Letters to the editor, September 10, 2015

These are the letters and comments from the print edition

Ferry tale hero

Allison Saunders' "Remembering Craig Blake" (The City, September 3) is a very nice tribute to a fine man. —posted by Danny Dravot at thecoast.ca

I went to high school with Craig and got to know him well in grades 12 and 13. He was and always will be a good guy. I met his wife once about 20 years ago and thought they were great together. I can only imagine how much she and their sons miss him every day. —posted by Sean Palmerston

Craig was a fellow diver and friend, always doing for others. Had the "can-do" attitude and was always there to lend that helping hand, either as a coach or a team member. Great tribute to a fallen comrade. —posted by Dale C Silvester

What's all this then? The Coast doing an article about a municipal decision and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces that is utterly devoid of hipster irony and proglodyte snark? What strange syzygy has brought about this singular moment of class? —posted by Peachey Carnehan

How's my driving?

In response to last week's Back To School supplement story "Exotic cars and the international students who own them," by Sergio Gonzalez: Why haven't the cops made that ugly chrome Nissan get NS plates?! —posted by Haligonian88

Glad to see Citizenship and Immigration Canada accepting only genuine students who want to live in Nova Scotia after graduation. These guys will change the world with their parents' money. —posted by Mich Pottier

Mural is a mirror

The new H^LIF^X Barrington Street mural has pretty colours on surreal art, with a tone of conflict and oppositional defiant disorder. It replaces former oceanic serenity with chaos. Perhaps it's a good metaphor for our province and city—sea animals trying to hurt each other—given all the conflict and mayhem in our news in recent years.

I don't dislike it. I think it's appropriate for a highly dysfunctional area. Maybe chaotic animals trying to hurt each other captures modern Halifax perfectly. Way to go Freak Lunchbox on capturing our zeitgeist. —Colin MacEachern, Cole Harbour

Editor's note: For more on the city's newest piece of public art, check out ShopTalk on page 14.

Runners' manners

An entire week before Maritime Race Weekend—where the main event is Saturday, September 12's marathon in Cow Bay and Eastern Passage—and I am already annoyed. Not only do we have to deal with not being allowed into or out of our own residential streets during specific times on race weekend itself (with no other way in or out unless you have a helicopter); not only to do we have to deal with transit interruption in and out of our community; but a full week ahead of the event we are already dealing with runners taking over our streets practicing for the real deal.

I'm all for physical fitness. I take my walk along these roads every day. However, when there are cars using the road, GET OFF the road!

Please, if you are practicing for this horribly inconvenient event before the event actually happens and our community is held hostage, at the very least, perhaps you could move over that extra two feet in order for the cars to use the road and to spare your lives. —Chris Hulme Colin, Eastern Passage


Last week in the story "Why Halifax is a terrible (and perfect) place to learn English," the Canadian Language Learning College was incorrectly named as the Canadian Language Learning Centre.

The error has been fixed in the online version of the article, and The Coast apologizes for any confusion.

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