Letter writers say it’s an exaggeration to compare the noise made by propane blueberry cannons with that of war zones.

Berry fields hardly war zones

While I find the cannons irritating, and want them silenced, by no stretch of the imagination can they be compared to a war zone.

Re: “Surrey man sues city over blueberry blasters,” The Leader, Aug. 25.

Jim McMurtry is at it again, the modern day Don Quixote who was notorious for tilting at windmills. This latest sojourn into the ridiculous beats anything he has done in the past.

I live as close to the blueberry fields as Mr. McMurtry (Highway 10 and 168 Street) and I hear the propane-induced, so-called “guns and cannon fire,” and I am not in the least bothered by this spasmodic “guns and cannon fire” and I sleep with my south facing bedroom window wide open. At times the trains bother me, depending on the wind direction but I haven’t heard Mr. McMurtry ask for the train tracks to be removed from our area.

This suit of his is nothing more than frivolous and vexatious and an obvious attempt to bilk the City of Surrey taxpayers of money.

This area has been claimed to be a “ war zone.”  I wonder how many complainers, including Jim McMurtry, have ever spent time in a real war  zone.

Joseph R. Marshall

Surrey

 

Can’t compare blueberries and Belfast

 

Mr. McMurtry has likely never been in a war zone.

War zones are Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Libya to name but a few.

As a Belfast, Northern Ireland, native, I experienced a war zone from August 1969 to January 1975 (the year I came to Canada). These cannons remind me of the constant automatic gunfire, all night, night after night; I do not need reminding of a terrifying period.

While I find the cannons irritating, and want them silenced, by no stretch of the imagination can they be compared to a war zone.

 

P. Cooper

Delta

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