Letters to the Edi­tor

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN -

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.

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