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Letters, June 13: Non-public trash assortment comes with prices

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Our neighbourhood is among the trial areas for personal assortment of black bins.

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The personal staff do a superb job, however the metropolis staff additionally did an excellent job. For town to justify privatization, it should lower your expenses. For the personal firm to make a revenue, there should be price reductions someplace.

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I think about the personal firm both pays its staff much less or offers fewer advantages or each. The town helps to push wage scales down.

The town brags about spending hundreds of thousands on offering low-income housing. However they’re serving to to create the necessity for low-income housing.

They will’t have it each methods.

Ernie Ooms, Calgary

Worth pedestrians over automobiles

Alongside Fairmount Drive S.E., there’s a painted pedestrian crossing that has been worn away to the purpose that hardly a fleck of white stays seen. So far as autos are involved, it not exists. Crossing the road right here at occasions necessitates ready for 30 automobiles to cross earlier than hurrying by a brief hole, hoping oncoming site visitors will sluggish or cease for you. To their credit score, they generally do. 

Not too long ago, I heard {that a} peace officer was stationed alongside a motorbike path at Edworthy Park to fantastic dashing bicyclists. In a metropolis that has acknowledged our local weather emergency, why is it that walkable and cyclable infrastructure is uncared for whereas important sources are being spent to fantastic (and subsequently, discourage) the usage of low-emission commuting options?

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This metropolis wants to significantly rethink its car-centric method and begin making an attempt to actively encourage types of transit that price it the least in the long run.

Mark Taylor, Calgary

Monarchy brings no profit, solely prices

I’m glad to see the continued dissatisfaction expressed within the Calgary Herald with Canada remaining a part of the monarchy and the identification of the related prices which have little, if any, advantages to Canadian taxpayers. If Barbados can minimize ties with the monarchy, we will too!

Concerning the June 9 article: GG treads flippantly on colonization, defaced statues, Mary Simon states that this is a matter that requires a lot dialogue ie: speak, however no motion. One factor we’ve got seen from the present GG is her potential to spend so much of taxpayer {dollars}. I solely hope that this challenge doesn’t require lavish international journeys!

John Bates, Calgary

Transit security take a look at bubble-wrapped

Calgary Metropolis Council launched a sneak peek on the ‘new-and-improved’ Calgary Transit system. Mayor Gondek was joined by a communications staff, Metropolis Corridor safety, transit and Calgary Metropolis law enforcement officials, and diverse media varieties.

Apparently, all went effectively throughout the four-block journey: no incendiary gadgets set off; no tried stabbings, robberies, or shootings; nobody requiring medical intervention for a drug overdose.

For a extra fulsome take a look at, would possibly I counsel the mayor and councillors journey, individually, at varied occasions of the day. Safety ought to preserve distance and anonymity so as to not compromise the pattern.

Let’s see how lengthy the improved-safety narrative lasts earlier than probably reassigning the 15 further sheriffs who’re at the moment “wanted elsewhere.”

Barbara Jessiman, Calgary

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