Re: Streets aren’t for pedestrians, Letters, Aug. 15
I will use the sidewalks when it is safe and easy to do so, which is most of the time. But one example: The city has provided several wheelchair ramps on residential streets and one household chooses to position their garbage bins right at the ramp. If I am crossing to that sidewalk with my walker, I am forced to walk on the street to the next wheelchair ramp.
A second example: In winter, after an extended snow-chinook-freeze-chinook-freeze period, about one-quarter of the residential sidewalks are treacherous, as are the intersections that I have to cross to get to the next hopefully clear sidewalk. Falling is not an option — I have a good chance of breaking a hip. So walking on the street is my best choice.
Most drivers (except, perhaps, for the letter writer) move over, because they understand that it may be safer on the street.
Judy Obee, Calgary
Political spectrum not so clear
Re: Poilievre’s populism appeals because elites abandoned the working class, Opinion, Aug. 15
Tasha Kheiridden is only partially correct in saying that parties on the left have aligned with the elite and parties on the right have become the champions of the working class. The leftist parties remain the champions of labour unions, while there are plenty of conservatives who are knowledge workers and well off financially. The biggest polarization is actually between those working in the private sector and those working in the sector that is directly or indirectly dependent on taxpayer money. It is supporters of big government versus supporters of smaller government.
There is an interesting alignment in the Liberal party between a certain group of elites, often rich from inherited wealth (like Justin Trudeau), and the poorest people and also the minority groups in Canada. Does playing Robin Hood make them feel better? Do they feel guilty because they never had to worry about money?
Conservatives, on the other hand, who have earned their wealth from hard work, are much more likely to believe that the best way to help others is to teach them to help themselves and thereby develop self-pride.
Peter Mannistu, Calgary
Put moratorium on oil and gas projects
The one aspect of Danielle Smith’s six-month freeze on renewable energy projects that makes any sense is the need to assess and prioritize cleanup after renewable projects end. It would seem logical that abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells receive the same treatment.
Given the relative scale of cleanup needed, it would seem reasonable that the UCP should declare a unilateral moratorium on any new oil and gas work for, say, 20 years. That way, the existing cleanup, estimated at $260 billion, could be assessed and handled — without taxpayer incentives.
And, of course, there should be no prior consultation with the oil and gas industry, in keeping with this autocratic government’s approach.
Tom Kerwin, Calgary