VLTs passions run deep


We humans are desperately flawed creatures, full of base appetites that cause us no end of guilt and torment.

Thank God there are those who have made it their life mission to save us from ourselves.

But do we really want to be saved? And who is to say our self- appointed saviours have the moral authority to do so?

If you look at the past 8,000 years of human civilization, the answer to both questions would have to be no.

That hasn't stop our saviours from trying, however. They continue to fight the good fight, striving to pass laws that stop us from smoking, or drinking or gambling. Heck, they even want to make it illegal to eat junk food.

Limiting consumption of all of these vices is an admirable goal, but it should be a personal one, not a matter of public policy.

Educate people, present them the options, and leave them to make their own choices. If they make the wrong ones, they should suffer the consequences.

It's called freedom. You have freedom to succeed - and to fail. And we could use a lot more of both these days.

A coalition of religious groups is demanding the province throw out VLTs. Callers were asked if this is something the churches should get involved with.

- "I think VLTs are everyone's issue. The damage caused by addiction to VLTs is shared by everyone in a community. I think church leaders are right in voicing their opinion as they are in a position to see first-hand the effect that VLT addiction has on families. The government just doesn't want to listen because getting rid of VLTs would mean they would lose money, and they would rather the people and their families lose the money." - Donna d'Entremont, Dartmouth

- "I would say they should look after their own priests, especially the Roman Catholic Church." - Lousie Moores, Dartmouth

- "A lot of religious groups in Nova Scotia stick their noses where it doesn't belong ... like in the Sunday shopping debate. VLTs are just something people like to do." - Brad MacDonald, Halifax

Two young women in Dartmouth have attracted business and attention with their version of the car wash. Patrons can get a clean car and an eyeful of the attractive women. Count us in, say most callers.

- "I would patronize this car wash because for one reason: they are entrepreneurs, trying to get a business going. That's what life is all about, getting yourself exposed and better challenges might come along." - M.C. LeBlanc, Hubley via e-mail

- "I would, and do patronize the Bubble Babes Carwash. Amy and Chelsie are not just pretty faces and hot bodies as the article implies; they are two intelligent, educated young women who started this successful business at just 19 years old." - Katie Nickerson, St. Margaret's Bay via e-mail

A group has proposed erecting a memorial in Halifax to mark the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia. But does Nova Scotia owe present-day Acadians anything for what happened to their 18th century ancestors?

- "I feel sorry for what happened to the Acadians in 1755 ... but we owe nothing to the present-day Acadians. You have to remember, the British Empire was built on blood." - Donald Waye, Dartmouth