May 6th, 2021

Letters to the Editor

Are private health-care options really so bad?

By Letter to the Editor on March 24th, 2020

Re: Two-tiered health system would be a nightmare,” March 3 letter to the editor. I disagree with Alan Spiller’s letter. I know of three persons who had hip replacement done in Montana. Two had both hips done, the other one hip. So that freed up five places for people in Alberta that need surgery. Why ... Read More »

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Plans for costly centre raises some questions

By Letter to the Editor on March 24th, 2020

With regard to the Lethbridge Herald article Feb. 12 on an Indigenous Cultural Centre in the City of Lethbridge. Perry Stein, the Indigenous Relations Adviser for the City of Lethbridge, advises that we need such a centre and the cost could be as high as $20 million – and that we need this cultural centre ... Read More »

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Venus not a viable analogy to climate science here on Earth

By Letter to the Editor on March 23rd, 2020

There’s transcendence to “Venus: The Evening Beacon” (Feb. 29) and the dates for this planet’s successive conjunctions. Unfortunately, there are also statements outdated or wrong, e.g., Venus’ clouds “comprised of CO2” when they’re really sulfur dioxide. Worse is the Zombie from 50 years ago, still blamed for Venus’ ferocious heat: “The clouds also produce the ... Read More »

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UCP’s budget doesn’t fit with Albertans’ needs

By Letter to the Editor on March 23rd, 2020

Do corporate business methods, attitudes and practices work for government? Should politicians follow the financial goals that guide business? The latest UPC budget is an attempt to overlay business financial objectives on our Alberta ministries and community. Alberta municipalities are upset with the premier’s attitude that oil companies need not pay taxes, and should not ... Read More »

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Trapped in limbo of the system’s dysfunction

By Letter to the Editor on March 21st, 2020

I am the loving and proud single father of a severe >and complex young adult man with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our lives are in a serious crisis and my future prospect to continue contributing emotionally and financially to his lifelong well-being is seriously threatened. The frustrating thing is that Alberta has potentially paid between $750,000 ... Read More »

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Person should not have to put up with indignities

By Letter to the Editor on March 20th, 2020

This letter was inspired by both the newspaper article with Shannon Phillips and Ryan Gerstenbuhler and the “Good Doctor,” Dr. W. Gifford-Jones’ March 12 column. Dr. Gifford-Jones asked a question in his column: Why are families so polite when loved ones are suffering? His article is about needless pain that sick people are enduring when ... Read More »

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With surveys, it’s how question is asked

By Letter to the Editor on March 19th, 2020

From time to time, I read reports of surveys conducted by Lethbridge College showing that southern Albertans are becoming increasingly supportive of abortion and euthanasia. I have always been skeptical of these surveys and now I know why, having taken part in one myself. John Warren (March 10 Letters) argues that our MP should follow ... Read More »

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No lever left to use in promoting oil industry

By Letter to the Editor on March 18th, 2020

The former grand poo-bah of the now defunct Wildrose Party of Alberta, the otherwise estimable Brian Jean, is currently exhibiting the political acumen of a pocket gopher in his fevered pronouncements of righteous fury to do with Alberta’s place in the apparently grand shambles that is our national confederation. The noise coming from him is ... Read More »

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Support local businesses during turbulent time

By Letter to the Editor on March 18th, 2020

It is no secret that with the recent announcement of the UCP budget, which further cuts public-sector jobs in health care, research and post-secondary education among others, and in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic affecting international markets, economic stability is a bit tenuous at the moment. Fortunately, there is a way to dampen ... Read More »

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An open letter from docs on the front lines

By Letter to the Editor on March 17th, 2020

We are emergency physicians in Alberta, and we need you to read this. We see a potential disaster coming that may result in an overwhelmed health-care system and much suffering. We have seen this in Italy and elsewhere. Right now, in Italian hospitals, front-line physicians are choosing who lives and dies; people who could otherwise ... Read More »

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We must all do what we can: open letter from emergency doctors

By Lethbridge Herald on March 16th, 2020

An Open Letter from the Front Lines: We are Emergency Physicians in Alberta, and we need you to read this. We see a potential disaster coming that may result in an overwhelmed health care system and much suffering. We have seen this in Italy and elsewhere. Right now, in Italian hospitals, front line physicians are ... Read More »

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