Horse fan speaks out

I am a horse fan which is why I support their ongoing contributions to Victoria.

Re: Quaint tradition questioned (News, Aug. 8)

I am a horse fan, and especially a fan of Clydesdales and other draft horses, which is why I support their ongoing contributions to Victoria.

Clydes plowed the fields of the farms on the Peninsula.  They hauled trees. These horses have built the Victoria of today as much people have.  For Victoria residents with rural roots, such as me, they represent even more.

These draft horses have an easier life now, pulling passenger carriages and trolleys through our streets and Beacon Hill Park.  They are well taken care of and know the Menzies and Belleville corner as their home away from home.

The carriage/wagon tour operators have severe restrictions on where they can travel in Victoria. They contribute to the character of the city and, most of all, are a symbol of our history.

Not so the large old cumbersome highway buses which dominate our streets and make much of downtown unpleasant from April through October.  It is the buses which city council should restrict. Except for delivering customers to hotels, they should be banned from Government Street, Belleville, Old Town and Chinatown.

Marg Gardiner, Victoria