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The Prime Minister recently came under fire for sharing the stage with far-right artist Tucker Carlson. Danielle Smith was photographed at the time with Carlson and two other favorites of the liberal anti-anything movement, Jordan Peterson and Conrad Black.

You will remember Black, the tyrannical publisher who bought a British peerage, was convicted of crimes in the United States, imprisoned, had his Order of Canada revoked, and was later pardoned by Donald Trump. It’s like cleaning a dirty pot with a rotten rag.

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Carlson, whose persistent lies about cheating in the 2020 US election contributed to his firing from Fox News and cost his boss more than $780 million in defamation damages, sat down this week in Moscow for an interview with two hours with Vladimir Putin.. Clips from that interview show Carlson nodding fawningly and looking alternately embarrassed or preening.

This is the creature our Prime Minister laughed at on stage. An agitator whose only professional purpose is to foment outrage.

Is that your goal, Prime Minister?

To outrage gullible and frightened voters who abhor anything new, that smacks of justice or that might be useful to the majority of Albertans who don’t march to the beat of the UCP drum?

Tom Philp, Brooks

Residents deserve a say in rezoning

The Council may have the legislative right to rezone older neighborhoods, but it should not do so without holding local neighborhood plebiscites on the proposed rezoning. In most cases, the result would be NION, not in our neighborhood.

Public hearings are just a legislative excuse by a governing body to appease the affected public and are subject to many submissive interpretations.

They are not at all a yes or no type of feedback to the governing body.

Kurt J. Hansen, Calgary

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Improving traffic safety is an illusion

Re: Calgarians feel safer on public transportation, February 8

Residents are encouraged to believe that spending $15 million a year hiring more traffic safety officers is paying off.

But hidden toward the end of the article is the following statement: “Despite improved perceptions, almost half of respondents (49 per cent) said they avoid using Calgary Transit due to safety concerns, two percentage points more than the latest survey.”

The headline could just as easily have read: “Calgarians feel less safe on public transportation.”

Seventy-two percent of respondents say they feel safe riding the CTrain during the day, up from 67 percent in the previous survey. Both statistics are within the poll’s admitted margin of error of 4.4 percentage points, or slightly above.

Whether Calgarians feel safer on public transportation is a matter of public debate. What is not out of the question is that the city is adept at matching the spending of taxpayer dollars with measurable results.

David Marsden, Calgary

Not all children have supportive homes.

Subject: Parental consent is common sense, letter dated February 9

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Gary Allard wrote that he is having a hard time understanding the fuss. Having taught at the Calgary Board of Education since 1985, I can explain.

Allard said that during his children’s childhood, he and his wife were involved in their lives.

Unfortunately, a large number of children I have worked with do not come from supportive families where their parents are involved in their lives. These students find that their safe place is school and the sense of family created in a teacher’s classroom. Teachers often must take on the role of parent to these people, providing them with breakfast and lunch, warm clothing, shoes, and emotional security.

The uproar has to do with protecting and supporting these children, who sometimes choose to take their own lives.

Laurie Dolph, Calgary

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