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Letters to the Editor

Encourage safe eye practices

Not so long ago, I expressed my concern regarding not wearing (proper) eye protection to prevent eye injuries and potential vision impairment/blindness after a photograph by one of the Advocate staff was published on the front page of your newspaper.

Once again I feel it is necessary to warn people of the potential dangers when involved in certain activities. READ

Stop the exodus from Michener Centre before there is more tragedy

It has now been 17 months since the government announced it would be shutting down the Michener Centre in Red Deer. READ

Paving crew’s safety practices could put public at jeopardy

I live on Glendale Boulevard and was observing the work of a paving crew recently with my young son, who was fascinated by the process. As we discussed what was going on and what they were doing. I noticed some very disturbing and unsafe practices going on with the paving employees READ

Natives showed us way to democracy, but we treated them with disrespect

I wish to comment on Chris Salomons’ recent column on residential schools. I can identify so well with your letter and experience. I spent some time in a convent in Williams Lake, B.C., where we went to school, and witnessed native children being brought into the convent from reserves out west of Williams Lake, and the challenges they faced to integrate into our social life. Some of them didn’t READ

Cyclists, motorists must learn to get along

On Aug. 15, Lee Hankey wrote a letter complaining about cyclists. His observations are common among those who dislike bicycles. He states that cyclists bother him when they ride past him on the bicycle paths without ringing a bell. He is right. Cyclists should be warning walkers. It can be very disconcerting to have someone on a bicycle to buzz by without any warning. READ

Red Deer’s waste system falls short

Appalled, disgusted, fit-to-be tied! Just some of the feelings churning through my blood when my empty paint cans, aerosol cans, paint-laden brushes, rollers and trays were turned away from the Red Deer garbage recycling station. The girl at the scales said “you may as well take them home and put them in your own garbage (for free) because unless there is paint in them there cans, it’s all considered household garbage!” READ

A solution for Gaza

Re: Gaza dispute will linger, Red Deer Advocate, Aug. 1 There is, sadly, a lack of condemnation from most of our elected politicians regarding the slaughter of over 2,000 people in Gaza, including 400 children and 50 Israeli soldiers. READ

City taxes simply wasted

I don’t share the opinion that the City of Red Deer puts taxes to good use (City taxes put to good use, letter to the editor by Terry and Maria Boase). READ

Anglin light on AltaLink facts

Re: Joe Anglin about proposed sale of AltaLink to Berkshire Hathaway Energy Wildrose MLA Joe Anglin recently wrote a letter to the editor about the pending sale of AltaLink to Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE). Mr. Anglin’s piece is strong on opinion but light on facts. READ

Albertans just won’t learn

Let’s see: In spite of the earthquake in Rocky and what’s going on in Iraq, last I noticed, the price of a barrel of oil was still under a hundred bucks. And yet, in the middle of the weekend the price of gas is hiked eight cents per litre. To my way of thinking, this kind of makes Alison Redford look like a shoplifter at a dollar store. READ

Will we learn fracking lesson?

Fracking = earthquakes How long is the jury out? Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer Red Deer READ

Cyclists, invest in a bell

“On your left!” This call can sometimes be heard by pedestrians on any one of the many beautiful trails that thread the length and breadth of the City of Red Deer. What does it mean? READ

More of the same from Prentice

Is Jim Prentice walking around with a suitcase full of some sort of prepaid PC membership cards, or is it actual $10 bills that he’s been handing out to anyone he thinks will vote for him? READ

The truth about Suzuki

I want to thank Doug Williamson on the letter to Advocate, Friday, Aug. 15, on David Suzuki. READ

End of the line for Alberta Tories

I am totally amazed at how the Conservatives in this province feel their entitlement to obscene salaries and severance packages prompts them to jump from one ridiculous squandering of taxpayers’ dollars to another. Less than two years after they put a three-year freeze on wage hikes to senior management, they turn around and give them a seven per cent increase. READ

Harper deserves great credit

Re: Garfield Marks letter to the editor of Aug. 15: I find Garfield Marks’ remarks offensive and unfounded. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has brought our country out of a recession and out of debt, making us the envy of the world. READ

Can Harper turn the tide?

In 1865, the American Civil War was engaged in one last significant battle, The Battle of Palmito Ranch or it sometimes referred to as Palmito Hill. Fought on the Rio Grande, the Confederates were determined to protect the shipping of natural resources (cotton). Knowing that the war was all but lost, they pinned their hopes on this battle and the experiences of old warhorse commanders. They needed the profits and hoped this win could reverse the tide against the Confederacy. READ

Stop wasting time, money on bikers

I am writing this letter in response to the article by Greg Neiman on the Comments page in the Aug. 6 Red Deer Advocate under the heading of “Insight.” I do not get any insight from this article. All I saw was another request for gimme, gimme. READ

Alarm about fluoride water overblown

Rob Blais (letter to the Advocate, Aug. 12) implies that a class action lawsuit should be considered for our city council for allowing fluoride in our water. READ

Stop publishing Suzuki; cancel his charitable status

Re: The desperate denials, by David Suzuki, Aug. 11: For a response to the rant by David Suzuki and published as science by the Advocate, one need only look to the bottom of the page and read Radical NGOs distort truth for the cause by Gwyn Morgan. READ

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