Letters Nov. 4: The perils of contemporary headlights; new MD deal rewards inefficiency

Letters from our readers: Weighing in on a vegan eating regimen, gravel letter an excellent snort, atmospheric rivers aren’t the identical as a Pineapple Specific.

Security comes first with automobile lights

I recognize nice recommendation to be taught to regulate my mirror when driving my ­“peanut automotive” in entrance of a big pickup. However we, drivers of peanut automobiles, know this isn’t an answer.

And what ought to I be taught to regulate when this massive pickup is coming in direction of me? That automobile can see mine very nicely, however I may be blinded, lose management, swerve and right here we’re, each inconvenienced, if not worse.

Some producers of luxurious autos are engaged on this subject, however the remainder of us must put up with this example for for much longer. There are such a lot of ridiculous options on at present’s automobiles that you need to use whereas driving, however headlights aren’t particularly addressed.

The answer is in regulating the automobile producers concerning the impact of blinding lights they set up on their product, and making it necessary they aren’t disturbing and distracting for the oncoming autos.

The identical goes for a turning sign. They need to all be yellow as a substitute of tiny crimson blinks that on many autos are exhausting to see irrespective of how a lot consideration you pay. Security first.

Nina Frankl


New physician construction doesn’t reward effectivity

I’m a neighborhood household physician in Victoria. Whereas I acknowledge that the proposed new billing system will profit a major variety of household docs, it appears to have a major flaw. It doesn’t reward environment friendly work; it rewards the other.

I’ve prided myself on changing into extra environment friendly at my job over time. I’ve two younger youngsters and time is my most valued commodity.

When I’m working, I’m “locked in” to finish my duties. Normally, this equates to me spending hours much less time than my colleagues to do the very same quantity of labor.

I don’t take “shortcuts” or rush my sufferers. I’ve labored exhausting to run my observe effectively. I additionally don’t see extra sufferers per hour than my colleagues.

As outlined within the new billing system, I can’t be making any vital good points in earnings. However, plenty of my colleagues will profit from elevated oblique affected person care earnings and make considerably extra money than me for doing the very same quantity of labor. Taking longer to do a process leads to financial acquire.

I acknowledge that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all resolution, however until there’s a normal improve in payment codes and visit-associated time modifiers, my type of observe is just not rewarded. That is the precise reverse of every other job I’ve encountered — taking much less time to finish your duties is mostly inspired and rewarded within the work trade.

Ought to a contractor employed to pave a metropolis street be paid greater than one other in the event that they take longer to finish the job? ­Quite a few different examples exist.

An instance within the medical subject could be our hospitalist group on the native hospitals. All of them carry the identical affected person load and are paid the identical primarily based on a day’s work. If one hospitalist takes eight hours to spherical on 20 sufferers, ought to they be paid greater than the hospitalist who takes six hours? Below the brand new proposed household physician payment schedule, that is primarily what is going to occur.

Dr. Stuart Marshall,

Moss Rock Medical Victoria

Senior managers get credit score for water

Re: “Particular thanks for our ample provide of water,” letter, Nov. 1.

The letter-writer asks whether or not it’s “doable to establish, acknowledge and honour those that … conceived of, advocated for, designed and constructed the raised dam” on Sooke Lake Reservoir which has an ample provide of ingesting water for the capital area after our historic summer time drought.

The reply contains many individuals, however primarily they’re the managers and employees at Capital Regional District Water and the native elected officers who had been on the CRD Board and the Regional Water Provide Fee within the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s. Specifically, senior managers Jack Hull, Gordon Joyce, Peter Malone and G.S. Irwin.

Their insightful choice to broaden the storage capability of Sooke Lake Reservoir was not an uncontested coverage choice. Some involved residents and environmentalists argued towards such a plan of action each on the political degree and, with the help of the Sierra Authorized Defence Fund, in court docket challenges within the B.C. Supreme Court docket and in an attraction to the B.C. Court docket of Enchantment.

Following the conclusion of authorized proceedings, the dam on the Sooke Lake Reservoir was raised six metres in 2002, which doubled the water storage ranges to make sure an satisfactory provide of unpolluted secure ingesting water for these areas of the rising inhabitants of CRD served by regional district water. Since 2002 the annual water conservation guidelines help in sustaining satisfactory water provide ranges within the reservoir regardless of the ever-changing and unpredictable climate-crisis climate patterns on south Vancouver Island.

Man McDannold


Atmospheric river or a Pineapple Specific?

There was plenty of confusion in regards to the distinction between an atmospheric river and a Pineapple Specific.

An atmospheric river is a normal time period for heavy rain occurring in a reasonably slim geographical hall. A Pineapple Specific is an atmospheric river that originates from the Hawaiian tropics.

Pineapple Specific storms convey heavy rains and hotter temperatures. Our present atmospheric river originates from the north. This is the reason it isn’t as heat is it’s throughout a Pineapple Specific.

Steve Dove


Nature’s ball bearings want a warning

“A rock-solid concept for describing this” in Nov. 2 letters mocks the street division’s “free gravel” signal. Actually there’s a huge distinction between free gravel on an paved street and a well-constructed gravel street.

If you’re driving on a paved street and its traction has been compromised by gravel, because of building or spillage, a warning concerning the presence of nature’s ball bearings is a prudent security measure.

I wager if there was no warning, and the letter-writer misplaced management of their automobile, they’d be complaining concerning the lack of signage.

S.I. Petersen


Extra foolish indicators, please, we want the laughs

I liked the quick notice from David Kirk about free gravel. It made me snort, after perusing by way of a litany of tragedy, horror and unhappiness within the newspaper.

These are points I can do nothing about besides really feel terribly unhappy. Possibly we must always all “look out” for foolish indicators that make us snort, every new one posted on the ­remark web page.

Sally Barker


Sure, there’s a use for gravel that’s free

Re: “A rock-solid concept for describing this,” letter, Nov. 2.

When is gravel not free? Effectively, two situations: when it’s scattered on sizzling tar, and trapped within the set tar as a technique of resurfacing a street; and when it’s thrown on setting concrete to create a tough, or ornamental, floor.

There’s a variation on the final, referred to as, I consider, pebble-dash: small gravel-sized pebbles are thrown on to contemporary stucco on the facet of a home and those who don’t fall to the bottom stay embedded as an ornamental factor.

Maybe, the time period continues as a ­hang-on from the times when tarring-and-gravelling the roads was a standard ­observe. Is it nonetheless finished at present? It concerned using a steam curler to pressure the gravel into the cooling however nonetheless smooth tar.

Wm. Thompson


Animals give a touch of how people dwell

Re: “Good well being and a contented planet? Go vegan,” letter, Nov. 2.

The physician from the College of Drugs at UBC states: “Animals raised on ­manufacturing unit farms are drugged, endure crowding stress, have little entry to ­open air, and dwell within the stench of their very own ­excrement.”

Sounds very very like the long run for Canadians residing within the downtown core of our cities, together with downtown ­Victoria.

Doug Turner


For an excellent eating regimen, strive moderation

Re: “Good well being and a contented planet? Go vegan,” letter, Nov. 2.

In her letter, the nice physician makes a blanket condemnation of all meal plans that embrace animal-sourced meals, in addition to shaming famous physicians who prescribe diets that embrace them, to not point out our personal Eric Akis.

As she is a professor in drugs, she should know unhealthy science when she sees it. I’ve to query her assertions that since she is a vegan, we should all be vegan.

To rebut, the science is by no means ­unequivocal. An excessive amount of meat or different animal-sourced meals is dangerous. However so is simply too many carbohydrate meals containing any grains; it should trigger your blood sugar to rise dramatically and have very deleterious results.

Moderation is the operative mode right here. By asserting that any indulgence of any meals however nuts, beans and berries is dangerous, when solely overindulgence is, the writer negates no matter declare to objectivity she could have had.

People are omnivores. We’re constructed that means. Some could, for causes of their very own, select to eat meatless meals, and do very nicely with that. Most of us, nevertheless, eat meat to at least one diploma or one other. And we’re wholesome and, maybe as essential, comfortable to take action.

Michael Pollen stated it finest: “Eat meals. Not an excessive amount of. And largely vegetation.”

The professor wants to return to high school.

David Hansen



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