January 17th, 2021

Letters to the Editor

Front-yard garbage pickup is a bad idea

By Letter to the Editor on November 26th, 2020

Re: Garbage pickup at front of residential property. We have resided in the Lakeview area of Lethbridge for over 40 years. Our home is in a small cul-de-sac of seven or eight homes and all residents have between one and three vehicles which are regularly parked in front of or near their homes. While our ... Read More »

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City urged to support local newspaper

By Letter to the Editor on November 25th, 2020

Hello Mayor Spearman, You don’t often hear from me but I think you (and council) are doing a fantastic job of leading the city! You have not shied away from difficult decisions for the greater good. I know that’s a thankless task some days, so I want to first say THANK YOU for all you ... Read More »

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Carding not the only practice that should end

By Letter to the Editor on November 25th, 2020

With this week’s announcement from the UCP banning carding (which I applaud), my thoughts turn to another infringement on the privacy and rights often perpetuated by law enforcement: the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. It’s time to have a conversation about the role of uniformed and armed police officers in our schools and its impact ... Read More »

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Too many don’t get mask message

By Letter to the Editor on November 21st, 2020

Too many of us are not wearing masks in public. Alberta has become a hot spot for new corona infections. If people won’t wear a mask and avoid crowding our leaders must make it the law with fines to not do so. Recent Alberta regulations closing bars early are not enough. Heavy fines are in ... Read More »

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Federal app might be better fit for Alberta

By Letter to the Editor on November 21st, 2020

Recently Minister Shandro defended the Alberta COVID-19 tracing app as a tool in the fight against the pandemic. He went on to say that the federal app wasn’t a good fit for our province. Alberta has over 10,000 active cases, and the app has thus far identified just 70 contacts in 19 cases. The federal ... Read More »

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Will U.S. follow Germany’s example?

By Letter to the Editor on November 21st, 2020

Trump is gone, but what about “Trumpism”? This question seems of great concern these days. But let us consider some history. Quite recently the world was very worried the defeat of Hitler might not be the end of extreme German nationalism. Yet the German people eventually recognized their gullibility and Germany is now one of ... Read More »

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Condemning scare tactics about socialism

By Letter to the Editor on November 20th, 2020

After receiving an email from MP Rachael Harder, I confess to being both flummoxed and appalled that during an international pandemic, a Canadian representative would borrow rhetorical flourishes from American conservatives, especially the Republican Party and conservative wings of the Democratic Party. Given the aggressive undermining of the health-care system in Alberta by the UCP, ... Read More »

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COVID regulations a provincial matter

By Letter to the Editor on November 20th, 2020

A roaster claims that “Trudeau and cohorts blindsided the country by ordering a shutdown of everything nationwide.” In fact, Trudeau and the government ordered the border closed and air traffic to cease. Health and education are matters controlled by the provinces. It is Canadian premiers who issue regulations regarding business and school closures which is ... Read More »

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Other freedoms need defending

By Letter to the Editor on November 19th, 2020

In response to Rachael Harder’s opinion piece, “Freedom is not a freebie” (Nov. 6 Herald): For being the former chair of the committee on access to information, privacy, and ethics, I would have expected better. I want to premise this piece by saying that I am not a fan of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or ... Read More »

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Climate action is needed now

By Letter to the Editor on November 19th, 2020

The federal government recently announced it may delay its climate action plan another year until 2021. The Liberal government was elected in part because of a policy platform that included some meaningful actions to combat climate change. The Liberal party has made such promises in the past. None of Canada’s emissions reduction plans has ever ... Read More »

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Data doesn’t support deaths linked to SCS closure

By Letter to the Editor on November 18th, 2020

We recently had letters indicating that addict deaths went ballistic in the South Zone and the writers connected the closing of the SCS and those deaths; these writers knew that was not the case. So let’s look at the data. We had 36 people die of an unintentional overdose during Q1 and Q2 in the ... Read More »

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