LETTER: System should reward healthy lifestyles

Reader G.H. Hartman responds to letters about healthy lifestyles and drunk drivers.

Re: “A step backwards for the Green Party” and “Drunk drivers deserve harsh sentence

Roger Pratt wrote an eye-opening and thoughtful letter. I was already aware of some of the points he brought up, but not all of them. I urge any area residents who are truly interested in wellness and healthy living to take the time to read his letter, if you have not already done so.

What I would like to add to his excellent letter is this:

Why are no election candidates promoting a healthier lifestyle, moving away from the need for so many questionable prescription drugs, surgeries, etc. and towards a better system that promotes, encourages and rewards people who are trying to stay healthy (by not smoking, eating healthy foods, exercising, taking supplements as opposed to drugs) and not adding to the burden of an already beleaguered and all too often ineffective “health” care system, as it now stands? As things are now, it is the exact opposite.

And, why are naturopaths not given the same respect as allopathic doctors, with health care premiums covering visits to them as well?

The other letter that I wanted to comment on was written by Larry Vezina. Mr. Vezina, my heart goes out to you and your family, for the tragic events you have survived and continue to still live with.

I agree, the carnage must stop, in terms of drunk drivers being let off so lightly, again and again, when they cause accidents that impact the lives of innocent people.

A vehicle can be just as deadly as a loaded gun, certainly when it is being driven by someone who is impaired. Why these kinds of light sentences continue to be doled out, sending a clear message that drunk driving is not really being taken seriously, is a mystery to me. What will it take for judges and politicians to finally put an end to this insanity? Does it need to happen in their own families before they wake up?

I am so sorry for what happened to your wife and daughter and also to your whole family. All of you were affected by a tragedy that should have never happened.

G.H. Hartman

Nelson

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