Letters to the editor 

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Funding for a Regional Transit service requires the will of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Provincial Government. Are they going to help fund a service to Vancouver if we cannot even operate a service between Whistler and Squamish?

Local politicians must make this system succeed or there will never be a commuter bus to Vancouver. There will never be a bus from Lillooet to anywhere. We will continue to face reduced trips and higher fares from commercial buses. We will continue to buy old used cars with last year's all season tires to commute.

Come on people! Take a large bottle of water and lock yourselves in a room until you find a way to make this work for the next year. Appoint a team to manage and operate it. Appoint a team to provide political oversight. The next time you approach the district or province it should be to tell them the buses are always full. We need more of them.

Murray Gamble

Squamish

 

No horse senses

Enough is enough! Does someone have to get injured or killed before any more livestock are struck on that dark, curvy and often foggy stretch of road between Pemberton and Mt Currie? Do the owners not value their animals or care about people's safety?

As one of the many commuters who have had the misfortune of hitting livestock, driving around herds of horses licking salt off the road and witnessing horrific carnage, I'm sickened, sad and frustrated. Lame excuses that others are opening or wrecking the fences, that "the horses were here before the highway" and that the livestock owner is asking for funding for fencing is ridiculous!

Horses and cows are domesticated and not wild animals in these parts.

The owner of any livestock is responsible for their care. I'm not sure of legalities but I assume it is their civic duty to keep livestock off busy roads for the safety of the animals and drivers.

A simple, inexpensive short-term solution, while the owner(s) take responsibility for fencing would be to fix reflective Velcro bands on the free range animals to help prevent any more unnecessary collisions.

As for the politics of the situation, those involved should be mending fences and not pointing fingers or passing the buck.

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