SHUT ’ER DOWN!
Despite everything we learned during the Spanish Flu about second waves, the country continues to eases more and more restrictions. Despite border closures, we still continue to see more and more Americans inside of Canada even though their COVID-19 numbers continue to grow at exponential numbers. I don’t know about anybody else but one of the things I realized during the first couple months of COVID is just how little I actually needed and was able to re-evaluate my priorities. As infection numbers continue to grow once again, I believe we need to slow back down and take stock. International flights need to stop as well as all borders dividing countries need to be closed except for cargo. There is no need to travel outside of your own country at this point in time. Schools do not need to reopen until numbers are under control and a vaccine is found. Stay safe and wear your damn mask.
(It is going to be a very interesting winter, the way things are going with this virus.)
LEANING LEFT? US?
You’re bought and paid for by the taxpayer paper is so left-leaning. I thought maybe you were coming around a little bit by your snippets about Trudeau ‘bad’ but in reality you’re just following the government narrative. You know what they say, fool me once, you won’t get a second chance. The arrogance of yourself to state that protests, sometimes in the thousands of people don’t seem to be a problem for COVID numbers rising, but having a couple of beers at a pub is the problem. Give your head a shake. This whole thing now is about power and control, I know it, you know it and so do any normal thinking Canadians, but you are just too cowardly to print both sides of the issue. Doing some checking, it is no wonder why newsprint and e-papers have serious decreases in revenue and readership. You might start getting some of that back if you started practising journalism instead of being a bought and paid-for drone. You may also want to use proper grammar and spellcheck apps, yours is atrocious. The Sun has gone downhill fast over the years and that is too bad. Multimedia can do a lot of good or a lot of bad to business. Please be cautious.
(Sorry, wrong number.)
HOW ABOUT THIS …
Wow, I just got smashed by my fellow conservatives in the Comment section after my last letter! I need to clarify my ideas on our health-care system. First thing I would say to the editor’s comment is let’s not use a pandemic as an excuse to give up. Meetings are far more simple now with Zoom and the less political leaders flying, the better, because we have all seen the corrupt expense reports. Second thing is we need to pay the doctors and nurses to entice them to be here. Now I need a hip replacement surgery that I can get next week in the States for $30,000 American … here is a two-year minimum wait. So is it not wise to let surgical business open here in Alberta? It costs $10,000 here and trust me there are surgeons out there that would love to come here and open to bang out 60 of these a day in a 10 surgeon practice! Business would be good for these guys, man, and they would be helping our huge backlog cause lots of us can afford the $10,000 as opposed to giving our American friends $30,000 and letting them steal our business!
(Equal access for all.)
I’m not opposed to mask-wearing, actually I find it eases the mind. What I’m opposed to are knee-jerk reactions from politicians who listen to “experts” without looking at all the information. I’m tired of hearing the term “expert” in today’s news reports. What makes anyone an expert? Who issues that particular qualification? According to the “experts’ at city hall, the mask bylaw will save us a lot of hardship. Let’s just look at how many past outbreaks it would have prevented. There were the most recent outbreaks at a few spin/exercise classes. Had this bylaw been in place earlier … oh wait, gyms and exercise classes are not part of the bylaw. Well at least that outbreak from FireNIce could have been contained … oh yah, bars are exempt as well. What about the outbreaks at hospitals and senior’s homes, surely those would have been prevented. Oh wait, when haven’t I seen footage of someone in those situations not wearing a mask? At least the hundreds of outbreaks that have occurred at the grocery stores could have been contained. Now that I think of it, I’m not sure I can recall any cases linked to a grocery store, which is odd since they’ve been open since this all started. There was a scare at T&T market in April, I guess this might have prevented that. Next time you see a report with an expert’s opinion, ask yourself: “who made them an expert?” I hope the “experts” come out to vote next year.
(If the expert is a health professional, we’re OK with hearing their advice. Politicians? Yeah, not so much!)
Anthony Furey cites a poll in his oped indicating that 70%+ of parents want schools to be reopened while only 40% of teachers want schools to be reopened. I agree with his position that the likely reason many teachers are okay with staying home is because they will get paid in any event. If we use logic and common sense, we can agree that teachers over the age of 65 or teachers with health issues have a legitimate reason for not wanting schools to reopen. Furey’s op-ed cites Quebec’s success with reopening schools. Additionally, there are many examples worldwide showing that children who have gone back to school have a very low COVID-19 infection rate and a negligible death rate and I obviously acknowledge that one is too many. Jason Kenney has stated he wants schools to reopen, which is a reasonable approach given the stats cited by Furey and the worldwide stats. Enter (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi, who has been able to have his way with city council for years. Nenshi is saying safety of children is paramount. Parents and Jason Kenney need to be aware. Once Nenshi gets on his high horse, there is no stopping him. Jason and parents need to get on top of this now if they want schools to reopen.
(Of course, parents want their kids back in school but it’s gotta be done right.)
WINTER FESTIVAL? REALLY?
Re: Chinook Blast. Why is Mayor Naheed Nenshi making such a big deal out of announcing something that will never happen. It certainly shouldn’t happen. Why is the city and the mayor wasting time and taxpayer money pushing this BS? Is he really that tone deaf? Apparently so. He is the big push behind cancelling everything this summer, including outdoor events, but now he sees (in his crystal ball, I guess) a COVID-free time this winter to have a six-week festival. Why will this be different than anything else he cancelled. Does his royal purpleness know something that no one else knows? He is the messiah, after all, so maybe that is the case. Is he using his superpowers to look into the future? Maybe he should just stop grandstanding for the upcoming election and worry about trying to run this city. I say trying because he has proven over and over and over again, that he is not even remotely capable of running anything. But there he is, gracing the pages of local print media, sporting his absolutely ineffective, stupid-looking purple mask that does not even come close to fitting him with its gaping sides and non-effective purple silk material, doing just that. Grandstanding. If he is going to insist on the wearing of masks in Calgary, maybe he should first learn how to properly wear one himself. He hasn’t got a clue about how masks are supposed to work. But then he is clueless about most things, so no surprise there. The election can’t come soon enough!
(So, not a fan?)
CAN HE DO THAT?
The almighty Mayor Naheed Nenshi has dictated that we all must wear masks in all public places starting this weekend. Is that even legal? I imagine he has the mandate to force people into submission when it comes to places like public transit and city-owned facilities, but private entities like grocery stores, private gyms and pubs? What right does the city have to tell these types of businesses how they can legally serve their clientele? As long as they pay their taxes and have the proper licences, the city’s end of it should stop there. If the province makes it law, that’s a horse of a different colour but a city council has, and should have, limited powers when it comes to the private sector. Even Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the lady truly in charge, says masks are just recommended, not mandatory. We live in a free society. If a company wants to refuse you from entering their business for any reason, that’s their prerogative. They should not have to be responsible for enforcing a bylaw because a bunch of wannabe leaders, they’re just high-ranking civil servants after all, say they have to!
(It’s a worldwide public health crisis.)
SAME OLD STORY
Here are my predictions. Firstly, J.T. and the WE scam will get swept under the rug and our Golden Boy will walk away free to keep screwing Canadians for three more years (Justin’s skin seems to have a Teflon coating that ensures nothing sticks to him). Scandal after scandal. Secondly, our wonderful Ward 2 Coun. Joe Magliocca will get a slap on the (wrist) and he will walk away freely and keep his job screwing Calgarians (at least until the next election). He will probably get re-elected with the sheer stupidity of dumb-as-a-bag-of -hammers Calgary voters. And my third point is Chesterslue Lake, what a great idea, make the Calgary dumb assess that no longer care about COVID and like to swim in dirty water with their kids, pay for their invasion. Sylvan Lake should be taking notice here and do the exact same thing, make the city invaders who don’t care about COVID19 pay and really jack up the rates up to reduce the sheer numbers of these fools who all “just have to been seen by others in their bathing suits” and obviously don’t seem to care about the sacrifices the rest of responsible Albertans have made to keep the curve down. We are going to have a second wave and it’s going to be a doozy!
(Chestermere going all B.C. on its Calgary neighbours won’t win it many friends here.)
BONUS LETTERS — ONLINE ONLY
LOOKING FOR TROUBLE
Zealot: a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals. Norma Dunning is a zealot! If this was her lifelong quest to change the Eskimo name that no one had a problem with for hundreds of years, she may want to add the secondary N-word, nuts, to her collection of names. The Eskimo name was derived around the year 1770 to describe the northern people. Eskimo meant either, “people who eat raw meat”, which they did, or, “a person who laces a snowshoe”, which they do. How was that a derogatory name back in the 1700s and today in the 21st century? Have we as a civilization really sunk this low in our search for argumentative crap?
After reading the Thursday Sun, I’ve come to the conclusion that Coun. Joe Magliocca is ready for the show. He doesn’t need to go the usual route through the Alberta Legislative Assembly. He can go straight to Ottawa where with a short course in (fleecing) the Canadian public, sponsored by Trudeau and Morneau, he will be well prepared for the Liberal cabinet. He may find leaving his wife in Calgary not to his liking but that can be quickly overcome by taking night classes from Patty Hajdu called How to Travel on the Taxpayers Dime. It’s a win-win for Ottawa and Calgary.
(The public is rightfully cynical.)
HAD IT COMING
Poor Joe, he couldn’t help himself. Mayor Naheed Nenshi was looking for him, Sean Chu or Jeromy Farkas to slip up so he could punish them for standing up to his questionable vision. Unfortunately, he didn’t learn from the master himself, Mayor Nenshi. Joe’s expenses were approximately $6,000. That’s a lot of food and drink. Every other council member only spent approximately $2,500. That also seems high for a three-day conference. We shouldn’t be surprised as many city hall employees are compensated in different ways with hope of influencing their decisions without crossing the line of perceived stealing. This mayor has no problem telling us he deserves to be the highest-paid mayor in Canada for 12 years; will receive three pensions when he leaves office and has a $100 million dollar slush fund to dole out to he sees fit, all while raising our taxes year over year Joe seems to have crossed this line and so has Naheed Nenshi. Three terms is enough for one person’s vision. Both should honourably decline to run in our next election.
(That’s likely not good enough with respect to Coun. Magliocca. And he totally brought this on himself.)