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A writer who describes themselves as a retired hospital employee says they agree with former PC leadership candidate Bill Barry’s assessment of the plan for a new regional hospital.

The person wrote, “I haven’t agreed with Bill Barry about most things but his take on the hospital in The Western Star with the hospital committee I agree 100 per cent.

“Instead of spending $600 million, take the $200 million and upgrade the present hospital and expand it for the cancer treatment which is badly needed. Open up all the patient rooms that have been closed — which is over half.”

The writer says the newer wing of the present hospital was only opened in the 1970s.

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A Corner Brook man said he saw what he thought might be the heights of distracted driving a few weeks ago.

He said he was trying to get across the entrance to a local business when a woman driver went by him with a phone in one hand and a cigarette in the other ... and she was turning in to get a coffee!

“I just wondered how she was going to hold the coffee ... much less how she was planning to steer?” he said.

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And speaking of distracted driving, a reader wonders why drivers are allowed to operate their vehicles with their dogs sitting in their laps and looking out the driver’s window.

“Surely, this can’t be a safe way to drive,” he said.

“There must be some way the police can put a stop to it. There must be some kind of ticket that would cover the silly, dangerous action.”

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A traveller says he can’t believe the difference in the amount of snow remaining in communities across the province.

“Corner Brook is still a snow-covered land for the most part, but you almost have to look to find any in St. John’s. Guess our ski hill is safe for another while,” he said.

Geographic location: Western Star, Corner Brook

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