Carbon neutral doesn’t reduce greenhouse gas

 E.J. Hughes’ mural of Malaspina is one of charm, not ‘unhistoric and dated,’ says reader. -  News Bulletin file
E.J. Hughes’ mural of Malaspina is one of charm, not ‘unhistoric and dated,’ says reader.
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To the Editor,

I see one of our local airlines, Harbour Air, is now providing carbon neutral flights, Re: Nanaimo airline commits to going carbon neutral, Oct. 9.

Intrigued that they had discovered a previously unknown type of aircraft engine, I checked their website for further information.

There, I found they purchase carbon offsets, which of course don’t actually reduce the amount of greenhouse gases, and proclaim this as evidence that they put their money where their mouth is in the fight against global warming.

Elsewhere they reveal the cost of the carbon offsets is passed on to their customers. Whose money are they using to feel good?

David Gidlow


Cartoon nails ER problem on the head

To the Editor,

The Tuesday editorial page cartoon, depicting a man with a splinter in his finger, who has had to wait so long in the emergency room the splinter grew into a tree, points to exactly why waits are so long in the ER.

Too many people use the ER as a walk-in clinic. What is it about the word emergency that people do not understand? A cold is not an emergency. A splinter is not an emergency. The flu could turn into an emergency if someone suffering from it has been sitting, untreated, in an emergency room for hours.

There are walk-in clinics in this city and it is about time people were turned away from the ER and sent to those clinics when their complaint is found not to be an emergency.

Why would anyone in their right mind settle in for a possible 10-hour wait when they could be seen at a walk-in clinic much sooner?

Marilyn Gregg


Age of Hughes mural all part of its charm

To the Editor,

Re: City rejects Hughes mural project plan, Oct. 20.

“A painting that is very dated and unhistoric,” said Coun. Bill Holdom.

Is he joking?

Is Nanaimo that much of a backwater that it can’t recognize something with a little substance?

Very dated? What is he talking about? Of course it is dated.

That is the charm, indeed the value of the work.

That is the most useless statement I have read in a long, long time.

F. Archibald


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