Clean up Alberta’s mess

Dear Premier, I would guess that you are wondering what you were thinking when you rushed in to save the Progressive Conservative party, right? Well it’s too late now, unless you want to cross the floor to the Wildrose Party. All that you can do to make it right is become very unpopular in the coffee shop and executive lounge. I realize you probably won’t like my advice. Sorry!

Dear Premier,

I would guess that you are wondering what you were thinking when you rushed in to save the Progressive Conservative party, right? Well it’s too late now, unless you want to cross the floor to the Wildrose Party.

All that you can do to make it right is become very unpopular in the coffee shop and executive lounge. I realize you probably won’t like my advice. Sorry!

Why should you or the taxpayers take the beating for the fiscal shortfall? We can thank high gas and oil prices for driving the cost of living up, so why not hand the bill to them?

They can slow production if they want, but fuel for homes needs to be returned to affordable levels and locked in for everybody. The same for power.

I am quite sure if you look at environment, jobs could be regained in a hurry. Don’t believe for a minute it’s been done, or they don’t have the money. Take a look at what their CEOs are being paid. Ridiculous, right? One paycheque like that and those brains will be fuzzy the rest of their lives.

Everyone knows that there are hundreds of high-paying jobs in the health-care system that have to go. They were smart enough to dream up the bogus jobs, so if they didn’t put some of that big money away, that’s just too damn bad for them with no big payout.

Doctors’ attitudes need adjusting. It’s not a library job they have. If they don’t have the desire to help people and will put in the hours it takes to accomplish the task, they need to get out of town.

Our hospitals are not being put to use properly. Every operating room should be in use, not just the large centres. You might have heard some whining that they couldn’t even handle maternity cases. What a pile of. … Any good nurse can deliver a baby and if the need arises, they can fly a specialist in. We have issues with foreign doctors who are ignorant, rude and plain, damn stupid. There is lots of room for them in Africa to treat Ebola.

How about the rules of our roads being completely ignored? Why should the money come from tax dollars to pay officers, when there are so many begging to donate if someone would write them a ticket? While driving to a job, a high- speed vehicle passed everyone, and a few days later did a face plant into the back end of a tanker.

It didn’t end well for them. Very sad, but sadder still is when they walk away after murdering innocent people and the judges refuse to punish them properly. I don’t except their excuses of drugs, booze, and high speed. When they fail to use good judgment and put others at risk, they pay in equal terms as they caused the accident.

Let’s look at the other government departments that also have too much top and no working bottom. There is no shortage of money if the right choices are made! I don’t care how loud the union howls. If they go on strike, you’re saving money every day and the list of ones that need to go gets longer. Deep down they know that there are fellow workers that have long ago passed their useful stage and have turned into a pain in the ass.

When some people are overpaid, it opens the flood gates for other, and our oil and gas industry is the leader in this field. They cut quality workers and place their spoiled kids in management positions; hire buddies and CEOs at ridiculous wages and expect the workers to do more on less with garbage equipment.

If you don’t think we know how it is, guess again! We’ve been watching for over 60 years and it doesn’t get better with time.

When we look at the people on the ballots at election time, it’s pretty near impossible to pick out one that shares your own views on very many topics. But loyalty is a must. Lots of politicians complain about low voter turn out. Is it any wonder?

So what’s next? What we watch on TV news in those foreign countries, will it happen here? People who are sick of being on the bottom use violence to try to bring back fairness and balance.

If you think it’s hard to budget for low oil prices, how would you like to budget for a layoff? Maybe an unsuspected heart condition, with no medical leave, EI you don’t qualify for, and the best one — utilities — that always come as a shocker with a pension, that’s half big enough. It sure builds your faith in our province to fill out forms every day, begging for assistance and receiving none. Puts a whole now meaning to budget. It’s uplifting when all this crap rolls in, makes you tough.

Guess I should rush down to the dealership and get me a raised-up pickup and a motor bike. Hell, I should join the Hells Angels, then straighten this country out.

Harley Coates

Rimbey

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