Thursday’s letters: Insulting province a poor strategy

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Dear Mayor Sohi, I think I may be able to teach you a few things about asking people for money. I would start by not telling the UCP government that they did a poor job handling COVID and that you (City of Edmonton) had a better handle on masking, et cetera, earlier in 2022. Insulting the hand that feeds is a poor strategy. Next time, try and put your liberal agenda aside and consider a more neutral approach.

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James Goddard, Edmonton

Turn Ring Houses land into historical tribute

In Sarah Carter’s “Return Ring House green space to Pâpâsces,” she presents an interesting way for the university to show leadership in amending an injustice done to the Indigenous people who lived on this land for thousands of years before any settlers arrived.

I propose a modification that could help us all understand the history of our province better. History is made up by many overlapping layers of events. All need to be told truthfully: the shameful and the honorable. What a great opportunity to turn “this proposed green space” into a cultural gem in the new national urban park where actual “truth and reconciliation” can happen with Indigenous and settler groups working together to share the story of how this part of Canada has evolved .

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We do need to learn more of the Indigenous way of life, of how together they made it possible for early fur traders and settlers to survive, how treaties were made and broken, how people like Henry Marshall Tory created a university that enabled progress. What an honorable way for the university to provide leadership by turning this green space into a lasting tribute to those who have shaped our province. Informed, future generations can then build on this rich foundation.

Lorene Turner, Edmonton

Snow removal needs a rethink

The gnashing of teeth on the subject of snow removal and its exorbitant costs invites an in-depth look at what the money is spent on. I see battalions of road graders working the streets at a snail’s pace, sculpting the windrows as if they were to become a permanent feature of our urban landscape. Productivity is apparently a pointless argument. Most of the graders are privately owned and come from the surrounding counties where they are employed in the summer maintaining the thousands of thousands of gravel roads. They are idle in the winter, except for our largesse, which appears to be a reward time spent instead of output.

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Who supervises and signs the time chits for these private operators? Is this not an opportunity to maximize revenue on their part? How is this whole operation audited and why are the grader operators prohibited from working at the usual road speeds these machines are capable of?

We own dozens of trucks, all equipped with under-chassis blades. These make a good speed and should be used much more and used as the snow is falling, not days after. It is time our managers did their job.

Emil Bizon, Edmonton

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