Thursday’s letters: Icy gridlock a small price for environment?

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I’m stunned at the absence of unanimous acceptance for Edmonton’s new snow-clearing strategy, with bike lanes now prioritized in excess of even arterial streets. Make sure you comprehend that we all have to have to make modest sacrifices in purchase for our town officers to feel sufficiently virtuous though jetting to COP28 to celebrate their environmental stewardship.

This wintertime, while we idle our cars in icy gridlock, our hearts will fill with collective pleasure as we look at that lone bike owner zip by on a freshly cleared bicycle lane. Let’s also not consider the amplified air pollution ensuing from purposeful congestion-leading to actions these types of as badly timed lights, double purple lights through lower-targeted visitors periods, and weak snow clearing.

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Now let us all chant the mantra: “The LRT is a secure and efficient way to vacation and bicycle commuting in Edmonton winters is a practical selection.”

Daniel More challenging, Edmonton

Not every single house is supportive

Thankfully, through my educating career I did not generally have to fear about speaking college student information with their dad and mom. That currently being mentioned, there ended up a few unfortunate cases wherever if a university student essential support with their behaviour, that information and facts and the strategy we were being adhering to stayed in the university.

Some youngsters are living in a family that is not usually a protected and welcoming area. Potentially those concerned about mom and dad not becoming educated about their son’s or daughter’s questioning their sexual identity have to have to know that, sadly, not all learners dwell with a supportive relatives.

Mark Edwards, Edmonton

We should really be Canadians initially

Heritage Days is celebrating the place our ancestors came from. Canadians are Canadians first. We are not French Canadians, Chinese Canadians, et cetera (although it appears that is how it appears to be we describe ourselves). We are Canadians whose ancestors arrived from somewhere else a very long, extensive, prolonged time in the past.

Let’s not turn a celebration of our heritage into a war. We are much better than that. No just one condones what is going on in Europe.  The issue of Heritage Days is to celebrate all our ancestors who endured hardships below collectively, to make our place the most superb just one in the earth. We welcome everybody.

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God forbid there ought to be a different war somewhere else upcoming year and the region we Canadians really do not assist need to have our Canadians of that heritage banned from our festival. It would be tremendous wonderful if our Canadians of Ukrainian ancestry would lengthen a welcome to the Canadians of Russian ancestry. I repeat: We are all Canadians.

J.M. Bemount, Edmonton

Russian group need to converse out

In his column “Banning Russian Pavilion Would Set Bad Precedent, June 27, Mr. Gerein suggests that “it would be beneficial to listen to formal statements from area [Russian-Canadian] organizations” with regards to the condition in Ukraine. Certainly.

Since Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine above 16 months in the past, Edmontonians have heard practically nothing from these organizations. To quotation Plato, “Silence offers consent.”

Orest Soltykevych, Edmonton

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