Letters: Antidote to technology overload — go outside

A healthy antidote to technology is to go outside, run around and enjoy nature.

Nam Y. Huh / AP

Re: Stunted Development, Opinion, Sept. 11

Thank you for publishing the opinion piece Stunted Development. The points that Calvin White makes regarding the manner in which technology is destroying the intellectual and emotional functions of humans, particularly our youth, was timely. His comparison of this issue to the fentanyl crisis illustrates how society focuses on the urgent matters that face us, often to the detriment of the longer-term important matters that face us — such as the thoughtful use of technology. The only point that I might add is that the published literature is clear that a healthy antidote to technology is to go outside, run around and enjoy nature. As Neil Postman pointed out years ago, we need to be careful that we don’t amuse ourselves to death.

Bob Peart, chair, Nature Canada, North Saanich

Reader compares Plecas to Judas

Re: Coleman accuses speaker Plecas of betraying liberals, Vaughn Palmer column, Sept. 9

Darryl Plecas makes Judas Iscariot look like a small-time operator. Judas only got 30 silver coins for his betrayal of Christ, while Plecas will receive $200,000 over the next four years for betraying his friends and colleagues.

Garth Evans, Vancouver

Report missed Canadian in cycling event

Re: Froome keeps lead at Spanish Vuelta, Sports, Sept. 9

While reading The Vancouver Sun on Saturday, I was happy to see the rarely covered sport of cycling got some space in your newspaper. The coverage was brief. I can accept the fact that pro cycling is followed by a small percentage of the population. What I find disappointing is that there was no mention of Michael Woods from Ottawa in this article. He has worked hard to earn seventh place in this world tour, which, by the way, is most likely the highest placing ever for a Canadian in this gruelling 21-day cycling event. 

Mike McCarney,…

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