October 24th, 2020

Letters to the Editor

Let Albertans have say in health policy changes

By Letter to the Editor on October 24th, 2020

Mr. Kenney has made a serious mistake in making a lawyer (Mr. Shandro) the health minister. Most lawyers define their profession as confrontational. The Minister of Health definition is more one of healing, more one of negotiation, like a property manager. If we hire a property manager, we do not expect him to bulldoze the ... Read More »

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EMS decision is saving money at what cost?

By Letter to the Editor on October 24th, 2020

So, our misguided Minster Shandro “will not overturn the AHS decision” to end the EMS dispatch contracts in Lethbridge. He assures us “There is no reason to expect response times to change.” I beg to differ. A year ago my wife suffered a TIA (mini-stroke.) I called 911, was told to give her two Aspirins ... Read More »

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UCP gov’t living in a glass house?

By Letter to the Editor on October 23rd, 2020

Further to Marlaina Ditrich’s letter, I find the UCP’s Honourable Shane Getson’s reported comments characterizing CERB recipients disappointing. On May 25, the Canadian Press reported the UCP applied for the Federal Wage Subsidy program to avoid staff layoffs. (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ucp-wage-subsidy-1.5584469) The old adage “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones” may apply. Laurie ... Read More »

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Virus not as lethal as fear is making it appear?

By Letter to the Editor on October 23rd, 2020

Why would people like Lee Mein, Michelle Vanderkooi, and more, take the time to stand their ground and exercise our freedoms? Defiance of fear. Coronavirus case numbers rise, but still there’s little said about viral severity. Ventilators, tacitly, were mostly not used. But last spring’s fear is kept current, even as the virus itself wanes ... Read More »

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Having no say is slavery, too

By Letter to the Editor on October 21st, 2020

Recently Owen Holmes wrote about slavery – the legality, the justification, the servitude, etc. According to Mr. Holmes, “slave labour is still in use in North America” – agree! A retired fixed-income person whose utilities, food and cost of their simple existence exceeds or equals their income – is a slave. A while ago Lethbridge ... Read More »

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Time to rethink how we label each other

By Letter to the Editor on October 17th, 2020

Last night (Oct. 7) on the national news on two national television networks, it was reported that a young hockey player, Quinton Byfield, was the highest-drafted Black player in league history. The report showed Quinton with both his parents and it begs the question of who decided that Quinton is Black. He is “bi-racial” with ... Read More »

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Planned health cuts a further blow to working Albertans

By Letter to the Editor on October 17th, 2020

Not unexpected really after the UCP corporate tax cuts. How else do you pay for the loss of revenue? Mr. Kenney promised 55,000 new jobs with his cut in taxes? Was the UCP calculation also made with the inclusion of these 11,000 Alberta health-care workers’ cuts in mind? How did they come up with that ... Read More »

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Toast twists what Dr. Hinshaw actually said

By Letter to the Editor on October 16th, 2020

The reason we mask against COVID is not because “anybody has the potential to spread the virus” whether they are infected or not, a claim which appeared in Roast and Toast on Tuesday, Oct. 6. On average, individuals infected with COVID show no symptoms for four to five days and this period can last as ... Read More »

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Op-ed misses importance of harm-reduction measures

By Letter to the Editor on October 16th, 2020

Re: “Treating addiction crisis on the front lines” by Stacey Petersen, Kim Turgeon (Oct. 7 Lethbridge Herald) We agree in principle that “supporting addiction recovery shouldn’t be divisive,” but we have serious concerns about the content of Stacey Petersen and Kim Turgeon’s op-ed. The article defends the UCP government’s “recovery-oriented approach” but fails to acknowledge ... Read More »

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Blaming Albertans isn’t helping

By Letter to the Editor on October 15th, 2020

UCP MLA Shane Getson comments about recipients of CERB only eating Cheezies and watching cartoons, spending CERB on drugs and implying disaster when the “funny money” runs out, is among the worst statements made by an elected official in this province. Just as bad as when Jason Kenney stated the value of someone’s life ends ... Read More »

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Harper prorogued Parliament, too

By Letter to the Editor on October 15th, 2020

With regards to Rachael Harder’s rant in Friday’s Herald where she wrote “Trudeau shot everything down by proroguing Parliament. It’s absolutely shameful.” She is aware, or should be, that when Stephen Harper’s minority government, facing a non-confidence motion, he prorogued Parliament, shutting everything down. It was absolutely shameful. She goes to great length praising Conservatives ... Read More »

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