your Tim's cup, wrappers, ashtray and whatever else you feel is no longer of value to you on the street as you leave for school or work. Clean up your act or we will band together and ask for limited parking. —Not Your Landfill, Halifax

Road worrier

In response to Hilary Beaumont's article about installing side guards on delivery trucks to protect cyclists, please allow me to state a few facts here ("The simple fix for saving cyclists' lives," The City, October 16). Many of the trucks you see delivering in the city also run up the highway overnight. If you have ever travelled on the Cobequid Pass or across Cape Breton overnight and had to push snow up over the bumper of a large vehicle or had to endure the huge potholes in our roads (not likely you have), you will have an understanding of these things. As a trucker who has travelled all across North America for 30 years, I know these "guards" would last about three seconds before tearing off, so you could run your Beemer over them and have a flat tire or worse.

And good luck getting companies to take them off and re-install them according to seasons. The "fix" if there is one, lies not in further hindering the truck drivers by installing guards that would make it even more difficult to maneuver around the city, but rather educating people on the dangers of getting in close to trucks at intersections. Yes, we do have blind spots around the vehicle. I've seen many near-misses on the Waverley Road because cyclists want to travel two deep instead of single file. And I've seen them laugh like it was a joke. Not cool. —Chris Connell, Halifax

Just doula it

I appreciate your coverage of the Chebucto Family Centre Volunteer Doula Program partnership with the Burnside correctional facility, however your headline "Birth behind bars" is misleading (The City story by Leah Gerber, October 2). Women from Burnside receive clinical care during labour and delivery at the IWK Hospital. As participating doulas, we will offer non-clinical support for weeks before and after birth at Burnside, and companionship during labour and delivery at the IWK. —Martha Paynter, Halifax

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