March 16th, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Affordable housing issue needs action

By Letter to the Editor on January 30th, 2018

As we read yet another article on the minimum wage debate, I think the point being missed is that affordable housing is almost nonexistent. Most people who are living below the poverty line would be happy to pay 30 per cent of their income for safe, clean, affordable (geared to income) housing. By safe I ... Read More »

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No one exists in complete isolation

By Letter to the Editor on January 30th, 2018

Every time I take painkiller for my chronic pain, I try to tell myself, “I can feel it; it hurts. I am alive.” It is not a very satisfying response to a nagging nuisance because we all assume every little problem in life can be fixed. Prozac for depression; Viagra for “you know what”; instant ... Read More »

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Freedom of speech being eroded in Canada

By Letter to the Editor on January 28th, 2018

The prime minister’s idea to exclude pro-life groups from $220 million in federal summer jobs grants shows that he dislikes some groups and favours other groups, or religions. He talks as if he has approval from the majority, but in the Lethbridge Herald poll on the issue, 78 per cent do not agree with Trudeau. ... Read More »

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Review shows restricting OHV used will aid conservation

By Letter to the Editor on January 28th, 2018

I am writing in response to the letter by Rick Czarny that your newspaper published on Jan. 21 regarding the Government of Alberta’s decision to ban the use of off-highway vehicles in the newly created Castle Provincial and Wildland Parks, titled “Show the science.” I would point Mr. Czarny and your readers to the conclusions ... Read More »

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Do the math on plastics recycling issue

By Letter to the Editor on January 27th, 2018

Waste and Recycling Services manager Joel Sanchez recently stated the Chinese program will not pose a significant impact on the Lethbridge recycling program and “presently our plastics are sorted locally and utilized to make plastic wood through a local manufacturerÉ” All plastics? I doubt that very much! Unfortunately, in our system of governance those we ... Read More »

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There’s no shortage of science on OHV impact

By Letter to the Editor on January 27th, 2018

The recent banning of off-highway vehicles under the Castle Parks Management Plan has prompted another rash of letters from angry OHV users. Particularly virulent is the letter from Rick Czarny (Jan. 21). As OHV proponents often do, Mr. Czarny questions the science behind the ban. Has he even looked for it? There is a large ... Read More »

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Action needed on roots of drug crisis

By Letter to the Editor on January 25th, 2018

The opioid crisis affecting Canada and the world has surfaced in a significant dangerous way here in Lethbridge. This rampant drug abuse involving fentanyl, labelled as the “new alcohol,” is being driven by factors that can and should be controlled by our own community activities or lack thereof. Much is being done to deal with ... Read More »

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Changes benefit more than cyclists

By Letter to the Editor on January 25th, 2018

I have lived close to 7 Avenue South for over 40 years. Unlike Mr. Gammon (letter to the editor, Jan. 18), I (and the majority of neighbours I have talked to) feel that the 7 Avenue changes are beneficial – not only for cyclists but also for pedestrians and local residents. I think that many ... Read More »

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A grand slide to the bottom

By Letter to the Editor on January 24th, 2018

What will it take to wake up people to the fact that “conservatives” have brought on this grand slide to the bottom? Over 50 per cent of our population is considered low income, and the middle class has shrunk from 66 per cent to 30 per cent, while only the income of the very rich ... Read More »

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Two-tiered health care won’t work in Alberta

By Letter to the Editor on January 24th, 2018

Re: “Eroding medicare isn’t the answer,” (Jan. 16 Letter to the Editor), Dave Volume certainly has it right. Over the past 17 years I have known two retired doctors who had worked under a two-tiered health-care system in the U.K., and both agreed that it would never work in Alberta, or Canada. First of all, ... Read More »

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City’s process guards against conflict of interest

By Letter to the Editor on January 23rd, 2018

The writer that submitted the roast in the Monday, Jan. 15 Lethbridge Herald is misinformed regarding the conflict of interest of a city councillor. All city representatives (mayor and councillors) are held to standards of accountability not only to the voting citizens but to each other. The mayor, councillors and all elected city officials will ... Read More »

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