August 19th, 2019

Letters to the Editor

Funding for SCS needs to be continued

By Letter to the Editor on August 17th, 2019

Mayor Spearman and Members of Council: On Aug. 19, council will be hearing a motion to petition the provincial government to stop the funding for the Supervised Consumption Site. Please consider this letter my formal objection to this motion and I urge you to vote against it. Here are my reasons: – Since opening in ... Read More »

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SCS saves lives and benefits city

By Letter to the Editor on August 17th, 2019

I was disappointed to read the CBC report that Councillor Blaine Hyggen, of the City of Lethbridge, wants to defund the local Supervised Consumption Site. The SCS saves lives and saves us money on health and emergency services. I don’t condone the local nickname, adopted by some, of “Euthanizin’ Hyggen.” However, I am surprised to ... Read More »

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Closing SCS would be a mistake

By Letter to the Editor on August 16th, 2019

I’m writing in regards to the upcoming council vote on the future of our supervised consumption site. Harm reduction services such as needle distribution programs and supervised consumption sites have been effective at reducing deaths from drug overdose, decreasing transmission of communicable diseases (e.g. HIV and hepatitis C), and increasing uptake of health services by ... Read More »

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SCS won’t solve city’s drug problem

By Letter to the Editor on August 16th, 2019

I applaud Councillor Hyggen’s strength to stand for citizens that are directly impacted by the rippling effects of the Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) that plague the city. There are many residents of this city that are oblivious to the serious problem we are experiencing and criticizing citizens who come forward helps no one. Enabling addicts ... Read More »

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Garbage pickup woes

By Letter to the Editor on August 15th, 2019

Re: Letter to the editor by Harold Perverseff, “Bi-weekly garbage pickup is a stinky mistake” (Aug. 9 Herald). Had this garbage discussion with a client yesterday. Coaldale is not different. Would it not be better to have garbage pickup every week and recyclables every second week? We encounter wasps and really, this garbage thing could ... Read More »

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SCS is a reaction to drug crisis, not the cause of the problem

By Letter to the Editor on August 15th, 2019

I’m writing you in response to the Notice of Motion from the council meeting on Aug. 5, number 11.3 and titled “Lethbridge Supervised Consumption Site.” It is my understanding that this notice of motion was postponed to Aug. 19. I strongly encourage members of council to oppose this motion. This is a dangerous motion, fuelled ... Read More »

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Don’t close the SCS

By Letter to the Editor on August 15th, 2019

Dear Mr. Mayor and honourable members of the council, As a graduate of the Addictions Counselling (B HSc) and a concerned member of the community, I must beg you to vote against the resolution that would potentially close the Supervised Consumption Site here in Lethbridge. Local MP Rachael Harder is concerned about “a two-tier society” ... Read More »

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World must work on peace, climate

By Letter to the Editor on August 14th, 2019

It was 74 years ago the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Japan and three days later a second one. Since then there has been talk of reducing the threat of nuclear war while more and more nations acquire them. Israel, Pakistan, India, China and North Korea are rogue nations that threaten enemies and world ... Read More »

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Drug-addicted caught in revolving door

By Letter to the Editor on August 14th, 2019

Re: Rachael Harder column, Aug. 2. Congratulations to Ms. Harder for stating the majority opinion re: the current model of drug addiction treatment in Alberta. Would we send a person with burns back into the fire? Would we give a diabetic bags of candy? The only ones benefiting now are the drug dealers and employees ... Read More »

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Publishing of anti-climate change column was a poor decision

By Letter to the Editor on August 14th, 2019

Your publication of Mr. Lee Morrison’s op-ed (Herald, Aug. 1) denying that we humans have triggered and furthered ruinous climate change is saddening. The evidence of human-driven climate change is overwhelming. The research is vast, varied, meticulous and ongoing. Therefore, it is not so much that his “argument” is antiscientific, ad hominem, and without credit, ... Read More »

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We can’t choose between economy, environment

By Letter to the Editor on August 13th, 2019

Politicians are increasingly treating the tension between the economy and the environment as though we can happily choose one and ignore the other. The current provincial government is promising the moon when it comes to the economy. But it seems to treat any indication of sound environmental action – from local environmental regulation to climate ... Read More »

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