Police real bike thieves
Few would label Igor Kenk an angel, but it's disappointing to see every Toronto media outlet spout the police line that his entire stock of thousands of bikes is stolen (NOW, July 24-?30). So much for innocent until proven guilty. Some claim the Kenk raid demonstrates increased police attention to bike theft, but it's clearly more to do with police clearing riff-raff from the newly ?upscale neighbourhood. There are scores of used bike and pawn shops in this city. It's doubtful any more of them will be shut down, though.
Kenk a Queen icon
I want to voice my utter disappointment in Toronto Police Services for the untimely arrest of Igor Kenk. Igor's bicycle clinic has been synonymous with cycling in this city for more than a decade and has become a cultural icon.
It was the fault of the police and their lousy attitude toward cyclists that bikes weren't registered and thefts went unreported.
Suspect bike motives
is it possible that 11 years and 3,000 (and counting) stolen bikes later, the police just recently realized what everybody in the area already suspected about Igor Kenk?
there are many questions about plans to tear down the Gardiner Expressway (NOW, July 24-?30). Will it cost too much to tear down the Gardiner? Yes. Will it cost too much to renovate Lake Shore Boulevard into an eight-?lane thoroughfare? Yes. Could that money be spent more wisely elsewhere, such as on public transit? Yes.
Will it be easier to get to the waterfront over a new Lake Shore than the current road? No. Does anyone who really wants to go to Harbourfront get stymied by the Gardiner and turn around again? No.
Is the Gardiner ugly? Depends on whom you talk to; if it were ugly, car manufacturers wouldn't feature it regularly in their advertisements.
Just bury it
I'm new to the city, granted. but why is nobody talking about the most logical place for the Gardiner - underground?
Kudos to you for your take on e-?bikes (NOW, July 17-?23). It raised some questions that need to be asked about the loose laws that allow e-?bikes to cruise anywhere they choose. Keeping them off recreational trails and out of bike lanes will be better in the long run for all.
They can take their space righteously on the road among the motor vehicles, where they belong, with their signals and their motors and their little wheels. They can replace the car, yes! Perhaps it's the bridge between motorists and cyclists?
Obama's possom politics
I agree with Gwynne Dyer about Obama's Mideast foreign policy change and what he has to say in order to win the White House in November (NOW, July 24-?30). But it's obvious that Obama has to say these things in order to placate Pentagon hawks who still believe the failed war on terror can be won through brute force.
Obama's probably learning the lesson John F. Kennedy faced about bringing in change too fast. Kennedy knew Vietnam was a loss and planned a fast withdraw of all U.S. troops by 1965, but his plan got snuffed when he was assassinated in 1963.
God forbid Dyer wants another hard-?headed Republican in the White House for four more years.
True patriot love
thanks to now and letter-?writer Tom Riley for bringing the critical issue of Iraq war resisters to the fore (NOW, July 24-?30). Canada may at one time have been more than a guarded corral.
But recent decisions and non-?interventions by those purporting to represent the Canadian way indicate an eagerness to punish those who do not support plunder and organized killing masked as virtue. Times have indeed changed.
Such actions and non-?actions by Canadian authorities call into question what it means to be a Canadian citizen.
If Canada no longer stands for compassion, I no longer stand for it.
regarding sending a message (NOW, July 17-?23) Where is the fiasco in the recent announcement that telcos will be upping text massaging fees? No one is forced into contract terms with any telco.
There seems to be some built-in North American conceit that hardware should be subsidized by telcos in exchange for users' business. Nonsense.
Yes, I work in the industry and, yes, our fees in Canada are far too high. Convince the CRTC to allow more foreign investment, but don't complain when Canadian broadcasting and magazines are affected.
regarding the american apparel ad on your back cover (NOW, July 24-?30). I just want to better understand what's going on. It's more raunchy than the average girlie magazine. Most distracting. LOL. Then I read the girl's name and precisely where she works. Surely this is a hoax, or is she now being hit on by all and sundry in Montreal? I'm tempted myself.