By Letter to the Editor on February 5, 2020.
In a recent letter to the editor, the ex-MLA from Lethbridge-East expressed “utter dismay,” “sadness” and “some anger” stating the current MLA (who thumped her soundly in the last election) wasn’t doing his job.
Across the river Shannon Phillips, who hung on to her cushion in Edmonton by less than 300 votes, reports fielding consistent constituent concerns that ask “what is all this pain for.” That Jan. 24 guest column launches into a tirade hacking and slashing at the prevailing party over efforts to get Alberta’s fiscal house in order.
I am saddened, feel the “utter dismay” and “anger,” too – anger that my representatives, former and current, refuse to acknowledge initiatives in play that’ll make Lethbridge a better community. Maybe cutting ribbons or dumb expenditures like hiring an outfit from Ontario to install light bulbs and showerheads for Albertans is an accomplishment. My “utter dismay” asks what the carbon footprint of that exercise looked like and why hundreds of thousands of dollars spent couldn’t have stayed here and the employment Alberta sourced!
But, today, Jan 29, reading the letter to the editor “SCS is staffed by health-care professionals” really heightened my sadness, my utter dismay and the anger. I feel for those signing that letter justifying their big salaries “saving lives,” extending hundreds of miseries at obscene cost.
Blaine Hyggen, our dedicated councillor, deserves better treatment. He’s attempting to make Lethbridge a better place for all residents, the poor, disadvantaged, those who’ve lost hope, those who’ve been ravaged by crime, those who sit on their hands hoping, those who contemplate relocating because Lethbridge has become their hellhole! Bravo, councillor Hyggen. Everyone’s being considered as you face the tragedies head on, as no other councillor has.
How anyone can subject our dedicated councillor, this family man, successful business owner and well-meaning individual to unearned vitriol and personal attacks is beyond me. I’ll cut to the chase. I am sick and tired of those ripping and tearing at the few working their tails off to turn this province and Lethbridge for the better. Enough is enough! Stop the hate and do something meaningful to make the people of Lethbridge proud of this place again!
Alvin W. Shier