I would like to address a common thread that occurs in two separate letters to the editor (Coast Reporter, Dec. 20) — a theme I call “small townism.”
In the “Roundabout makes no sense” letter, the writer fears for his fenders at the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Trail and Dolphin in Sechelt.
In Australia, where I lived for a number of years, there are probably 10,000 or more roundabouts. In the countries where I have travelled and driven — U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Asia and others — all have roundabouts, and I do not think many accidents were attributed to the roundabout.
In Australia, for example, where they drive on the left, there is one simple rule about entering a roundabout. Yield to all vehicles on your right.
I have probably driven through roundabouts in Perth, West Australia a couple thousand or more times, and even at rush hours, I have never experienced nor witnessed an accident. That one simple rule works for everyone. Since we drive on the right, the rule applies: yield to all vehicles on your left.
B.C. regulations state you must yield to all vehicles in the roundabout, which amounts to the same thing because all vehicles are coming from your left.
The second letter about liquor in grocery stores, same as above. Most of the countries I have lived in or travelled in have liquor on their grocery shelves, and I did not witness nor hear about people stealing the liquor. Shoplifting is going to occur, no matter what the product is. I was in retail long enough to know that.
I recently purchased two bottles of wine and a tube of toothpaste in a drug store in California. Why not? Times, they are changing. So go with the flow.
Frank Brown, Gibsons