Letters to the Editor
years ago me lting away and leaving it s moraine. In dy - ing it c alved a small ic e berg which la y ne xt t o t he dy - ing ice shield. A s the little ice b erg me lted away it lef t its ow n alluv ial mound sur - rounded by ic e-melt p onds that were unable to flow into the Ro sebud R iver. The se ponds b ecame home t o ancient microbial life that created we tlands a s a f oundation f or t he emer ging f ood chain. L ife slowly r eturned to the v alley. The s cars lef t by the g reat ice cap b ecame covered by the verdure of the valley, and fauna returned.
In t he c enturies t hat f ollowed, nomadic p eoples traversed this land. This w as a treasured plac e, a w intering ground providing protection from t he ra vaging st orms that s wept t he prair ie. I t was an oasis in the summers of dr ought. I t a bounded in wildlife. The sit e is cr ossed by hist oric trails , ye t t o b e fully investigated, seen in air photo interpretations. E vidence of pr e-settlement lif e abounds. W ildlife sp ecies that lived here centuries ago still live her e. Cer tain wildlife sp ecies c an b e highly adaptive. Falcons can nest on high rises in C algary. S wallows ha ve b een ob served t o nest in un usual plac es. But this tr easured fie ld c annot migrate to new habitat. This rare glim pse in to t he p ast 10,000 ye ars of Alb erta hi story c annot b e r elocated or replicated.
Such a rar e treasure, lying in a valley in the heart of the Canadian Badlands, needs to be protected for generations to come. I t is a plac e of s erenity, vulnerable to the forces of mo dern e xploitation. To not ac t a s a pr otector of such a treasure is to do a disservice to future generations and to nature itself. Sincerely, LaVerne Erickson Dear Editor, •••
I read with interest the column about the Badlands Development and t he concerns from Wendy Clark as well as the comments from Laverne Erickson. Although, t his a small issue when c omparing it w ith an issue such a s glob al w arming, I believe there is similarity between the two.
We, a sas ociety, ha ve learned t hrough m uch tr ial and er ror t hat we ne ed t o take c are of our en vironment. We had a pr ovincial government t hat tr ied t o promote the Oil Sands as being environmentally friendly, however it t ook this current Premier to make a stand and bring in policies to show the world that Alberta is moving toward “Greener” en vironmental policies.
So we can say, that historically t he p eople who immigrated to this country, made a liv ing by using t his land screwed up t he e cosystem and therefore we c an justify that a racetrack can be developed in an eco-sensitive area because the land has already been us ed and a bused by people?
Or c an we sa y, t hat we need to work to make sure that these areas stay in their natural environment, to preserve them and make a commitment not t o de velop on these lands for the sake of the many species of animals, mammals and birds that live there? And f or future generations of Albertans who may have the opportunity to learn about these natural areas. L et us le arn f rom our mis - takes, not continue to repeat them. Sincerely, Debra McIsaac Dear Editor, Coming from work this morning, I w as stopped at the traffic light on t he corner of 2nd Street W and 3r d Avenue (the Valley P laza c orner) when a p olice c ar wen t dr iving by along 3r d A venue (w ith t he green light) and the officer was talking on his phone. Ar e we to a ssume t hat p olice offic ers are le ss subj ect t o distrac ted driving than the rest of us? Sincerely, Gilles Danis Drumheller, AB Editor’s note: There are provisions under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act that authorize police to use their phones for the scope of their work.