The sour side of pickleball
In response to Jill Barber’s love of pickleball, I have a question: When Jill puts out her lawn chairs and cooler on the court, does she really believe that the street is still quiet? While she waxes poetic about the enjoyment of the game, no consideration is given to the residents who live adjacent to it. Imagine 12 hours of rapid gun fire. That is indeed the sour side of pickleball.
No longer can nearby residents sit outside in their gardens and enjoy the sanctity of their homes. Fans and music are now used as white noise. While pickleball is an outdoor activity, it has become a living nightmare for us. Loss of property value and mental health should never be at the expense of a pastime. It is well-documented throughout North America of residents rising up in distress over the horrific noise. The Vancouver park board did not consult residents prior to installing courts. Municipalities must do due diligence and ensure courts are not installed close to housing, and remove those that are.
Lorraine Cameron, Vancouver
Reader recommends user fees to offset North Shore Rescue costs
Another weekend, and more incidents of troubled adventurers needing the assistance of North Shore Rescue. I think it’s time that the local government looks at a user registration and pass or fee for the users of the pristine North Shore hiking and wilderness experience. These folks at North Shore Rescue volunteer their time at all hours of the day or night. And the equipment they put into service is not free.
If outdoor enthusiasts want to use the trail systems on the North Shore, maybe it’s time a user fee be implemented to help in the payment for this very expensive hi-tech equipment. Like everything in our lives, most everything has a cost, usually for liability issues, but in this case, the maintenance of our past-time areas. It’s for the safety of all who use it.
The best method would be for a season pass for frequent users, maybe $75 a year? A nominal fee, for a year’s unlimited access. Weekend warriors would purchase online a nominal fee, maybe $5? Both must carry valid proof of purchase, for possible spot checks at trail heads, or on the trails by park rangers.
This will go a long way to fund North Shore Search and Rescue, and perhaps make people who are relative novices thoroughly comprehend the serious nature of what a day hike may result in?
Marty Murphy, Clare, Nova Scotia
Phil Mickelson wins PGA Championship
It really was a win for the ages — the oldest golfer ever to win a major tournament. There is nothing like golf. Congratulations, Phil Mickelson, on winning the 2021 PGA Championship.
Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Florida
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