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    Bruce:
    Tnx for chiding Dennis S aboutstanding on the sidelines. Somewhere, Ackles is crying softly.
    Now, pls take on the league’s new “signature” uniforms. The only signature that works would be I.M. Godawful.
    cheers
    jim taylor

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    Bruce:
    I was listening to your commentary regarding bicyclists (Sept 10/14) and I was appalled by your name calling towards cyclist in Vancouver. I am a cyclist and I am not a “fool” as you put i! Grant you that cyclist shouldn’t be on sidewalks but if there is a pedestrian Jay-walker there will probably be a collision with a cyclist on a street. As for cyclists on the street….was the young 35 yr old cyclist woman killed on Gilbert/#2 rd this late summer a “fool?” Drivers of vehicles (I believe) have an empowered attitude while behind the wheel thus, putting cyclist and alike in danger. This poor woman was where she was suppose to be in a cross walk off the bike lane but yet was killed because of a reckless empowered driver. Vancouver is a cyclist city…this is the 21 century and people need to wake up to this fact of Vancouver.

    It”s sad that the mentality of vehicle drivers continue to road rage against cyclist. This type of commentary is only exasperating this behaviour. Oh! I also drive a car and I’m very carful of my fellow cyclist on the street, and driving beside the bike lanes (which are not enough of to keep US cyclist safe…..

    Terry Schmid

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      P.S. Also Bruce you mentioned the congested Stanley Park Bike and Foot path and the person knocked over by a cyclist. It’s dangerously congested and is not the fault of the cyclist when a pedestrian and cyclist collide! It’s congested….obviously something has to be done with the planning of this Bike/foot path…

      Terry Schmid

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    Come on Bruce! Saying that U2 gave it away? They struck a deal with Apple so they didn’t give it away free. It may be be a great business move, on their next tour the fans will know this album + the decades of other music. Love your style, just don’t agree on this one, I think it’s a good business move….we will see. PS, my 18 year old daughter told me to check my phone, she discovered it before I did. (It is kind of creepy that stuff can get on your phone and you had no control!)

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    Hi Bruce: Your comments about U2 amused me. You bewailed the fact that Justin Beiber has taken over. So how do you imagine we who love Sinatra, Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller etc feel about our loss? Sometimes we get lucky and hear them on the public tv channels, and good bless his heart, my idol for decades ,Tony Bennet who is still performing. They all have oodles of recordings and videos, but we only find them as a rule in the internet. There are still many fans left but we are ignored. :-)

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    I’d like to invite Bruce down to my office at Mission Possible at 659 East Hastings Street to discuss what WE (He and I and anyone else who will join us) to tackle the problems facing the residents of Vancouver and especially the area that he referred to in his commentary today.

    I’m guessing he won’t take on me on my offer to try and do something about the problem and that he would probably prefer to sit in his studio, or office and insult the people who are trying to provide solutions. Using derogatory terms like “Poverty Pimps” doesn’t help the situation, it only makes things worse.

    If not, and he actually wants to be part of the solution, ha can give me a call 604-253-4469 ext. 115. My name is Rod.

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    I know one season ticket holder that Bon Lenarduzzi better call and aplogize, and that is the young women in the add he just pulled. By caving to twits, Lenarduzzi has thrown that women under the bus.

    There is nothing remotely wrong with what she did, how she looks or what she was wearing. But by Lenarduzzi caving to the small minded and few in number, he has publicly humiliated her.

    He appears weak. He should have told those complaining to take a hike. We don’t want you and don’t need you at our games. Our games are about fun. Our games are about fans – even the attractive fans. You don’t like it, stay at home, re-read your Gloria Steinem collection and shut the f***-up.

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    A Letter sent to the Mayor

    Hey a####le that’s for destroying our neighborhood

    Mayor

    I have written before, calm and respectful with no response. Your last stunt has sent me over the top! On the weekend you made 60 beds available at the former Kettle of fish. Horrible move. We experienced the temporary shelter on Granville, under the over pass five years ago. What a mess, your decision to house these people here, turned a respectable neighborhood into and extension of the downtown east side. Needles, garbage, loitering, police calls all night long, people standing in the alley screaming, people urinating in public, aggressive dumpster diving, jay walking, over the top property theft (lost two bikes from a locker during this time and a front wheel and seat), open drug use, open drinking, discarded clothing strewn everywhere every morning.
    Now with the 60 units at Kettle of fish your putting another 150 within a 30 second walk away. You want to house the homeless from Oppenheimer park? Have you been by there? I have these people sit under a banner stating “no drugs” “no alcohol” drinking flats of beer and smoking crack..I have been there and have seen this. Seriously these people were told to vacate back in August, they didn’t. This shows you these people don’t listen to law or rules and now you want to make them my next door neighbors.. NIMBY ..perhaps but ask yourself this would you and your neighbors want this in a house next to you? No.

    8 years ago we bought here at 888 pacific and at 438 Seymour. Sold Seymour because of the influence of the neighborhood and the problems that went with it. We did our homework found this to be a working respectable neighborhood and in a moment you will change our home for the worse.

    Mayor your not taking into consideration that there are thousands of respectable law abiding working tax payers, who made their homes here because it was away from the problems of the downtown east side. Where is there sense in Mayor wanting to make an area of the city with few problems, into an undesirable place to live.

    I’m sure as with all things that don’t pertain to your life and circle of interest, you will do absolutely nothing to prevent this from happening.

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    The other day Bruce Allen ranted on about Vancouver taxis and Uber not being let into the community without specific requirements being met. I thought to myself that his points sounded valid.

    Definitely an interesting listen, but today I was reading about VC investing and startups in Silicon Valley and this interesting info was talked to re Uber. Possibly Bruce might want to revisit his opinions on this company. The idea of an Uber-like service might be good, but I don’t think this is the type of company we want operating services in our local communities…

    “Uber. Where to begin with Uber? It’s a company that prides itself on playing rough and aiming to break laws. It has a self-described “war room” inside its new hard-edged headquarters. It’s played fast and loose with background checks on drivers and with the truth. A Pando investigation earlier this year showed that a driver accused of assault whom the company blindly defended had a criminal record that should have been caught in Uber’s background checks. More recently, it’s hired a campaign manager to shape the company’s narrative. This is an area CEO Travis Kalanick already knows plenty about, if we understand ‘shaping the company’s narrative’ to mean slinging mud and misleading the public in an image war between Uber and taxi companies.

    Not only has Uber vilified riders accusing their drivers of rape, assault or general bad behavior, they’ve also betrayed all their drivers; Kalanick has said he can’t wait to replace them all with self-driving cars. Time and again, he’s shown he is loyal to little more than his growing bank account and to the all-mighty free market. The Verge recently exposed a campaign called SLOG, publishing internal documents that detail a plan for agents to pose as passengers to recruit drivers from competitor Lyft and vie to tie up their cars so they couldn’t pick up passengers.

    Oh. And in a recent interview Kalanick bragged about how many ladies he could get with the success of the company referring to it as “boob-er.”

    Uber has raised a jaw-dropping $1.5 billion, with its most recent $1.2 billion round coming at a rumored $17 billion valuation. No one doubts egomaniacal stories like the one where Kalanick publicly offered a job to a well-heeled investor at the elite Goldman Sachs conference who asked an astute question of the CEO. Still, he’s widely considered one of the best entrepreneurs of our age.”

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    Bruce,

    Couldn’t agree with you more with “ADOPT”ion vs “INVENT”, Translink clearly made the wrong decision in using an unproven technology. To boot, HK’s Octopus cards are collectible, co-branded (advertising $) and is very convenient to use (ie. 7-11, vending machines etc… in HK). Who sold them on going with this technology? Was a proper request for proposal process done? due diligence? did anyone even check for existing systems that would be turnkey?

    I find nepotism everywhere, look at Enerpro, who runs that? Who do they know at City Hall in Vancouver?

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    Hey Bruce,

    How about a rant about the stupid labels West Van wants to put on the gas pumps.

    Go to the Our Horizons web site. The labels are shown there. Real Nut Bars!!

    Rock On,
    James

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    Wow, “Lenny Kravitz should be in a casino somewhere” Are you serious? Im with you on a majority of your reality check comments Bruce, but you got it wrong this time. LK has more “Cool” in his pinky fingernail than Katy Perry and all her sharks and beach balls put together. She is too ‘bubblegum pop-ish’ for something as gritty as the Superbowl. Perhaps the almighty Bruce Allen should be in a Barka lounger somewhere, lulled to sleep by the one and only Ms. Katy Perry?

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    I heard your commentary this morning on movie attendance. I thought you made a valid point about people watching the Oscars, but not having seen the films as being kind of an odd thing to do. However, I thought you missed out on one important point. More people used to go to the movies when they were affordable. Prices at the box office for everything from your ticket to snacks are so high that the it has put movie going on the ‘budget’ sheet for most average families. Lowering ticket prices alone would help the movie theatres see some return of people.

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    Re: Hotel for the homeless, Feb 20th
    Bruce, regarding the comments you made on February 20th regarding the homeless on Vancouvers streets, I would like to say that I cannot agree more. The fact that Jon McComb went off like a fireworks factory on your comments not being “sensitive” to the homeless situation made me laugh out loud as he currently runs a radio spot (comment) on the sensitivity in the media being over rated in which he states if the current sensitivity requirements continue soon we’ll be running blank newspapers.
    I thought maybe you should call him on that.