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Areader shares her ex­pe­ri­ence of as­sist­ing in the Equador earth­quake af­ter­math.

Ed­i­tor The Drumheller Mail

Dear Ed­i­tor;

Dear peo­ple of the Rose­bud Val­ley. I just have a few com­ments to make con­cern­ing your let­ters (to The Mail in the May 18 edi­tion) against this race track pro­posal.

I so do agree with all your points against this de­ves­ta­tion of such a beau­ti­ful val­ley and all the wonderful flora, fawna and the pre­cious wan­der­ing creek.

The very best part of my drive to my old home of Drumheller is when I reach this part of the drive and can stop the car af­ter a 90 minute drive from High River. I al­ways roll down the win­dows and hear a mead­owlark singing, swal­lows build­ing nests and lots of beau­ti­ful deer and young fawns, hawks soar­ing and div­ing for mice.

Please Mr. Erick­son, De­bra McIsaac, do not stop your protest­ing. It’s for you all present and those who pi­o­neered this sacred place.

An­other ex­am­ple is - please don’t pave par­adise, we can’t eat ce­ment. Yours sin­cerely, Mary (Guter­son) Camp­bell

Ed­i­tor The Drumheller Mail

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I was look­ing at af­ter­math photos and ar­ti­cles of the Ec- uadorean earth­quake and came upon Pat Ko­lafa’s ar­ti­cle, ‘For­mer Drumheller Fam­ily Sur­vives Ecuador Earth­quake’ in your April 19, 2016 edi­tion.

I am a Cana­dian RN, cur­rently liv­ing in Van­cou­ver, who has been to Ecuador for the past four years on the CAMTA (Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Med­i­cal Teams Abroad) or­tho­pe­dic med­i­cal mis­sion in Quito, and trav­elled to the coast fol­low­ing this year’s mis­sion.

My friend Peggy Prodor of Ed­mon­ton, and I, flew to Manta and then went on to Puerto Lopez for post mis­sion R&R. While there we ex­pe­ri­enced a 5.6 earth­quake, which amounted to a few sec­onds of gen­tle shak­ing. It was very sober­ing to hear of the April 17 earth­quake, of much higher mag­ni­tude.

I am in­ter­ested to hear how peo­ple in Puerto Lopez and else­where on the coast, are do­ing a month af­ter this dis­as­ter. The ini­tial news is riv­et­ing and then we all get back to our lives and tend to for­get how the peo­ple that have gone through these dis­as­ters are cop­ing and sur­viv­ing.

I see in the ar­ti­cle that the two for­mer Drumheller res­i­dents, Su­san Neufeld and Paul Ber­tamini sug­gested that do­na­tions could be made to the Cana­dian Red Cross, Ecuadorean Earth­quake Re­lief. Thanks to them for their gen­eros­ity to their neigh­bors and thank you for print­ing this ar­ti­cle and con­nect­ing Cana­di­ans to the plight of oth­ers halfway around the world!

Sin­cerely, Kathy Bonitz RN

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