By Letter to the Editor on November 7, 2019.
Thursday, Oct. 31 started out for me like most mornings, having my coffee and cookies and reading the Lethbridge Herald. I always look forward to the Reader’s Forum to read other people’s opinions and concerns.
Like most people, some I agree with and some I don’t. The article “The autumn of our discontent” by Phil Elder definitely got my dander up, specifically this one sentence: “In fact, few areas of the country have a work force as well educated as Alberta’s, even if the province’s culture is more conservative than some.”
The last part of this sentence is what got to me. Is Phil insinuating that if you are a conservative-thinking person you are somehow less intelligent? If I am correct in my interpretation and I am a conservative, then insulting my intelligence is not the way to get me to buy into his suggestions.
Putting that aside, I think Phil does make some good suggestions, even if I am stupid. A lot of Phil’s suggestions are going to require substantial investment, and where is the money going to come from? Let me make a stupid suggestion: take advantage of our great natural wealth in our oil industry, get it to markets that are prepared to pay world prices for it, and pay off our debt, so we can afford Phil’s plan.