Letters: Irate at intrusion

Off leash dog park continues to rile Sooke area residents

Our elected officials are considering proposals for the building of a bicycle park and an off-leash dog area on existing park land adjacent to existing homes.

These two activities will generate a fair amount of noise and detritus, require ample parking and ease of access.

Common sense  would dictate that should these activities be located adjacent to the residences of taxpayers, the affected taxpayers will certainly become irate at this intrusion into their space and at the fact that their property values will be negatively affected.

There must be municipal lands that are suitable for these uses without aggravating any resident and without causing any property values to drop.

I hope our council will consider the well-being of all the Sooke residents in their deliberations.

M. Beauchemin

Sooke

Cigarette butts are disgusting

As a former smoker, I know how hard it is to quit. I smoked for 25 or so years before quitting “cold turkey” six years ago. One thing I never did was toss my smoke from my car. Every day I drive to and from work, and drive all day long and I see smokes being tossed so frequently, I am beginning to believe it is part of the habit.

Are there no ashtrays in your cars? Canadian Tire has them, or Wal-Mart. Look at any intersection where there is a meridian and down to the left are butts. Helmcken overpass has thousands there.

I was going to start taking down license plate numbers, but the police won’t do anything unless caught in the act (or even witnessing it as I have seen it done in front of them)

I am appalled at the number of people who do this on a forested island (Sooke Rd.) but like most things, people just don’t care any more.

Every time there is a forest fire, up cigarette prices to pay for the damage as nine times out of ten it is caused by careless smoking, which in my eyes is as rampant as speeders.