January 17th, 2021

Letters to the Editor

City proposal to switch to online public notices a mistake

By Letter to the Editor on December 3rd, 2020

Dear councillors at city hall, We are writing to protest the proposal made by the City to blank out public notice advertisements placed in our great local newspaper: The Lethbridge Herald. Apparently they are considering going online to place ads. This is such an unfortunate proposal. We, who have been in Lethbridge since 1968, have ... Read More »

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Herald needs City’s support

By Letter to the Editor on December 3rd, 2020

Dear Mayor Spearman, Thank you for doing an excellent job as mayor of Lethbridge. We are writing to you about our Lethbridge Herald, which is a vital source of news and information for our community. We read and listen to news from many sources, including the internet, and the Lethbridge Herald is a source we ... Read More »

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Province’s masking mandate doesn’t go far enough

By Letter to the Editor on December 3rd, 2020

I, along with many Albertans, watched with interest and concern the new COVID restrictions as outlined by our premier and Minister Shandro on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The measures outlined were absolutely necessary and at least the premier appeared to actually understand the gravity of the situation. Many measures now mandated were long overdue but when ... Read More »

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Why risk the future for coal-mine cash?

By Letter to the Editor on December 2nd, 2020

B.C. has decades of experience with damage caused by open-pit coal mines. In the Elk Valley, both the Elk and the Fording Rivers are contaminated with selenium. Some ranchers are trucking in water for their cattle. Wells have been closed in. The U.S. government has sent a formal complaint to Canada and to B.C. about ... Read More »

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Public notice newspaper ads serve a democratic purpose

By Letter to the Editor on December 2nd, 2020

I was appalled to read, in the Nov. 19 Herald, that someone working for the City was suggesting that hearings and development permits, etc. no longer be advertised in the newspaper. A cost saving of $79,000 ($99,000), whichever, could probably be covered by eliminating their salary. To suggest that those seniors not on social media ... Read More »

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Working to end violence against women

By Letter to the Editor on November 28th, 2020

The statistics prior to the pandemic were stark enough: women experience violence at a rate four times that of men. Within that number, Indigenous women experience violence at rates 2.7 times higher than non-Indigenous women and are three times as likely to experience spousal violence. Transgendered women are nearly two times as likely to experience ... Read More »

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Public notices not the best place to start cutting back

By Letter to the Editor on November 28th, 2020

If the City is looking for areas where it can reduce expenditures, cutting back on public notices for zoning changes and development permits may not be the best place to begin. To start with, the province requires municipalities to give notice of such public hearings. Second, a business requesting a bylaw change is responsible for ... Read More »

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What Herald provides can’t be replaced

By Letter to the Editor on November 27th, 2020

We’ve been Lethbridge Herald subscribers for 46 years. That’s about 15,650 issues. We were both born and raised here in Lethbridge. We’ve volunteered here, worked here, owned a business here, raised children and are enjoying our grandchildren here. Like thousands of Lethbridge retired folks, we own computers, smartphones, televisions and radios, so we have an ... Read More »

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Why does City subsidize developers?

By Letter to the Editor on November 27th, 2020

I read with interest the article regarding cuts to the printed advertising budget as proposed by a City of Lethbridge department. I found the comment about seniors who are unable to access the internet should simply make their way down to city hall to pick up printed details to be just a little ludicrous. What ... Read More »

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A poor way to save $99,000

By Letter to the Editor on November 27th, 2020

Re: the Lethbridge Herald Thursday, Nov. 19, on the City Planning Department’s ridiculous way to save $99,000, for a City that has a budget of tens of millions of dollars. My idea, get rid of a couple of City staff planners, if this is all their brainstorming can come up with to save the City ... Read More »

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Be considerate and shovel your sidewalks

By Letter to the Editor on November 26th, 2020

Very few of us like shovelling sidewalks. For civic responsibility and financial reasons you shouldn’t wait for the next chinook. Seniors, moms with strollers, people in wheelchairs, joggers, dog walkers and students depend extensively on safe sidewalks. A brief chat with the City’s Regulatory Services Department confirms it is the property owner who is responsible ... Read More »

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