Your letters for August 10, 2022

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$84 million signing shows how deep the Flames’ pockets are

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Re: Flames, Huberdeau agree to eight-year extension, Aug. 5

Signing one of the richest contracts in Flames history is another clear sign that they are a wealthy organization that can easily afford to build a new arena without the help of taxpayers.

This eight-year, $84 million commitment is also a clear sign that the city can shut down the council arena committee since it’s obvious this group was never needed in the first place. I’m looking forward to seeing the new arena that the Flames build, pay for, and pay taxes on.

Mike Jones Calgary

More police means more speed checks

Re: Collaborative approach is key to tackling downtown clutter; There is much more work to be done as we strive to collectively address this social issue, Opinion, June 25.

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I live in a high-rise condo overlooking the Shaganappi Golf Course and the Bow Trail. Mayor Jyoti Gondek is suggesting additional funding for the police commission to put “more boots on the ground” to keep streets safer.

I’m all for safer streets and appreciate the work police do, but I question the need for “more boots on the ground” when I regularly see up to three pairs of boots at once, catching drivers hiding behind the LRT structure on Bow Trail next to the golf course.

If “more boots on the ground” are needed, how about relocating the ones you already have? There are no pedestrians crossing this stretch of the Bow Trail and there are no playgrounds or schools, so the safety issue is negligible. In my opinion, this is nothing more than a money grab by the Calgary Police Service.

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I’m sorry, but the “more boots on the ground” request doesn’t work when I see this. Redeploy the ones you already have. By the way, I wrote this very letter about five years ago. It seems that nothing has changed.

Diane Chomik, Calgary

Do not buy what the UCP sells

Many critics in this province question the substantial additional payment to Dr. Deena Hinshaw for her services in recent years. Both current and former finance ministers say they knew nothing and did not approve of this. Former cabinet ministers running for prime minister also claim no knowledge of this transaction.

Finance Minister Jason Nixon now says the public service should not have the ability in future to approve such increases.

You have to ask who is looking after the chicken coop. Is the public service making these kinds of financial decisions instead of the Department of Finance? What other financial decisions affecting Alberta taxpayers will we hear about that haven’t been approved by the finance minister or his department?

Such disclosure by this current government is truly unbelievable.

J. G. Gilmour, Calgary

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