Letters: Dec. 16: Parking scofflaws a security hazard at airport

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For these selecting up airport passengers, it isn’t tough to attend within the cellphone lot, then proceed to shortly choose up your ready companion. Disturbingly, folks have determined that ready on the passenger pickup level is simpler. Or higher but, parking at passenger pickup and going instantly into the terminal to seek for their companion.

On a latest evening, it wasn’t notably crowded however each passenger pickup spot at WestJet was occupied by a parked automobile, some with drivers, some with out, and no passengers had been being loaded. That is alleged to be pickup and go zone — no ready and no parking. We’ve passengers now strolling into the lanes of visitors to flag down their trip as a result of all of the passenger pickup spots are occupied with automobiles that aren’t loading. 

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The place is the parking attendant to implement the foundations? Somebody will get run over and, frankly, airport administration ought to be blamed together with our self-absorbed idle hogs.

Doug Welsh, Calgary

‘Common’ tax hikes don’t replicate actuality

Council made quite a few statements throughout final month’s funds deliberations that subsequent 12 months’s 7.8 per cent property tax enhance would solely quantity to $16 extra every month for the common family valued at $610,000.

We’ve lived in the identical southwest condominium for 20 years. Despite the fact that our condominium is assessed under $610,000, our new tax discover signifies that our month-to-month TIPP funds shall be rising in January by $31 a month.

Did council and metropolis administration know this was seemingly and, if that’s the case, had been they merely blissful to mislead taxpayers?

What number of different “common” households have seen their new month-to-month tax funds enhance by greater than the much-ballyhooed $16 a month?

Jim Williams, Calgary

Financial savings on gas tax smoke and mirrors

Re: Gasoline worth will rise 9 cents per litre on Jan. 1 as UCP reimposes tax, Dec. 14

I do know math is tough, however Premier Danielle Smith has introduced arithmetic to a brand new degree of complexity. An announcement from the UCP authorities states that by reimposing a 9 cent per litre provincial gasoline tax on Jan. 1, Albertans shall be saving 4 cents per litre. (Ed. observe: The total tax of 13 cents is being phased again in).

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With this logic, the affordability disaster is over and we are able to all return to consuming cake.

Rob Butler, Calgary

The issues of no-fault insurance coverage

No-fault auto insurance coverage is a ripoff to drivers and car house owners in Alberta who’re pressured, by regulation, to buy overpriced insurance coverage.

My spouse was lately rear-ended on a avenue in Purple Deer. She was not at fault and our automobile was nonetheless driveable. My pondering was that we’d swap car data, VINs, insurance coverage corporations, names, addresses, licence numbers, and many others. Then the insurance coverage firm for the particular person at fault would pay for the injury. But it surely doesn’t seem to work that manner anymore in Alberta.

Now we now have to contact our personal insurance coverage firm they usually pay for our injury, and the opposite insurance coverage firm will get off scot-free if the driving force at fault doesn’t make a declare. However it’ll present up as a declare in opposition to our insurance coverage, regardless that my spouse wasn’t at fault. And our premiums will seemingly enhance because of this.

Our insurance coverage firm wrote off our car regardless that the injury was minimal, repairable and the car was nonetheless very a lot driveable.

I assumed our insurance coverage firm was alleged to characterize our pursuits. Not the pursuits of the at-fault driver and their insurance coverage firm.

No-fault insurance coverage is a rip-off to shoppers and ought to be eradicated in Alberta.

Dale Stuart, Purple Deer

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