Letters to the Editor
events and knowledge of the local resources. When the need arises, the process is locally activated and further levels are triggered as the situation indicates. If the process isn’t followed there will be duplication, inefficiency and chaos. Leaders must make the best decisions they can with information available at that time. In future, this event will be examined and analyzed, and the knowledge gained will be shared and applied to the next emergency response plan.
The images from Fort McMurray are heartbreaking: a police officer with no protective gear directing traffic amid falling embers and thick smoke during the evacuation, firefighters stretched out on a lawn trying to get a little rest. The fire chief reduced to tears. These people have not asked for praise or recognition, and they certainly should not have their efforts deemed a failure.
I have heard people complaining about government matching Red Cross donations with ‘our’ tax money. This is a long-recognized incentive to elicit financial donations from those who have the means to do so. By all means give to another charity if you would rather, or give to more than one - there is no limit. However, I cannot fathom how anyone would begrudge tax dollars being used to help our neighbours.
I have heard cruel comments about ‘karma’. Again: hurtful not helpful. Think before you speak – sometimes it’s okay to be silent.
It should be celebrated that 80,000 people safely exited the city through what must have been terrifying conditions. I can’t imagine. The inadequacy of Highway 63 has been acknowledged for decades, and the evacuation bottleneck provided further evidence, as does the tragic accident that took the only two lives that were lost.
There is a fine line between supporting people through trauma while bearing witness to their loss, without deteriorating into negativity and blame. Now is not the time to listen to under-informed bystanders who think they could have done a better job. Now is the time to start helping the evacuees look forward, and to provide constructive support in the long road ahead. Kristina Lauridsen Dear Editor; re: Badlands Motorsports Resort submits plans for county approval
How can one list the many ways this proposal is just plain wrong? I had written a longwinded comment that attempted to do just that. But it really just boils down to the main thrust of the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi”. They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot SPOT Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘Til it’s gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot They took all the trees And put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people A dollar and a half just to see ‘em Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘Til it’s gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot
Nobody needs this. Nobody wants this but the developer and their entitled associates. This is progress? Not if you care at all about the beauty and intrinsic worth of what is about to be destroyed. This is proposal vile and shameful. Paul Lassen Dear Editor,
As a kid, (I am in my early sixties) we used to climb on the hoodoos not realizing the damage that we were doing to the area and to the structures.
Of course, NOW we know better and there are Environmental laws and procedures in place to protect natural sites such as the hoodoos. I wonder why, conservation of natural grass and wetlands are not being taken into higher regard and consideration for this proposed $400 million resort and racetrack.
Is this development worth the total disregard for the natural habitat that is being destroyed forever? A person can drive around our country and see the archaeological remnants of old community racetracks left over from the 50 and 60s, barely recognizable if one doesn’t know that they are there but certainly the landscape has been changed forever.
From a business perspective, I wonder when a $400 million project would actually start to make enough money to make this project viable and sustainable into the foreseeable future.
When this ambitious plan falls through, half completed because of cost overruns or other unforeseeable circumstances or abandoned when the cost to run the facility is no longer viable, who will be held responsible for the destruction of the land and the rehabilitation of the land? The loss of this pristine valley land with its natural wet and grasslands is a loss to all Albertans not just Kneehill county residents. Sincerely, Debra McIsaac