Letters to the editor

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O’Connell photo/submitted)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government’s inaction has led to old-fashioned ‘war in the woods’

How can we still be debating the value of old-growth forests in 2021, asks letter writer

  • Apr 16, 2021

 

A raccoon prowls near a porch in north Nanaimo last fall. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Attack on dog shows raccoons can be nasty creatures

We had to take our black lab to the emergency vet for treatment, says letter writer

  • Apr 11, 2021

 

A conceptual drawing of ‘complete streets’ work on Front Street in downtown Nanaimo. (McElhanney image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes help cyclists enjoy a safer commute

Bicycles aren’t taking up more than their share of the road, says letter writer

  • Apr 10, 2021

 

The city needs to work with others to aggressively obtain and provide housing options for people experiencing homelessness, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City can do more to help with housing for people who are homeless

Marginalizing people experiencing homelessness is not a compassionate approach, says letter writer

  • Apr 5, 2021
The city needs to work with others to aggressively obtain and provide housing options for people experiencing homelessness, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo city council’s motion this week formally opposing logging of at-risk old-growth forests is concerning, says the Truck Loggers Association’s executive director. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nanaimo’s old-growth motion doesn’t reflect realities in forestry sector

Truck Loggers Association says its membership disappointed by city council’s decision

  • Apr 2, 2021
Nanaimo city council’s motion this week formally opposing logging of at-risk old-growth forests is concerning, says the Truck Loggers Association’s executive director. (News Bulletin file photo)
A conceptual drawing of ‘complete streets’ work on Front Street in downtown Nanaimo.(McElhanney image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes can help to encourage more cycling

Maybe it’s a matter of ‘build it and they will come,’ says letter writer

  • Apr 1, 2021
A conceptual drawing of ‘complete streets’ work on Front Street in downtown Nanaimo.(McElhanney image)
Nanaimo Correctional Centre. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Serving a sentence is no joke

Jail should be about rehabilitation, not punishment, says letter writer

  • Mar 27, 2021
Nanaimo Correctional Centre. (News Bulletin file photo)
Workers erect fences around Italian Square Park last week after city bylaws officers and police asked people experiencing homelessness to move out. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Solutions to homelessness don’t fit neatly inside party lines

Letter writer suggests fact-based approach drawing from both sides of the political spectrum

  • Mar 25, 2021
Workers erect fences around Italian Square Park last week after city bylaws officers and police asked people experiencing homelessness to move out. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Letter writers suggest they aren’t likely to use bike lanes. (Black Press file photo)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Nanaimo’s hills aren’t cycle-friendly

City should consider practicality of bike commutes, says letter writer

  • Mar 23, 2021
Letter writers suggest they aren’t likely to use bike lanes. (Black Press file photo)
Readers react to designs of the new Nanaimo Correctional Centre.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New jail seems overly luxurious

‘I am thinking of what crime I can commit,’ says letter writer

  • Mar 20, 2021
Readers react to designs of the new Nanaimo Correctional Centre.
The Regional District of Nanaimo faces challenges with garbage bin replacement requests. (Michael Briones photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bigger bins a sign we’re creating too much waste

We can reduce our garbage by seriously considering every single thing we buy, says letter writer

  • Mar 20, 2021
The Regional District of Nanaimo faces challenges with garbage bin replacement requests. (Michael Briones photo)
Canadians have a constitutional right to worship, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s our right to worship

Many businesses open in the pandemic and churches should be allowed to open too, says letter writer

  • Mar 18, 2021
Canadians have a constitutional right to worship, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
Maps from 2019 and 2020 showing new housing starts in Nanaimo. The blue dots indicate multi-family dwellings. (City of Nanaimo image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Apartments needed, not condos

Building condos won’t help create housing vacancy for people who need it, says letter writer

  • Mar 15, 2021
Maps from 2019 and 2020 showing new housing starts in Nanaimo. The blue dots indicate multi-family dwellings. (City of Nanaimo image)
Updated drawings of planned pedestrian improvements at the intersections of Victoria Road and Cavan Street and Victoria Crescent and Esplanade. (City of Nanaimo image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Intersection changes not an upgrade

Victoria Crescent-Esplanade work a major waste of money by the city, says letter writer

  • Mar 13, 2021
Updated drawings of planned pedestrian improvements at the intersections of Victoria Road and Cavan Street and Victoria Crescent and Esplanade. (City of Nanaimo image)
The plastic that we use once and then throw away sticks around and causes harm to the environment, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s time to cut down on single-use plastics

Microplastics are whirling around in the planet’s air and water environs, says letter writer

  • Mar 12, 2021
The plastic that we use once and then throw away sticks around and causes harm to the environment, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
A conceptual drawing of ‘complete streets’ work on Front Street in downtown Nanaimo.(McElhanney image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes necessary for safety

It is difficult and dangerous to cycle downtown, says letter writer

  • Mar 11, 2021
A conceptual drawing of ‘complete streets’ work on Front Street in downtown Nanaimo.(McElhanney image)
News Bulletin file photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes inexpensive compared with roads

It is a myth that car drivers are subsidizing cyclists or pedestrians, says letter writer

  • Mar 8, 2021
News Bulletin file photo
A concept for development of the Green Thumb property in north Nanaimo. (Barefoot Planning and Design image)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Develop land with care and thought

It’s getting to the point that you can’t go a block without seeing more apartments, says letter writer

  • Mar 6, 2021
A concept for development of the Green Thumb property in north Nanaimo. (Barefoot Planning and Design image)
Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Justice system is failing us

Crime rampant, police overworked, businesses targeted, citizens unsafe, says letter writer

  • Mar 6, 2021
Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Protesters march on Nanaimo’s Commercial Street last September, calling for greater protection of B.C.’s old-growth forests. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More old growth needs protecting

Public support for protecting old-growth forests is evident, says letter writer

  • Mar 4, 2021
Protesters march on Nanaimo’s Commercial Street last September, calling for greater protection of B.C.’s old-growth forests. (News Bulletin file photo)