Letters, August 13: “Alberta needs Albertans to keep the police in Alberta”

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POLICE OURSELVES
Forgive me for being suspicious of the RCMP union poll that 55% of Albertans want to keep the RCMP. The time has come for Alberta to have its own police force, made up of Albertans. Albertans, through our tax dollars, have already paid for the equipment, vehicles and real estate used by the RCMP. Therefore, everything should be transferred to the Alberta Provincial Police. If Jason Kenney had implemented at least this recommendation from the Fair Deal Panel, he would have remained our UCP leader.
RON QUIGLEY
(We suggest that the OPP is not a concern for most people.)

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SEARCH YOUR SOULS
Subject: RIP FBI. Seriously? Orwell’s 1984 has nothing on you. How many Sun employees are three percenters? Or proud boys? Or another conspiracy theory, civil society hates marginal groups? You are certainly not on the side of democracy and civil society. Or is it just greed? It’s an irresponsible speech but hey, it sells! You should do some introspection.
DEB GARRIES
(Let it rest. It’s a man’s opinion and you choose to hurl insults?)

EASILY OFFENDED A LOT?
So that person who says they “want answers” ​​is offended by that white person who has the audacity to express concern for their culture, showing pride in who they are. I’m sure that person who “wants answers” will get to the bottom of this shameful act of hubris by someone who probably isn’t even gay! Obviously this person was born in this country, they don’t even identify as them or them or those. How dare she! All who are offended, go get them answers and get to the bottom of this blatant act of hubris, no matter what. I bet you are proud of yourself.
WILLIAM ILTON
(The times are changing.)

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WRONG NUMBER
Re: Blacklisted Alexander Graham Bell. The Monuments Board of Canada has blacklisted Alexander Graham Bell for opinions and ideas he had more than 150 years ago. Are you kidding me? The man died 100 years ago. It didn’t matter what he thought at the time. Moreover, it was probably the norm. They also blacklisted sites such as the Halifax Citadel and Crowsnest Pass for their links to colonialism and patriarchy. Do these people have nothing better to do than diminish our whole history. Let’s put in place a federal government that will eliminate this council for its offensive behavior and actions towards the history of our country. Enough is enough!
MOLLY KENS
(People have changed dramatically over the past 100 years.)

TOO POLITICAL
Re: ‘TEACHERS OFFSIDE’, letters, 12 Aug. It’s a shame what the ATA has become under Jason Schilling. It’s not about the kids anymore. It’s about politics. He should retire and run as an NDP candidate. Then he might see what Albertans (minus the golden pensions) think of him. The ATA was once the children’s champion. Now they are just another political pressure group. Just wait for the NDP campaign to start in the classroom – and teachers, don’t tell me that’s not happening.
RAY STEVENSON
(It’s a toxic relationship.)

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BONUS LETTER — ONLINE ONLY

WITH YOU COBBS
What a drag! I’m all about letting people have their own opinions, but this really got me hooked. Those haters hanging out in Cobbs Adventure Park for the adults-only drag night have to find some real problems to solve. I am an advocate for the disability community and lead programs for young girls. We have had so many visits to Cobbs over the years because of the way we are treated there. Our fondest memory was when Cobbs opened the park just for us, for my group of 20 girls including three young women in wheelchairs. There was an activity they couldn’t get to but instead of throwing a piece of plywood or closing the activity, Cobbs built a permanent ramp for my daughters. It’s still there now, a nice reminder of what Cobbs does for this community. The diversity of events that Cobbs has hosted, including adults-only events, is like any other venue seeking to provide tastes for all Calgarians. Telus Spark does and offers alcohol. OMG, the horror. Well, haters, I think Cobbs will thank you for the free publicity because now I’m going to the adults-only drag party at Cobbs just to spite you.
PENNY COLEMAN
(What happened to live and let live?)

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