What a nice story in the Herald. Amid all the turmoil in the world, it is heartening to read that Alfred Balm gave $200 per month to more than 100 Canadians who served in Holland.
Those have dwindled down to 1: Stanley Squires.
Thank you Mr. Squires, thank you Mr. Balm, thank you Calgary Herald.
Tim Meagher, Calgary
Logic lacking in pension plan
Premier Danielle Smith believes in the creation of an Alberta pension plan because Albertans contribute more and receive less from Ottawa. With that logic, we should create a system in Alberta for urban vs. rural sectors.
City dwellers earn more than rural folks, hence we contribute more and receive less with the proposed APP.
Yes, I know it is illogical — and so is an APP for the same reasons. The CPP is one of the best-run pension plans in the world. It’s my pension, not the Alberta government’s to play with. Our pension system is not broken so don’t try to fix it using a propaganda package that I’m paying for through my tax dollars. Spend that money on fixing the health-care system.
By the way, Fort McMurray has household income almost double that of Calgary and Edmonton, so maybe they should get an even better pension plan.
Harry Sambells, Calgary
Renewing a passport? Beware
I recently renewed my Canadian passport for another 10 years and dutifully checked the box to have my old passport returned to me. If you do not check the box, they will keep and destroy your old one.
When I received my new passport, the old one was not included and I was extremely irritated, because I had lovely proof of having been to Kenya and Tanzania, (trip of a lifetime) as well as Italy for my son’s wedding. This was a souvenir from those visits, and I was hoping to keep it.
I urge anyone applying for a renewed passport to not only check the box, but take photos of any pages you hope to keep.
Cindy Hall, Calgary
TikTok ban is a good start
Nepal is showing the lead in dealing with one of the curses of modern-day life by banning TikTok. This is a great start, and maybe it could extend it to all forms of (un)social media.
Nepal did this because of its effects on the young and to promote “social harmony.” Blocking it may be difficult, but it is a worthwhile approach to helping mostly young people spend their time more productively.
There are, of course, counter-arguments about freedom of speech, which are valid in some cases. But so little of the content is positive, productive or meaningful. Any restriction seems a backward step but, in this case, the good should outweigh the bad.
Turn off social media and turn on to real life. Go outside and smell the roses or go for a walk.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia