By Letter to the Editor on April 14, 2018.
Daily I drive my children to school, walk them to their class, and tell them that I love them. After six years of this practice, I was presented with a parking ticket, as were many other parents, by an officer who obstructed traffic by parking in the middle of the road to provide parents with this presentation in a very belittling manner.
I felt like a criminal despite the fact I have cared for patients in my nursing career for over 25 years.
Upon entering the police station to voice my concern, I was informed that I broke the law by parking on the side of the school. Hmmm. I am confused. By providing a “safe needle centre” for drug addicts to inject themselves with illegal drugs, is that not breaking the law? Not to mention encouraging a fentanyl crisis that already exists. And not only will you be given clean needles to engage in illegal activities, you will be provided with a drug antagonist (naloxone) if you overdose.
What about a clean needle injection site for diabetics who struggle to afford syringes, insulin, lancets, glucometer test strips for the necessity of life?
We have been informed that our property taxes may increase next year by another 4.25 per cent due to the amounts of snow removal in winter. Shortly following this announcement, a purchase was made for two pieces of “art” for a total of $226,000 to adorn an aquatic centre. Let’s not forget the financial burden of paying for the “safe needle centre.”
The city is riddled with cash cows – photo radar, parking fines, tax hikes. Parents are given parking fines, yet illegal drug users are not fined, or incarcerated, but are encouraged with a safe injection site. The city crime rate continues to escalate in addition to the number of deaths related to criminal activity. The emphasis should be on crime prevention.
I was informed I could fight the $78 parking fine in court. I am not prepared to waste the taxpayers’ money further by taking up court time in an already fragmented justice system. Criminals who murder, stab, batter and engage in brutal beatings, and perform hideous acts of animal cruelty, are given a “slap on the wrist” and released.
And Lethbridge, with a population of only 98,198, is ranked 26th out of 229 of the most dangerous places in Canada. This ranking was based on the Statistics Canada Crime Severity Index.
Keep up the good work!
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