Your letters for Tuesday, Dec. 13

Your letters for Tuesday, Dec. 13

False logic

David Mathias (letter, Dec. 8) makes the bold assertion that “Most atmospheric scientists have concluded that carbon dioxide is not a significant factor in atmospheric warming.” As anyone who is able navigate the Internet can attest to, that statement is a total falsehood. I suppose Mathias thinks that his next sentence supplies the missing logic, since he states that “Water vapour is far more significant.”

If that’s the case, then he should have simply stated the truth: water vapour is more significant than carbon dioxide in heating the planet. That doesn’t mean that carbon dioxide has zero significance. In fact, carbon dioxide provides the tipping point, since the extra CO2 liberated from the ground during the industrial revolution is the real issue (along with methane, and a few other chemicals).

Mathias’s false logic is like saying that since arson is a less significant crime than genocide, then it must not be a crime at all.

Evan Bedford, Red Deer

Dental services denied

The cost of a standard checkup in Alberta ($367.36) is 210 per cent higher than in British Columbia ($174). Alberta dental rates are the highest in Canada. At what level do Alberta’s families say enough is enough. Many families and employees without company benefit plans cannot afford these rates and thus are effectively denied service.

Alberta is the only province without a fee guide, which has led to significantly varying rates between dentists.

Dentists are prohibited from advertising their rates by the Alberta Dental Association because in their words it is “unethical.” I would have thought dentists colluding to set artificially high dental rates would be unethical. Let`s call it what it really is – not allowing dentists to advertise is a simple measure to avoid free market forces from influencing pricing. Whose interest does this serve, not yours!

Kudos to Alberta’s health minister, Sarah Hoffman for recognizing that this is a problem and that something needs to be done.

Gary Cole, Red Deer

Riverlands redevelopment

A note to the City of Red Deer — please quit building so many high-density neighbourhoods. Many of the citizens of Red Deer do not wish to live in high density areas, nor do we want to go to any businesses or residences in high density areas. It is very difficult to drive in these neighbourhoods. (We live in Alberta, Canada. Not everyone owns little Smart cars, nor do we want to. Some of us require trucks to get to and from work. Some of us require SUVs due to the size of our families. Others, just might prefer a larger vehicle. Everyone’s situation is different.)

Fortunately, I reside in an older area of Red Deer. I much enjoy the larger yards, and ample driving, and parking. As soon as you come to a new neighbourhood, or business area, in Red Deer, I feel like I’m a mouse in a mouse-maze, or a sardine stuffed in a can of sardines. Human beings need their space. Quit thinking of the almighty dollar. If you continue with the high density mentality, it won’t be long before Red Deer is no longer viewed as such a nice city to live in. We don’t need to become a metropolis.

Dana Hudema, Red Deer

Thank you

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, I was shopping at Walmart at Parkland Mall.

I had finished my shopping and got to the check out. I had a senior moment, and I couldn’t remember my PIN. After two tries, it still didn’t come to me, and Walmart doesn’t take cheques so I was in a situation. I can’t believe that an angel was in an aisle across from me. She came over and paid for my purchases. I couldn’t believe it. I asked, “Are you sure?”

She replied, “It’s your Christmas present.” I had tears in my eyes when I left. Thanks again. The world should have more people like you.

Merry Christmas.

Betty Derbyshire, Red Deer

Caribou killing

Re: indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival an article by David Suzuki’s on Dec. 8 in the Advocate.

Yes, they have a key role to play and that is not to over kill the caribou. Many years ago, the indigenous population was not a determining factor, but today with the indigenous ever increasing population puts grater pressure on the wellbeing of the caribou herd.

Suggestion of a moratorium on industrial activity and employment in adjacent lands to caribou migration is not an option in its self. Hundreds of years ago, indigenous people did not have the modern implements to kill caribou as they have today. Hunting caribou today is to supplement their food, which they can get at the store.

An effect of a hard winter has an impact on the caribou and also the hundreds of caribou, who have drowned when migrating across flooded rivers.

Nothing is in treaty rights that say that caribou herds must be maintained in the thousands for indigenous people to hunt.

If a moratorium is adopted, it should also contain that killing of caribou be stopped for the same period of time.

Fred Gifford, Red Deer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

File photo
Gov’t of Alberta identifies estimated 300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday

Online COVID-19 dashboard unavailable as upgrades being completed

The Central Alberta Freestyle Ski Club is hoping to win $50,000 through the Mackenzie Investments Top Peak contest. (Contributed photo)
Central Alberta ski club trying to win $50K in online contest

A central Alberta ski club has entered a contest where it can… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Red Deer dips below 300 active COVID-19 cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer continued to drop… Continue reading

Ben King scores for the Red Deer Rebels during the third period of a Western Hockey League game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Westerner Park Centrium Saturday. (Photo by Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels)
Rebels complete comeback to pick up first win of season

Rebels 3 Hitmen 2 (OT) The Red Deer Rebels were able to… Continue reading

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa on December 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Conservatives to call top Sajjan, Trudeau aides to testify on Vance allegations

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives plan to summon two senior Liberal aides… Continue reading

Elvira D'Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Several provinces were preparing to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, as Canada’s… Continue reading

Mount Pearl Senior High in Mount Pearl, N.L., remains closed on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The provincial health authority says there were 185 cases at 22 schools, including 145 infections among staff and students of one high school in Mount Pearl that was an early epicentre of the outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
In Newfoundland and Labrador, three ingredients made for explosive COVID-19 outbreak

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — With her classes, three part-time jobs and a… Continue reading

A passenger places a tag on luggage at the departure terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, May 24, 2019. The economic and life disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many recent immigrants to leave Canada and return to their countries of origin, where they have more social and familial connections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
COVID-19 pandemic prompts recent newcomers to leave Canada for their home countries

OTTAWA — The economic and life disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading

Rail cars wait for pickup in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 23, 2014. The fierce debate over cross-border pipelines is putting more Canadian oil and gas on trains destined for the United States — a country experts fear is ill-equipped for the potential consequences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
As debate rages over cross-border pipelines, U.S. analysts brace for more oil by rail

WASHINGTON — The fierce debate over cross-border pipelines is putting more Canadian… Continue reading

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

VICTORIA — Legal experts and a mother whose ex-partner was convicted of… Continue reading

Radio and television personality Dick Smyth is shown in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Dick Smyth, Canadian maestro of news radio commentary, dies at 86

TORONTO — Radio and television personality Dick Smyth, whose booming commentary filled… Continue reading

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Funeral for Walter Gretzky to be held Saturday in home town of Brantford, Ont.

The funeral for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father Walter will take place… Continue reading

Most Read