Letters to the editor

Readers weigh in on Tom Fletcher's oil sands column

Columnist way off base

To the Editor,

Re: Old man, take a look at your facts (B.C. Views, Jan. 23)

Tom Fletcher should stop taking Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s advice. Drinking from tailings ponds does not appear to be bringing any clarity to his argument.

The fact that similar environmental destruction exists in the U.S. means Canadians should shut up and ignore what goes on in our country? Would Fletcher at least concede that any industrial development of this size comes at a significant cost to the environment?

I agree that the oilsands are extremely important to the Canadian economy and provide thousands of high-paying jobs to people across this country, but surely there’s room for a balanced discussion. Perhaps we could start somewhere between shutting it down as Neil Young would prefer or expanding it as fast as humanly possible, the clear choice of the present federal and Alberta governments.

If Young’s comments lead to discussions at dinner tables across this country then he did us all a great service.

Bob Tanner,

Campbell River

 

Young repeats false claims

To the Editor,

Re: Old man, take a look at your facts (B.C. Views, Jan. 23)

Thanks to Tom Fletcher’s column, a few more people know the truth. Using lies to sell a point of view robs any movement of credibility. There is no truth by vote; if enough people believe a lie, it’s still a lie.

If we citizens want to fight the good fight, we must use the truth and not recursively quote each other’s untruths. Otherwise, the moment our lies are found out, we are discredited.

Neil Young’s lies betray the movement he claims to support.

L. Graves,

Vancouver

 

Writer should move to F. Mac

To the Editor,

Re: Old man, take a look at your facts (B.C. Views, Jan. 23)

Well, now Tom Fletcher has done it. He has annoyed, angered, baffled and bored us over the years with his columns. However, to be so condescending and rude about Neil Young’s involvement in the anti-oilsands controversy made me respond.

How does he decide which experts’ findings on the environment he judges to be the truth – the whole truth?

May I make a suggestion: Fletcher should move to Fort McMurray. Enjoy the scenery! And after looking at his picture, who is calling whom an old man?

Heidi Bumann,

Surrey

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