March 28th, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Outlawed – where next?

By Letter to the Editor on March 2nd, 2017

As per the pre-existing South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP), OHV and other impacted stakeholders have been repeatedly told by Minister Phillips that OHV designated trails will continue in the Castle. Were they wrong to expect her to be informed, forthright, act in good faith? When associations, clubs and rural communities, long representing responsible OHV recreation, ... Read More »

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Critical thinkers don’t ignore scientific facts

By Letter to the Editor on March 2nd, 2017

Tony Ouwerkerk’s passing reference to Darwin being “wrong on several theories” (Feb. 23) is typical of the cherry-picked “facts” constantly promulgated by Creationists. He asserts that a “one-thousandth accuracy” quoted in a National Geographic article is “shaky evidence.” The November 2004 article included a subsequent statement conveniently omitted from Ouwerkerk’s assertion. That statement, far from ... Read More »

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Special places need to be protected

By Letter to the Editor on March 1st, 2017

Alberta is blessed with many special places. The Castle Watershed (CW) is one of them, although not officially recognized as such by previous governments. Unfortunately the human multitude and technological innovations have been threatening the integrity of the CW for many years; ever more human intrusions, be they with or without motors. Are Albertans willing ... Read More »

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Start showing respect for city’s nature reserves

By Letter to the Editor on March 1st, 2017

Cottonwood Reserve and Park is being trashed. Literally. The amount of garbage that is accumulating there daily is insulting and makes our city look bad, to say nothing of how it affects the grassland birds and wildlife that live there. I am weary of picking up trash for 30 minutes every day before beginning my ... Read More »

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Throw a lifeline to the Oldman

By Letter to the Editor on March 1st, 2017

The crushing and erosive pace of unrelenting, ever-accelerating off-highway-vehicle (OHV) landscape degradation in the headwaters of the Oldman watershed must be stopped today. I’ve delivered this message to government ministries and managers of Alberta’s public lands for more than 30 years. What’s happened during the past three decades? The pace of watershed destruction has snowballed. ... Read More »

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Albertans are no further ahead thanks to carbon tax

By Letter to the Editor on March 1st, 2017

I have now received my first city utilities bill and Direct Energy bill since the carbon tax was implemented. For the past couple of years both these bills average about the same every month and I don’t get any surprises. This month I sure did. My city utilities bill (which includes my electricity) was up ... Read More »

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Refugees to Canada are desperate

By Letter to the Editor on March 1st, 2017

I must respond to those roasting refugees crossing our border illegally. If you were black, brown or a non-Christian immigrant or refugee in the U.S. under the Trump administration, you would flee, too. You may have noticed this situation didn’t occur during the Obama administration. An immigrant often has a choice whether he wants to ... Read More »

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City needs a new home for its cultural treasure

By Letter to the Editor on March 1st, 2017

Many Lethbridge residents, young and old, shared a great evening of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Lethbridge Symphony Opera Concert as Southminster United Church on Feb. 3 and 4. The concert featured young performers from our University Opera Studies and our own Vox Musica Chorus superbly accompanied by our Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. As the audience ... Read More »

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Fun for some isn’t fun for others

By Letter to the Editor on February 28th, 2017

A few days ago, I went swimming at the university. When I arrived, there were many children in the shallow end of the pool, approximately 13-14 years of age. Of note was a group of boys situated in the far corner of the shallow end, closest to the bulkhead separating the shallow end from the ... Read More »

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Update laws to deal with distracted driving

By Letter to the Editor on February 28th, 2017

Two drivers were sentenced recently in Lethbridge courts. One, a rancher who injured three people, was charged with driving with undue care and attention, fined $2,300 and had his licence suspended for two months. He originally was charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm. The second driver, a woman who killed a motorcyclist, was charged ... Read More »

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Humans, energy and climate change

By Letter to the Editor on February 26th, 2017

Currently our global way of life is dumping millions of tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into our atmosphere and oceans daily. Science has told us that there is an effect, but we are struggling to define the level of impact on the future climate. Supporters and deniers of significant impact only believe their conclusions. They ... Read More »

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