Fishing skills

LETTERS: Styrofoam Mold Buoys, Gas Prices, and Basic Skills

Mussel buoys litter the beaches

Now, I love a big steaming bowl of fresh Prince Edward Island mussels, like we all do. But have you ever thought about the toxic pollution that has been produced for that bowl of delicious mussels? I do it! As I see every morning when I walk my dog ​​along the shores of Prince Edward Island, thousands (and yes, I said “thousands”) of discarded polystyrene buoys, some intact , many collapsed beyond the ability to pick them up.

In the spring, in our neighborhood of Panmure Island, the shoreline is white with tiny particles of styrofoam buoys. It feels like a beach in Cancun. But you are in beautiful PEI, and you see pollution from mussel fishing, pollution that plagues our coasts and is toxic fodder for wildlife and seabirds.

I ponder the irony of being the first province to ban plastic grocery bags (yes, I was very proud and smug to my friends in other provinces), yet we let tons of polystyrene pour into our beautiful oceans every year. I do not understand !

In January, there are thousands of these buoys lining our shore; the ice crushes them into powder and many take to the sea. But what remains to us on the shore is even more than shocking. And when in a hurry, fishermen do a spring cleaning dressing to prepare tourists on the shores; it is appreciated, but also too little, too late. And in a few weeks, the disgusting buoys come back as a new variant of the Covid!

We talk about climate change, going to net zero, buying electric cars for our government, etc., but we continue to use this environmentally toxic product in our mussel fishing. It makes no sense to me. Is this for you? If not, please speak/write to your MP to make a positive change and demand that a readily available unbreakable buoy be used in this industry. They talk about “phasing them out,” but that change needs to happen quickly, before tons of extra Styrofoam buoys are dumped in PEI waters.

Sharon Lucy Robson,

Panmure Island, PEI

Painfully obvious to all but the government

These days, I can’t help but feel that the current period of economic malaise affecting Islanders and the global community is one of those “I told you so” times. It would not be necessary for a Rhodes researcher or a seasoned economist to know that printing money without constraints always leads to disastrous consequences. History clearly shows us that this is the case, as does rising inflation which is making life more difficult for many people who have already struggled to make ends meet for the past couple of years.

Recently I perused the Letters to the Editor section of The Guardian newspaper and was particularly impressed with one (Islanders Need Lower Gas Prices, May 10).

Callie Smith and Annie Duffy hit the nail on the head. These young girls (the future political and business leaders of our province and our country) seem to have more of a grip on reality than our disconnected politicians, who these days act more like an elite ruling class than servants of the people. .

Ms. Smith and Ms. Duffy argue, like anyone familiar with economics, that lowering the price of a product almost always guarantees that the seller will sell significantly more of that product. Hence more money circulating in the economy and more taxpayers’ money for the government. In other words, a win-win situation for everyone.

Due to the pandemic, Prince Edward Island has seen little tourism for the past three years. With Premier Dennis King expecting over a million tourists to visit our beautiful little island this summer, if gas prices continue to climb, our hopes for a barnburner season could again be disappointed.

Canada has the third largest oil and gas reserves in the world. It’s time to stop being dependent on foreign oil and become completely energy independent. Seeing young children and teenagers berate politicians for their follies and failed policies gives me hope that we can still be in store for a bright future.

The current global economic situation and the burgeoning energy crisis are getting so bad that even a third grader can see and understand it. Why can’t our politicians?

Chris McGarry,

Belfast, PEI

Lack of basic skills

When I read the article (Missing Basic Skills, May 12), I was absolutely amazed. In junior high, some kids can’t read or write cursive, lack proper phone etiquette, and have no idea how to write, address, and mail a letter. What?! Then when I read about a seasoned teacher, with 31 years under her belt, who taught K-8 in Ontario and is now retired in PEI. so bad that without their phones they can’t even read a clock, are you kidding me? ! To think that we are raising a generation like this is beyond me.

Evan Later,

Charlottetown, PEI