Letters

We’re not laughing about humour column

This was supposed to be a humorous article, but we find it to be uneducated comment and not real humour.

Earlier this month

There’s no need to poison wolves in Alberta

Canadian wildlife officers poisoning wild animals, in Alberta? And I thought Sarah Palin’s project of aerial shooting of wolves was shocking! The Fish and Wildlife officer said that wolves have been in the area for 20 to 30 years?

Earlier this month

Our secular society is going down the tubes

So the provincial government has now spiked the gas rebate. First it was the seniors’ increase in income tax and then, the biggest shock of all, the increased cost of medications.

Hockey parents should behave

Well, minor hockey is over for another year. I know I am going to miss watching our grandson and his friends play.

Newspaper story will discourage Glendale students

I am utterly appalled that a news story headlined Radical changes coming to school, which included a very damaging figure, was deemed worthy of the Advocate’s front page on March 12.

Drug plan changes frightening seniors

I am writing in response to the Advocate’s Feb. 18 story, headlined Seniors concerned, about proposed changes to drug plan coverage for Alberta seniors.

Thanks for helping me when I broke my ankle

On Feb. 7, I was skating at Bower Ponds and I fell and broke my ankle.

School buses could be operated more safely

The recent death of a seven-year-old boy south of Calgary saddened me, as this death was entirely preventable. My belief is that confusion surrounding bylaws within differing municipalities is partly to blame.

Good luck to retired managing editor

Joe McLaughlin, the Red Deer Advocate’s managing editor, recently retired from the post after more than 23 years as head of the department.

Three cheers for foster parents

When I heard on the radio recently that a young boy was injured in a foster home near Strathmore, and that people were angry because the homes in Alberta are crowed, I turned the radio off.

Thieves should be ashamed of themselves

I would like to thank the thieves who stole about $80 worth of bottles and cans from my porch. I can’t believe they had the nerve to do that. This is the second time this has happened. The first time it was $100 worth, which was to help my daughter with university. This time it was to give to charity. I really hope that it makes the thieves as happy as it would have the kids they stole from. Darlene Dieno Red Deer

Good Samaritans came to my rescue

I would like to thank all the angels who stopped and helped me on Monday, March 9. I was on my way to Red Deer that morning and as I got closer, the roads got worse with ice and it was very cold. I was thinking I should put my vehicle in 4x4 when the next thing I knew I was heading for the ditch on the other side of the road. My vehicle flipped onto the passenger side, then the roof. I was able to turn off my Suzuki Grand Vitara and get the window down but unable to get my seatbelt undone. After about 10 to 15 minutes of waving my hand out the window, I looked over and heard a man asking if I was all right. He undid my seatbelt and then helped my out of my car, through the window. I was very shaken up but not hurt. I would like to thank Sylvan Lake’s Rob Valle — I hope I spelled his name right) — for undoing my seatbelt and helping me over to a van owned by the Osborns from Delburne. Valle and the other gentleman with him collected my things and made sure I was fine. Another lady from Delburne (I didn’t get her name) called 911 and stayed with me until the police arrived. Thank you to her. And to the Osborns in Delburne, I can’t thank you enough. You stopped and let me stay warm in your van and offered to drive me all the way home, if needed. To all the emergency people who came out on that frightful day to see if I was OK, thank you. To Glen Little, who ended taking me home in Delburne and driving even slower than needed just so I would feel OK, thank you. A lot of angels out that day and to everyone who stopped: thank you. Sharon Riggins Delburne

Our gun laws are in poor taste

Re. recent media reports concerning Saskatchewan Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz being dropped as a speaker at a gun lobby dinner in Ontario:

Thanks for supporting CAWES fundraiser

On behalf of the board of directors, management, staff and clients of the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, I am pleased to announce that our charity dinner raised in excessive $70,000 on March 19th. This would not have been possible without the assistance of the Red Deer Advocate, Big 105 and The Drive. As many people are aware, we were struggling two weeks prior to the event and with your assistance we can claim we were sold out for the 15th consecutive year. With an annual budget in excess of $2 million and clients numbering in excess of 750 annually, we are truly blessed to have a caring media in the city of Red Deer to assist us with our fight against serious criminal domestic violence. Ray McBeth President CAWES

Spring skiers can learn from Richardson’s death

The tragedy of Natasha Richardson’s death is followed with surprise. How could the city of Montreal and the Mont Tremblant ski facilities not have a helicopter emergency service? We take STARS for granted in Alberta. Quebec should implement a similar lottery-funded air ambulance service. I can’t help wondering if Richardson was skiing on that “bunny Run” with her children? Maybe a mother watching out for the safety of her kids wouldn’t like a “football/ hockey player” helmet enclosing her views. Would helmets such as worn by cyclists be sufficient to prevent head-brain injuries on ski hills? Let families going spring skiing include safety gear for their heads as well as protection for hands and feet. Then Natasha Richardson will not have died in vain. Rondo Wood Red Deer

Show some class when refuting FOX program

I realize that recent comments made by Greg Gutfeld and others on FOX’s Red Eye program have left you frothing at the mouth and eager to snarl back.

Charities need to work their business plan

Re: Editorial Charities may need to cut back, Advocate March 6. I for one agree with you; we at the Red Deer Food Bank have for a number of years engaged in proactive funds development. We work hard for our money with everything from our barbecues to raffles. Hard work, great return, and yes we operate on a business model. Unfortunately your general tone detracted from your very clear message, but I am one that understands the importance of getting to the point. Fred Scaife Manager, Red Deer Food Bank

Hurrying to get nowhere

I am an older driver. This last week alone I had three incidents when merging into the right lane. The first time I found a nice space, signalled and inched over. The female driver gunned her truck ahead and cut me off, giving me a dirty look as she sped by. The second time, a woman test driving a truck did the same thing. And the third time I managed to merge with lots of room, only to have the male driver of a work truck speed up behind me and honk his horn. No wonder that our fair city has so many accidents. What has happened to us that we are in such a hurry to get nowhere? Bonnie Neuman Red Deer

Christian holidays have pagan roots

Springtime, Easter, a truly magical time when the Earth seems to reawaken from the cold depths of winter.

2011 will be too late to bring our soldiers home

Four more Canadian soldiers find themselves buried while fighting a false war that the Americans started in the name of fighting terrorism. Where are they now? Too busy in Iraq, it seems.