CAN’T HACK IT
were shunned, if any? Does Calgary have a single artist or a group of collaborating artists capable of leading a team that could accomplish something on a scale the city wanted? Did he make any effort to help his readers know about the calls for entry and voting of the council before the decisions were made? Did he interview the artist or any monumental public artist and find out how hard it is to make a thing that isn’t a building stand that tall safely, and wonder if that level of effort and planning might explain the cost? Some of that money went to construction crews, and all manner of local business, many of them probably small. Did he research any of that? Did he research the cost of permits the artist probably bought that paid for city inspectors to insure the safety of construction and longevity of the piece? That money stayed in town. Did he look into how art helps youth — and some youth in his city will grow up to be artists, some will want to make monumental public art, and seeing such pieces in their city will tell them that being an artist is a worthy occupation that employs others in grand endeavours.
LOU HORTON (Rick is not the city’s arts guru but he knows ugly and waste.)
It is time the governments of Canada stopped gouging us smokers! While tobacco smoke may irritate non-smokers, and may in some cases attribute to health issues, nicotine is not a killer! Proof being, I am 66 years old, and have smoked for over 55 years. I had the pleasure of smoking with an 87-year-old lady who was as normal as her 53-yearold daughter smoking with her. The government likes to put scare tactics on our cigarette packaging such as Barb Tarbox, who they claim died at age 44 from tobacco use. I am living proof, along with my 87-year-old lady friend, that that is a total lie. Barb Tarbox, along with all the teeth pictures, the lung pictures, the throat pictures, etc., are all propaganda for the governments to rape us smokers of our hard earned money. The majority of this country was built by people like me who had a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. It is