Editor: I couldn’t agree more with Shawn Stevenson’s letter in the July 18 edition of The Guardian regarding being stopped by Charlottetown’s finest for doing nothing more than exercising his right to choose how to live his life, which in this case, meant not wanting to wear a bicycle helmet.
It would appear, at least from the perspective of a thinking person, that over the past few decades the nanny state has branched into almost every faucet of our everyday lives. Sure, seatbelts and bike helmets are a good idea, and they may very well save lives, but, as Mr. Stevenson stated, it isn’t the role of the state to treat taxpaying adult citizens as errant children who must be protected from themselves.
Thankfully, an increasing number of Islanders are seeing the need for more economic and individual freedom on P.E.I. There is a Facebook group, LibertyPEI, that has a growing membership. Another group, Free Province Project, is looking to make the Cradle of Confederation an Island of freedom like it once was.