Letters, Sept. 3, 2022: ‘This pilot bad idea from the start’

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Bike lanes are important and should be installed where it makes sense and the roadway has sufficient room for one. But to use it as way of controlling traffic adds frustration to the vehicle-users in the area.

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WRONG WAY

So there are some issues with the pilot for a bike lane in Quarry Park. Creating a bike lane as a method to reduce speed and traffic volume is wrong. Bike lanes are important and should be installed where it makes sense and the roadway has sufficient room for one. But to use it as way of controlling traffic adds frustration to the vehicle-users in the area. Traffic volume will not decrease, it will only become more congested. If it is speed then we have a system in place that will punish the individual who is speeding, not everyone. The city needs to re-evaluate how they determine where a bike lane is installed, and before spending money on a permanent solution to do a comprehensive evaluation of how the trial was used and make an informed decision based on fact and not on local pressures.

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JIM HOPE

(Agreed. Using bike lanes as traffic pilot is not a wise way of getting the public on side.)

PARTY TIME

So the deputy prime minister really likes Albertans after all. How come everyone wasn’t invited to the private party Alberta’s daughter attended with Calgary MP George “Porch Pirate” Chahal and adoring Liberal Party supporters at the Garage on Aug. 30th? Our feelings are hurt!

JOANNE and WAYNE MORCOM

(Expect some correspondence orchestrated by the federal Liberals around tax time.)

HEALTHY OUTLOOK

Re: Health agendas, letter, Aug. 27. You’re right, Jeffrey Anderson. There are a few interest groups who’ll do anything to protect the status quo. Mainly motivated by self-interest, instead of for the betterment of all. I am an avid proponent of a dual health-care system. An absolute necessity, in the 21st century. But I do have a renewed hope — her name is Danielle Smith. She must become the leader of our UCP, and thus the next premier of Alberta. I do know Danielle Smith, and she will deal with the public unions in the same manner as the Iron Lady in the U.K., Margaret Thatcher, did. There is a segment on the left of the political spectrum, who will besmirch Danielle Smith at every turn, as they are literally afraid of her succeeding. They should be, too, as she will introduce many changes for the better, all across the board.

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CASPAR PFENNINGER

(Guess Danielle can count on your vote in the leadership race.)

NEED FOR SECURITY

What a disappointment that our mayor didn’t take this opportunity to thank Calgary taxpayers for providing the funds for her and the councillors’ security systems to make them feel safer in their own homes. Instead of which, she is whining about people finding her home and scaring her. Does she really think this is just a female problem? Remember Guilbeault on the roof of Ralph Klein’s house in 2002? Colleen was terrified, but Ralph didn’t ask taxpayers to pay for a security system.

TRICIA YERSEL

(Afraid there’s just no way we can condone verbal and/or physical intimidation of our politicians at any level. Period.)

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FREE PASS

Joe Biden’s government is going to forgive anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 in student loans for U.S. citizens in order to garner votes for himself and his party in the upcoming elections. That should be comforting to those responsible citizens who have paid off their student loans or who are diligently doing so. When one borrows money — be it a mortgage, line of credit, business loan or student loan — it eventually has to be paid back, plain and simple. What kind of message is being sent out there when a government forgives those loans and expects the rest of its citizens to cough up the money for those deadbeats who are delinquent in paying off their loans? And when will the Trudeau government follow suit and put forth a similar package? It’s just a matter of time. Such a sad world we live in!

MOLLY KENS

(What will the beleaguered taxpayer be funding next?)

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