Opinion

Expansion of Nanaimo Airport comes with the territory

Proper planning could get people out of their cars and using alternative modes of transportation, says reader. - News Bulletin file
Proper planning could get people out of their cars and using alternative modes of transportation, says reader.
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To the Editor,

Re: Airport upgrades debated, Nov. 24.

I’ve owned many old cars – they’re cheap to buy but are more prone to unexpected repair bills.

I’m not surprised, I don’t get mad. It’s expected when you can’t buy new. You usually get what you pay for.

I live in an old house, part of which is more than 100 years old. It seems to be in a constant state of renovation – finish one repair and another one crops up. It’s OK, I like living in the neighbourhood and don’t expect the house to be as trouble free as a newer home.

I also live close to a school on a busy street. There’s noise during the day, extra traffic, construction noise occasionally and I can be awakened in the middle of the night if young drunks are partying in the parking lot.

I don’t like noise, but I knew the school was there when I moved here years ago, so it’s not a surprise. It comes with the territory.

I attended the public meeting on the proposed Nanaimo Airport expansion and to those who catcalled and interrupted many of the folks who spoke in favour of the expansion (87 per cent according to the survey commissioned by the airport board), please consider my attitude about old cars, old houses and living near schools.

The airport was built in 1942. Unless you bought your neighbouring property 65 years ago, the airport was there first and you knew that when you moved there.

Don’t complain when an airport acts like an airport.

Scott Littlejohn

Nanaimo

Nanaimo was never ‘quaint little town’

To the Editor,

Re: Airport upgrades debated, Nov. 24.

The comment by one opponent that Nanaimo is a “quaint, little town” is indicative of the backward, selfish and unrealistic mindset of those who don’t support the expansion.

I doubt Nanaimo ever was a quaint little town and that description is certainly not applicable now.

With the steady growth it has seen in recent years and the ongoing efforts to clean up its previous negative image, the city has a bright future.

Anyone who has missed a connecting flight from Vancouver due to fog at Cassidy airport or who has had to drive to Comox or Victoria to catch a flight, will certainly support the updating and expansion of the airport – to say nothing of those with business interests or friends and family wanting to visit.

Living on an island has its challenges … not the least of them being finding a fast, convenient and cost-effective way to leave and return.

I support the expansion and hope that it will begin soon.

Lesley Currie

via e-mail

Society must become less auto-dependent

To the Editor,

Re: Thinking past oil, Nov. 24.

We really do need to consider means to offset this coming problem right now.

But where is any action on the part of local politicians?

At the very minimum, unsustainable development of the shopping mall-urban sprawl variety should cease.

How about developing ways of making those existing bedroom communities less auto dependent and allow for the re-integration of living, leisure, consumption and work, instead of separating these by gas guzzling kilometres?

We must be able to easily walk, cycle or bus to our functions, as we once did before the suburban exodus began.

Local agriculture could be supported and encouraged. Remember that in the 1950s, 75 per cent of our food was from Vancouver Island. Now it is pathetically down to six per cent.

The E&N Railway ought to be revamped and made a useful method of inter-city transportation. It should also be used as a commuter train to Victoria south of Duncan.

Think what could be developed if we all got together and started taking this problem seriously.

Larry Gambone

Nanaimo

New garbage rates prevent legal dumping

To the Editor,

Re: Costs jump for dumping trash at RDN landfill, Nov. 20.

To increase the dumping fee in order to keep people with small quantities of garbage (or whatever waste) away is a big shot in the wrong direction.

We should thank every person who makes the way to the dump at his own expense. The $140,000 should be spent opening a line for people with small quantities, at perhaps, no charge at all.

This would be a constructive way to battle the illegal dumping problem.

The actions mentioned in the article are all negative and will increase illegal dumping big time.

Daniel Krebs

Nanaimo

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