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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 20, 2022

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LOOK OUT

Jerry Agar’s Jan. 18 column “Close calls on the road thanks to bad drivers” and his descriptions of incompetent drivers was spot on. Based upon my observations of their behaviours, I frequently question how many drivers could have obtained their licences. I suspect that so-called “driver training” is a huge culprit because many drivers do not seem to understand that it is quite OK to drive in the right lane, whether in the city or on a highway. I also question why police are so hell-bent on fattening their coffers using radar traps, especially in areas where there haven’t been collisions in years, when they could wait at any traffic-signal controlled intersection at any time of day or night and catch at least one red-light runner per signal change. More accidents occur at intersections than on straightaways. The worst offenders are those who seem to think that since right turns are permitted at red lights, they don’t have to stop before proceeding if safe to do so. Nope, they barely slow down as they glance leftward and barge through the light. I doubt that this letter will change anything. Thank you for letting me vent.

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Robert Laing
Toronto

(This is one of the most common complaints drivers have. Sadly, nothing is changing)

UNIFORMED VIEW

Thousands of miles away from Central Europe, in the comfort of his living room, Tarek Fatah makes a stunning observation that Poland is engaged in dehumanizing refugees (“Right wing rising in France; left wing in Latin America,” Jan. 13). It seems very obvious to me that Fatah must never have visited the Polish border himself, yet owing to our always honest and unbiased media, he feels perfectly qualified to express his expert opinion on the subject matter. He is, thus, genuinely concerned about thousands of refugees stranded in western Belarus and if he could, he would invite them all to his cozy living room. What our unbiased media and Fatah won’t say is that Poland, like any other sovereign nation, has the right to protect its borders. That Poland has proper policies in place for legitimate asylum seekers and has accepted thousands of them already. The desperation of immigrants is understandable: Much less clear is why our always honest and unbiased media, as well as Tarek Fatah, will never admit that selling one’s earthly possessions, paying hefty sums to human traffickers, and embarking on a perilous trip to the unknown in the middle of a cold winter and a vicious pandemic may not be the best or only course of action for those in search of a better life.

Jacek Mazur
Toronto

(You don’t seem to appreciate what Fatah himself has gone through, so he understands this plight more than you may appreciate)

DO IT YOURSELF

For those who complain about the delay in having their sidewalks plowed (“Still stuck,” Letters to the Editor, Jan. 19), I would suggest that if this is a problem for you, shovel it yourselves. It seems the more we expect others to do for us (in this case the city) the less we do for ourselves.

Doug Quackenbush
Toronto

(That is true. But so, too, are the reasons why we pay taxes)

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