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Letters: Stampede has let down metropolis's seniors

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I’ve lived in Calgary since 1975 and, aside from the pandemic years, I’ve solely missed going to the Stampede perhaps thrice. Within the early days, we have been a younger couple, then got here household and kiddie rides. Now we’re a senior couple who nonetheless take pleasure in wandering the grounds and the buildings.

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We’ve spent a whole lot (if not hundreds) of {dollars} on vastly overpriced meals, drink and admissions over time and have been thrilled to have free admission on seniors day. Nonetheless, all good issues come to an finish.

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The Stampede board mixed seniors day and group day on the identical day. Final 12 months it was so crowded we might hardly transfer. It was unimaginable to wander via the buildings and the halfway. We lasted one hour and got here house.

Sadly, we might have visited the Stampede for the final time.

Peter Whitehead, Calgary

CRA scandal deserves punishment

Re: CRA fires 20 workers over COVID profit claims; 600 extra below investigation as income company tries to uproot overpayments, July 4

They unlawfully took cash from me, from you and from each taxpayer in Canada. These CRA workers, tasked with administering CERB, both stole from or defrauded taxpayers and, therefore, the Authorities of Canada, their employer.

The standing rule within the felony justice system is that theft from an employer deserves jail upon conviction. Having the fox guard the henhouse is simply one other instance of the incompetence and corruption plaguing the federal authorities.

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These CRA workers who’ve dishonestly disadvantaged the federal government of its due mustn’t solely be fired, however prosecuted, and if convicted, jailed.

Should you or I did what they did, that will occur to us.

Mark Gottlieb, former Crown prosecutor, Calgary

Parks left lower than pristine

It was good to see the parks in and across the metropolis getting used for Canada Day lengthy weekend gatherings. What was not nice to see have been the napkins, bottle tops and numerous different types of rubbish left behind to blow within the wind.

The parks are for all to make use of and revel in. Please assist by doing all your half to maintain them pristine. Should you haul it in, haul it out.

Dave Grey, Calgary 

Pedestrians want to choose the right path

I do know there are a number of beefs between cyclists and automobiles, cyclists and pedestrians, however most of them might be averted if we persist with the foundations.

On Saturday alongside the riverfront, there have been many many pedestrians cluttering the bike paths when there was a strolling path — usually a nicer path — simply close by.

In Los Angeles, you might be fined for strolling on a motorcycle path and vice versa, which might be OK by me.

James Currie, Calgary