Thank you to all the heroes in the Lynn Valley library attack

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Re: Man charged with murder following stabbing spree in North Vancouver

While still trying to wrap my brain around this shocking, senseless crime (now murder) in our lovely suburban Lynn Valley, my first thoughts and grateful thanks go to everyone who responded and assisted in any way they could that day. The shocked but innocent bystanders who, instead of just whipping out their cameras, as many now do these days, reacted humanely with such courage and compassion for the victims in what must have been a surreal situation. You are truly heroes. What took place was bad enough, I’m sure your immediate actions helped prevent further carnage from this murderer.

My most grateful appreciation goes to our wonder RCMP, our firefighters, and our ambulance personnel, all who are expected to deal with these often dangerous and unknown situations daily. Your professionalism is incredible. Within minutes, you had captured the murderer, helped the victims, and we’re able to reassure the community of our safety once more.

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I always have nothing but admiration and respect for each of you every day, trying to keep us safe in a world that is becoming more frightening and uncertain every day, and with not much thanks. Please know that you are greatly appreciated. You are simply the best. North Vancouver is lucky to have you all.

Thanks go to so many others as well … District Mayor Mike Little, our restaurateurs, our shopkeepers, etc. … and to our superintendent of schools for an immediate letter of support sent to all schools and parents. Everything you did helped bring comfort and reassurance in our darkest moment.

I know I speak for many. It’s who we are. Lynn Valley Strong!

Caroline Duncan, North Vancouver

Re: Horgan’s ‘do not blow this’ comment enrages young people in B.C.

Reading about the backlash to Premier John Horgan’s comments related to the those in the under-39 age group, I have to conclude the critics are making the same case as the premier. Where he was making the appeal to that sub-population within that age grouping to respect the health protocols, his critics emphasized that the majority are doing that, just as the premier stated.

Watching the news, I see recurring coverage of young people gathering and active without conforming to social distancing or mask wearing. Case numbers recently indicate a consistent incidence of some  40 to 42 per cent of the positive rests among that age group. Those numbers greatly exceed those of the other groups.

The desire to reduce the number of cases and especially the death rates that have impacted seniors hardest should explain the call for greater compliance.

Dennis Rankin, Surrey

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