Letters to the editor for the week of September 26th 

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Great service was goal

The Dubh Linn Gate Pub would like to clarify that we did not "close our kitchen" in order to "invalidate our $10 vouchers" ("No food, no fun" Sept.19) (during the Whistler Village Beer Festival). In fact our kitchen did not close at all on Saturday. There is a tipping point in any kitchen where it can no longer handle the sheer volume of orders coming in at one time.

After 5.00 p.m. when the patrons from the beer festival spilled out into the village from the Olympic Plaza looking to sample more of the fantastic beers they had been tasting, we temporarily stopped taking orders into our kitchen at 6 p.m. because we already had over 200 customers who were seated and waiting for food.

We wanted to ensure proper quality and service to those customers who had already ordered, and we resumed service for new orders a short time later.

We pride ourselves in being one of the many high-quality food and beverage outlets in Whistler and we would like to invite (letter-writer) Daniel (Jonckheere) back to experience our venue and bring his $10.00 WVBF voucher with him, which we will gladly honour.

Evan Wilkin, director of restaurants bars and events

Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Whistler

Still love you

Thank you for running my letter last week ("Where was the Pique," Sept. 19)! I'm still sending tourists and newbies your way, and I still love you.

Keep up the good work and see you at the next football game! Go grizzlies!!

Love, your princess,

Stephanie Reesor


Granfondo not a benefit to Squamish

The bike ride blocking the Squamish Highway is not only an improper co-option with no emergency access, but now advertising is being used to boost the idea of the race's existence.

Yes, it is a race in spite of the organizers claiming otherwise. Prizes are given.

Our road, especially along Howe Sound, was not made for bicycles. It was made for cars. It is notable that many participating cyclists returned south on Sunday, Sept. 8 amid the usual traffic.

There were a number of car drivers who, following their needs, went to Vancouver on Friday in order to meet their Saturday requirements and returned on Sunday.

This misuse of our highway has no good purpose and certainly no benefit to Squamish in spite of imaginative comments.

The bike ride cannot be called a success because 4,000 participated in the blockade.

Terry Smith


Rose-coloured glasses my only option

I greatly enjoyed G.D. Maxwell's column this past week ("Maxed Out," Sept. 19). Perhaps because he didn't grow up in Quebec he has an unbiased opinion of the situation. I liked the last paragraph in which he assumes that stupidity will not last and that reason will eventually prevail.

Having grown up in Quebec in the '60s and '70s as a bilingual, I have seen many instances of bigotry on all sides and believe that at the root of all of them is ignorance. 

In 1967 Montreal welcomed the world with Expo and it was a celebration of much more than Quebec values.

A decade later the government decided to ban English on signs and legislate the language of a child's education. The eventual end to this is that Montreal went from a cosmopolitan city to a stagnant grey monoculture with no apparent foreign influence whereas before there had been Greek, Jewish, Chinese, Arabic, "insert your name here" signs and shops proud to welcome all comers.

That the Parti Quebecois went after the English is no surprise because being oppressed is never fun, but there are better ways to achieve a just cause than to oppress back.

Legislating language in a free society is wrong and now proposing to legislate religion is ridiculous. Only common sense should dictate religious dress, for example; most people wouldn't scuba dive in a turban, ski in a burka, skydive in a cassock or high jump in a habit. Anyone who thinks wearing these is essential will make choices as to what activities are possible; laws are not required.

If Mr. Maxwell is right and the electorate decide enough is enough it would be a good thing, but unfortunately I believe that there is enough stupidity out there to be elected on meaningless xenophobic ideas, and that it is easier to blame others for the ills that you have created.

Different languages, religions and beliefs are like different colours of the spectrum and if you decide against them, it's like outlawing the rainbow (as in Sochi) and we all know how unpalatable that is.

Edmond Burke in the 1700s said "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

I personally prefer colour to grey, but am resigned to the democratic ideal and if the majority decide blandness is the only legal path, my only choice is to wear rose-coloured glasses. 

Rob Neaga



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