Pincher Creek Letters to the Editor | Pincher Creek Echo
Rural Municipalities Ignored Again
Like the NDP before it, the UCP has proven they have no desire to take into consideration the needs of rural Albertans. Remember Bill 6? The one that forced onerous red tape on all farmers, put in place without any discussion with those whom it would effect? The UCP rightly opposed this. But now they’re doing the same thing.
weather (Pincher Creek)
GUARANTEED BASIC INCOME
During this COVID 19 Pandemic, Justin Trudeau should seize this moment and take an initiative to implement new socially progressive programs, like a universal basic income and a national pharmacare program. Our country needs a Franklin Delano Roosevelt “New Deal” Approach to some of our country’s socioeconomic ills! Out of the Great Depression (1929 – 1939) and the Second World War (1939 – 1945) came Social Security and Unemployment Insurance, and in Canada’s case, Family Allowance (or the “Baby Bonus”). Many of our European allies implemented universal public medicare (including pharmacare) systems in their respective countries long before Canada did. Now, hard times call for desperate measures!
Open letter to the Vulcan community
We are writing today (April 8) because of prominent media reports about decisions made by some rural Alberta doctors to withdraw their services. In Stettler and Sundre, doctors have withdrawn from working in their hospital emergency rooms, effective July 1, 2020. Other rural doctors have publicly stated that they are actively contemplating reducing their services. These decisions are the direct result of recent government imposed changes to the funding of all Alberta doctors, which threatens the quality of health care that we can provide. This decrease in available care will be felt most acutely in rural communities, as doctors choose to move away or retire.
Conservatives launch The Waste Report to highlight wasteful Liberal spending
Dear Editor, In 2015, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals promised they would make life more affordable for families. They promised they’d run small deficits before bringing Canada’s budget back to balance. They promised a lot of things. And yet, here we are. The Liberals have added $72 billion to the national debt and folks here in Battle River-Crowfoot can’t get ahead. So, what did they do with your tax dollars? They gave $50 million to Mastercard, a company that made $16 billion in 2019. They gave $12 million to Loblaws – the company that owns superstore – to buy fridges that they didn’t need. They spent $1.6 million on his disastrous trip to India. And this is just the beginning. There are billions of dollars more in waste to uncover. Canadians deserve to know what they’ve gotten as a result of the biggest government spending spree in Canadian history. That’s why Canada’s Conservatives have launched The Waste Report. I encourage all Canadians to learn more at https://TheWasteReport.ca. Conservatives are committed to lifting the veil on the Liberals wasteful spending. Sincerely, Damien C. Kurek, Member of Parliament for Battle River-Crowfoot
The system is broken
When will our World Governments ever realize that the current system is not working for the people. It only works for the Banks and the big Corporations. All our Villages, Towns and Cities are facing major Infrastructure problems that the Taxation system can’t pay for because the taxes are already too high. We have everything in Canada, or the world for that matter, that we could ever hope for, but we are all lacking in the one thing! And that is Money! You need money to buy and sell with. I wonder if we’ll ever get people in the Government with the brains to figure this out. The Governments across Canada are trying to cut Education and Health Care Funding. Of all things to make cuts to, these should not be cut. Our Hospitals and Extended Cares are already under funded and under staffed. There is so much money needed in the next few years for Highways and Infrastructure of all kinds that it’s mind-boggling. But our Governments will probably do nothing till the Country is at a standstill. The people can’t afford to pay for borrowing and paying interest on it anymore, and it’s so simple to fix. The Government of Canada, or any other Country, has to print the money to run the Infrastructure on. Way to simple for our Governments to figure out. This would probably solve a lot of problems around the World also. And no amount of pipelines will save us from the problems we are facing. At present time, the Banks have the power to print the money and this should be the Government of the day’s job. Please pass this onto friends and neighbours, and send copies to your MLA’s and MD’s, and the Opposition, the Premieres of every province, and especially the Prime Minister and his Finance Minister, and lots of copies to the Bank Of Canada Governor, or maybe your favourite TV Talk Show Host or Radio. If the Government gets enough copies of this, maybe they will take the time to read it. Robert Blagen Youngstown, AB
Thank you for the support
We at Hanna Plumbing and Heating Ltd would like to thank the Herald for their story on us and take this opportunity to thank Ryan Wecker and his family for the years of employment, training and sense of small town community over the years. When Ryan made the decision to retire it was much appreciated that he gave us this chance to continue on with the business. We would also like to thank our families and friends for the support and encouragement as we start this new chapter in our lives. We are also pleased to continue working with Marlene Wallace, a vital part of Ryan’s business and an ongoing valued part of our new business. We can still be reached at the same number and will continue business at the same address and also can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving all our customers’ needs, past, present and future. Thank you again to everyone that we may have missed but know that we appreciate all you have done to help us on our way. Hanna Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
Is the earth flat?
To the Editor: There is a worldwide discussion happening as to whether the earth is flat and stationary as the Bible indicates. Some questions should be answered before one writes off the flat earth belief as being nonsensical. How can planets and moons maintain an orbit for years and years when just a slight variance would cause them to quickly fly off into space or crash? With the moon supposedly creating the pull to create the tides, why does the moon not lose speed because of this drag? And if supposedly the sun has much greater gravitation pull than the moon so as to keep the earth from flying off into space, why does it not create massive tides as the earth’s oceans rotate towards or away from the sun on a daily basis? Why does the moon exhibit different traits than the sun if supposedly its light is a reflection of the sun? Moon light is cold, sunlight is hot. Moonlight aids in fermentation, sunlight is a disinfectant. Why can we see objects which supposedly should be hid behind the curve of the earth? For example, I have taken a picture with the camera flat on the ice and I can see the lake edge 3.7 miles away. The lake edge should be hidden behind 9 feet of earth curvature. Laverne Isaac Saskatoon, SK
Complaining and driving is not a crime
Face Book, Twitter, Instagram and the like are a breeding ground for a ton of information, most of it “misinformation”! If you pay some attention, you get the odd gem that falls pretty close to the “real life situation” we find ourselves in. Toward that, a little “gem of a video“ came up a couple of days ago on Face Book and I thought this is something your readership should really hear about (or this case, read about)! The Albertan in question is talking and driving while his camera is filming his rant! I know, I know, we don’t need everyone saying he shouldn’t be doing that while he’s driving. It’s no different than having your wife in the passenger seat talking to you while “you’re driving”. But I digress….. He makes a number of valid points, all the while posing the following question: WOULD YOU, AS AN INDEPENDENT ALBERTAN, CONSIDER AN OFFER BY THE “COUNTRY OF CANADA” TO JOIN THEIR CONFEDERATION with the following conditions: (and away we go). 1. We’ll let you participate in our elections but we’ll make sure the outcome is safely in hand before you even vote! 2. On top of that, we’ll take in excess of 15 billion of your dollars (per year) and spend it everywhere else in Canada but where you live. 3. Then we’ll boycott your products from selling anywhere else in Canada (yeah, that would be our oil). 4. Then we’ll make sure those products are also blocked from reaching international markets. NOW YOUR FREE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION! Yeah, me too. That would be a resounding NO! Canada provides Alberta very little if nothing at all. All infrastructure (roads, sewer, utilities etc)., we’ve already paid for. Canada contributes little if nothing at all to Alberta’s bottom line. Some more pertinent facts: Alberta, as a separate entity, would actually have a GDP of 2nd. in the world as compared to Canada’s current position at #19. Canada, without us, would fall to #21. Awwwww. On top of that, Quebec may cease to exist (*only kidding)! AMEN. Lastly, pensions and passports could finally be handled “at home”, (”not away”) along with myriad other necessities. Maybe, just maybe, the Albertans currently “standing up and being heard” are actually onto something? Ya’ think …….. ? Bobbie Norman Airdrie, AB