Letters, July 31: ‘Why are we so poorly maintaining city green spaces?’

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Jul 31, 2022  •  47 mins ago  •  12 minute read  •  Join the conversation

 

Calgary City Hall became photographed on Monday, November 22, 2021. Photo through Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
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THE CITY IS JUST UGLY
I can’t agree with the human beings of Calgary aren’t up in hands over the dearth of renovation withinside the town on all of its inexperienced spaces. The lawns aren’t being mowed infrequently anywhere, there are useless, or in part useless bushes all over, I haven’t visible any watering and in reality, it seems like a slum town, in all likelihood the ugliest in Canada. The finances for that became reduce an in addition 17% beneath neath our mayor. Major roads like 14 St. and Anderson Rd. are receiving very little care whatsoever. It is embarrassing and frustrating. This was a fantastically manicured town that we had been proud to pressure round in and stay in. Now I need to flow. Please, I urge you, if that is a trouble for you, tele_cellsmartphone your councilor’s workplace and 311 and motel complaints. It is a criminal offense how terrible our town appears. Thank you.
JACKIE BURRELL
(Yes, the town does seem like crap. But is it time we had an extra to all of the grass on town land as retaining it neat is infrequently sustainable, obviously?)

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TAXED TO DEATH
I desire to invite Robert Wayte, how a lot of pot you smokin’? Do you need greater taxes? This is the maximum absurd announcement I even have heard in an extended time. We want now no longer pay the taxes we’re paying now. The province is in a surplus and the village fool down east is spending our cash like a drunken sailor if he isn’t always giving it away. The parents in Parliament getting paid for his or her number one houses and journey time, occurring lavish journeys and ingesting substantial quantities of beer and wine on fuel-guzzling jets … shall I cross on? To say not anything of the rip-off this is the carbon tax. I could now no longer thoughts paying taxes if the cash became spent responsibly however it isn’t always and by no means might be. I will now no longer paint all politicians with an equal brush however there is an excellent range of them obtainable which are in politics for the only motive to drink from the cup of plenty. Politicians are just like the ones going for walks in u. s. a . don’t paintings for me or you, they paintings for different interests. So the perception of some other tax is, and you’ll forgive me, however asinine!
JASON PETRIE
(Seriously, by no means volunteer greater tax cash for authorities.)

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PICK A PARTY
Caspar Pfenninger makes a few legitimate factors in his (recent) letter. I agree that 27 applicants for mayor are excessive, however, in no manner could my idea obstruct everybody from going for walks in the public workplace. What I need to keep away from is having the political gadget perform on the municipal level. The candidate could now no longer require a club and the candidate could now no longer acquire an endorsement or aid from the provincial or federal birthday celebration. All it’d do is align a candidate with a political birthday celebration or ideology. The manner paintings: on the beginning of the marketing campaign, the candidate could claim that their political affairs are in league with this birthday celebration and could run beneath neath their banner and a couple of applicants might also additionally lean on that path. The thought I could upload is that the province enacts a law that applicants for mayor, council, and faculty board marketing campaign beneath neath a political banner. Candidates’ brochures and pamphlets are indistinct and rife with political bromides and empty platitudes. If a candidate needed to run beneath neath a celebration name, it’d deliver the voter a brief understanding of wherein the candidate stood at the issues. If Jyoti Gondek and others needed to market campaign beneath neath a political banner, the human beings could have had a higher concept approximately their political leanings and closing October’s election might also additionally have had unique results. Lastly, on the provincial and federal levels, nearly all applicants run beneath neath a celebration name. Why must municipal elections be exempt from the scheme? People are busy and if it enables human beings to speedy accomplice a candidate with a political birthday celebration then the general public could be higher knowledgeable approximately the candidate. This is a hard concept and wishes to be delicate with a person who has greater time to do it than I do.
JEFFREY ANDERSON
(They don’t want to label. Who they’re is hidden in simple sight. And you may run as an independent, too.)

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MISTAKES WERE MADE
In 2019 while the UCP authorities slid indexation far from Albertans, they misplaced my vote. The most efficient forgot that he became a conservative. Same MO for coal mine safety withinside the stunning Eastern Slopes — right here is going my economic aid of the birthday celebration. The birthday celebration then regarded to focus on being stupid, attacking the province’s parks, clinical staff, etc., that no person in my circle requested them to do. I did assume the brakes to be placed on deficit spending and trimming the bloated civil service. Those matters that the most efficient mentioned to present power to Alberta’s function on this rip-off of u. s . a .; simply talk. So nowadays, with inflation growing rapidly, the tax index flow is starting to chew difficult. Alberta is beneath neath attack, again, through our doofus PM and his band of inexperienced idiots. With Canada falling apart, doofus is zipping approximately u. s. a . including heaps of GHGs and now involved approximately use of fertilizer, a right away attack at the farm/meals manufacturers of the nation. So right here in Alberta, we take a seat down with a lame-duck most efficient who’s inching thru a completely lengthy departure whilst greater harm is being carried out to the economy. Besides being too drawn out, the race to update Jason Kenney might be settled through a convoluted vote casting machine that would internet us a brand new most efficient who’s everyone’s 2d choice.
HAL CARSON
(Been there, carried out that.)

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PST HELPS
Re: ‘NO SALES TAX’, letter, July 24. As lengthy as we had the total wealth effect of our oil and fuel line enterprise, we by no means ever even needed to consider a PST in Alberta. But, matters are converting in our province. The PST and the GST stimulate and boost an economy, ask any economist. Danielle Smith is aware all too properly that talking approximately a PST can have a terrible effect on a few Alberta voters, but she has the braveness to deliver up the subject. She should have opted to be silent approximately it, like all of the different applicants. She should have waited till she is the most efficient in our province, after which put in force the PST. That she did now no longer cross this manner, speaks volumes for her integrity and her character. Think difficult approximately these human beings.
CASPAR PFENNINGER
(Nope.)

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SHORTAGE OF ANSWERS
From crowded airports to lengthy traces on the passport workplace to the dearth of agricultural labor to the getting older body of workers withinside the creation enterprise developing complications for the builders and farmers, Canadians are fed the equal line over and over. Shortage of labor. Shortage of nurses and doctors, loss of certified and involved production human beings, and so on. But Canadians must have a take observe the reasons for this dilemma. Look what number of social influencers popped up in only a few years. How many human beings, beneath neath numerous pretenses, controlled to create whole fields of research of nonsensical ideas? How many professionals providing to remedy all of the issues of the arena so long as we apprehend their presence and award them handsomely? Not to say the life of nefarious positions withinside the ever-developing authorities. And the economic region wherein many create imaginary values that advantage so few? No, there may be no scarcity of labor! There is a revulsion to have interaction in sports that someday suggest getting your fingers grimy and your backs sore. We need consolation so long as a person else pulls the weight. We at the moment are paying the price.
ZDENEK KUTAC
(A shallow society terrified of a bit difficult paintings?)

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SURPRISE, SURPRISE!
The brilliance of our Liberal federal authorities. They go back the Siemens generators to Germany for Russia to put in towards all the global leaders’ calls (besides Biden, he isn’t any global chief besides). So Russia can deliver electricity to Germany and beyond. Fools, all of you, Russia reduce the fuel line delivered nowadays besides to Europe and that they have an operating pipeline now. I’m no global army strategist however in case you didn’t see this became going to happen, you ought to be mind useless. Guess I spoke back to my subsequent query. What had been are they wondering transport them returned? If you need to assist them, get Canadian electricity supplied, ah however no, we canceled the pipelines east for Quebec. Three years from now while the pipeline could be constructed, Canada could prosper immensely, imparting different nations with secure electricity. Now the arena awaits the wintry weather information tales approximately Europe freezing withinside the dark. They did it to themselves, much like Trudeau is doing right here. Rise, human beings, towards these authorities due to the fact without converting the path of the Canadian train, we’re going to crash as properly.
LEE RANDELL
(Winter is coming, as they say.)

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EASY PEASY
So Gian-Carlo Carra receives a loose by skip. His left-passed apology does now no longer reduce it. His declaration became a blunder that he didn’t place it on paper doesn’t skip the scent test, as some distance as I am concerned. If I even have commercial enterprise dealings, I make certain there may be something on paper to defend me if there must be a snafu; and for some distance much less than $300,000. In addition, why now no longer refer to the problem in addition? If there may be not anything to hide, there shouldn’t be a hassle with an additional “look-see”. We have an ethics commissioner in addition to an integrity commissioner, which to me is redundant. Should elected officers now no longer already be human beings of exemplary character? Now no longer withinside the City of Calgary, or in different tiers of the presidency, as some distance as I am concerned. It has been stated we want to have excellent salaries to draw the nice human beings. The residents of this honest town, province, and u. s. a . are being short-modified in lots of cases. Politicians of all stripes and all tiers of presidency get “stuck with their fingers withinside the cookie jar”, and provide an insincere apology after which inform us “flow alongside now, not anything to look right here”. I am bored with this and if those forms of people had any integrity, they could surrender and the reality they don’t speaks volumes!
HERBERT PIERCE
(The already shaky/flaky bunch have simply misplaced loads greater tolerance for his or her behavior. And admire this is by no means coming returned.)

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NICE TRY, COUNCILLORS
Councilors Jennifer Wyness and Sonya Sharp did their nice to result in something such as real results for her errant colleague. Unfortunately, the few accountable/accountable representatives on the council are outnumbered by their very well woke ‘comrades’. There might be no crook research into the “office work mistakes” of Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra. Having brought his heartfelt apologies to the citizen-ATMs, he’s going to simply need to go through a few schooling with the ethics commissioner on the way to being a ‘nicer person. A slam dunk. Perhaps Her Clunky-and-Colonial-ness will arrange a ‘welcome returned’ birthday celebration for the soon-to-be-completely-exonerated Mr. Carra. The outwardly humbled Ward nine councilor will do away with his dog-muzzle-like masks lengthy sufficient to partake of the cake and ice cream.
BARBARA JESSIMAN
(This in reality is something else however has 0 to do with wokeness.)

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BONUS LETTERS — ONLINE ONLY

TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY
The starting paragraph of your editorial reads, “Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says Pope Francis’ apology for the Catholic Church’s function withinside the going for walks of residential colleges didn’t cross some distance sufficient, ignoring the many years of failure through federal governments, which includes the modern one, to enhance the lives of Indigenous human beings.” This is an ordinary Liberal spin awaiting a person else to take obligation for his or her very own incompetence. Is it any surprise to u.s.a . is in sort of shambles?
BILL CRAWFORD
(It’s now no longer simply the Catholic Church at fault right here.)

TOO MUCH RELIGION
People just like the Sun’s Tarek Fatah are a large hassle with what’s occurring in society those days. Going on approximately religion. Earth is fashioned at the return of a turtle, a remarkable spirit who orders animals to descend into primeval water to deliver returned mud, out of which the earth is fashioned. Maybe the Indigenous had been smoking an excessive amount of peyote and returned withinside the day much like the Israelites perhaps smoking an excessive amount of hash to in reality assume that the Red Sea became parted? And then there may be the Canadian taxpayer footing the invoice for some other spiritual waste of time. Sorry parents, however, all of us want to arise and do matters for ourselves in preference to wondering that a few divine spirits or holy god go to get it carried out for you.
PETER MILES
(It’s a person’s choice. Mock it if you may however religions are nonetheless a part of human beings’ lives. Some greater than others, of course.)

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HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
Three answers come to my thoughts as opportunities to save you any additional vandalism to the Peace Bridge. The first one is to apply fashioned Lexan panels, Lexan is not possible to interrupt and is tough to scratch. However, Lexan will lose readability over time. The 2d choice is to put in commercial metallic grading panels. That could forestall graffiti spraying and fabric harm. That choice could alternate the appearance of the bridge somewhat. The 1/3 choice is to put in gates at every give-up of the bridge and near gates between 10 p.m. and six a.m. Many towns around the arena near downtown parks so that you can maintain sure factors out.
MIREK JANOVEC
(Sadly, sure factors run amok in our downtown.)

JUST NOT FAIR
Just analyzing that the OAS is being elevated through the authorities through 10%. This will most effectively follow seniors seventy-five and up. As I remember for the duration of COVID, seniors seventy-five and up additionally were given a charge of $500 to assist with elevated prices of residing. My query is did we now no longer all face a fee of residing boom and why are we developing lessons for seniors? Should now no longer each senior this is amassing OAS acquire the equal boom. I am now no longer a senior and in reality, do now no longer begrudge everybody receiving it however it appears extraordinary we’re most effective handing out a lot-wished boom at a sure age. Last time I checked, you’re taken into consideration a senior at age 65.
AGNES SNEL
(The divide and triumph over birthday celebration move again.)

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JUST A BAD IDEA
Re: ‘LOCK HIM UP!’ letter, July 28. Although I in no manner condone vandalism, possibly the foundation reason for the Peace Bridge harm and fee additionally want to be mentioned. At the time, it became a very arguable and unpopular project. The placement, the contractor, and the fee all incorrectly rubbed several human beings. Politicians of the time did now no longer listen. So in lots of ways, this bridge has become an image of flesh presser ego and the disconnect with normal human beings. I appear to do not forget that at the equal time, Banff constructed a bridge of comparable length for beneath neath $2 million. So as this citizen sees his freedom taken away because of his beside-the-point show of frustration and actions, possibly the modern busload of clowns in the stupid corridor must take inventory of the actual motive they have got a job — serve the human beings, now no longer your ego or pocketbook.
RAY STEVENSON
(Ray, they’re there to serve themselves, as evidenced Wednesday.)

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JUST GO AWAY
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to the British royal own circle of relatives what Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons had been to Nineteen Fifties Hollywood: A pair of gossip queens. And, while now no longer busy retailing extremely embarrassing salacious information approximately their royal relatives, install their self-ascribed ethical authority to lecture us lesser mortals on quite some subjects, from being concerned for the environment — however their ordinary use of personal jets — to the significance of treating different human beings with care and consideration. The pair of them are so crisscrossed through contradiction they’re beginning to resemble caricatures, to seem like clueless hypocrites and cleaning soap opera blowhards.
OREST SLEPOKURA
(No one wishes lecturing from elites.)

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