To the editor,
I just finished reading Tim Bousquet's November 22 column, "Dual nature," which was as spittle-throwingly over the top as usual. No matter where we stand on the environment, Tim's comments on the widening and improvement of major highways were inappropriate and misguided. Perhaps twinning the 104 through Antigonish, or the 101 through the Valley, would cause more cars to travel these routes. But whatever environmental damage this increased traffic would possibly cause must be weighed against the dozens, perhaps hundreds of lives saved due to the improved safety of twinned highways. I doubt family members of the victims of head-on crashes on these antiquated, unsafe roadways would appreciate Tim telling them that nothing will be done to prevent similar tragedies because "Hey! We need to keep the traffic volume down, and besides, your loved one wouldn't have died if they'd been riding a bike." Get your priorities straight, Mr. Bousquet. Saving a human life is more important than your crusade to lower carbon emissions.
By Chuck Warren