Letters, Oct. 13: Calgary Transit's failing grade

Letters, Oct. 13: Calgary Transit's failing grade

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So many failures of presidency forms come to thoughts when driving Calgary Transit nowadays. Their linear unfavorable considering erodes public confidence. It’s a standard failure of all public transit techniques. A route has an issue and ridership falls, so that you make the route worse and ridership falls once more. Ultimately, the route will get terminated.

A sensible authorities would ask what must be executed to extend ridership. Extra frequency, extra stops, expanded vary, extra neighborhood publicity, elimination of drug customers from the areas, improved security, connection timings — so many issues to think about however ignored. 

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Rampant drug use on the trains and platforms continues to plague customers. Using the practice after darkish may be very tense as aggressive drunks or drug-addled individuals invade your secure house. It’s so frequent that some individuals are getting desensitized. 

It’s unhappy as transit may be a lot extra and produce far-reaching advantages. In the actual world, we simply shake our heads and sigh. Weak individuals on transit are seniors, kids, disabled individuals, and now everybody else as a result of dangers.

Kevin Egan, Calgary

Simply bluster on bike bells

Re: Letter to the Editor, Oct. 11

Maybe Phillip Bass ought to get a listening to test earlier than encouraging bikers to ditch their bike bells and undertake the Fifties “squeeze-the-bulb” bike horn expertise.

Banning bike bells — what’s subsequent? Obligatory banana seats and monkey bars?

Rob Butler, Calgary

Higher therapy will retain well being employees

Re: Every thing’s greater in Texas — even its herd of Canadian well being employees, Opinion, Oct. 5

Dom Lucyk’s op-ed recycles an outdated story in regards to the variety of Canadian health-care employees practising within the U.S. however gives little greater than conjecture on the underlying causes. Docs and nurses left Alberta in droves after the abysmal therapy by the UCP from tearing up contracts with docs, to suggesting cuts in pay to nurses after tense and traumatizing experiences throughout the pandemic. These, greater than something, contribute to tense workplaces, burnout and staffing shortages.

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To counsel that increasing the usage of non-public clinics to supply extra option to employees can be a legendary outdated story. It ignores the truth that privatization exacerbates myriad issues with our health-care system. For-profit clinics value extra, worsen shortages and thus improve wait occasions.

Let’s put money into public well being care and make the most of extra single-entry fashions and “clean scheduling,” pioneered by Toronto’s College Community and the Institute for Hospital Optimization, which have confirmed outcomes. 

Mare Donly, Calgary

Name Hamas what they’re: terrorists

I turned to CBC Information this previous weekend for the newest on the battle in Israel. I watched in horror because the world realized of the atrocities dedicated by Hamas. Because it grew to become clear that a whole bunch of harmless Israeli civilians have been murdered, raped, maimed and brought hostage, I used to be dumbfounded to listen to CBC journalists stumble over their phrases as they struggled to name Hamas a militia group. Hamas is a terrorist group, labelled as such by the Canadian authorities in 2002.

Seems, CBC executives explicitly directed journalists to not consult with Hamas as terrorists. So Hamas is a militia now made up of militants?

Disgrace on CBC.

Nancy Forbes, Calgary

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