Letters to the Editor
to keep our gun range active. We had a range where members could enjoy shooting, and ENJOY, is the magic word. We often had what we called a Club Shoot, once and sometimes twice a year, which involved 8 to 9 events for Rim Fire and Centre Fire Rifles and Rim Fire and Centre Fire Handguns. This always turned out to be an enjoyable get together that lasted all day.
Today there is a very nice gun range facility, with 300 yards for rifle and a short, but usable handgun range. Now with the very high number of memberships, from anywhere, it’s become very regulated and not relaxing or enjoyable. Of course, the Canadian Firearms Officers add their own ideas to the regulations, and that is not the fault of the club executives. So, with the high number of memberships, the need for more stringent regulations are necessary. This does not create an enjoyable shooting session for me. Those who have not experienced the difference, do not know the difference.
I don’t know how many original members still use the range, I’m sure the odd one still does, and of course I’m not a member anymore. I’m very fortunate to have had the many years of enjoyable shooting, it’s just sad that the local Gun Club is gone. George Harder Editor’s Note: Good letter Mr. Harder. Thanks for writing. Dear Editor;
Carbon recently lost another unique character in Reg Trepanier a.k.a. as Reggie Rabbit.
He descended from a local railroad family and was a fixture in the community, going to school there and with his family’s support ran the Rabbit Hole restaurant and coffee shop. It was the local hangout for many years and I am convinced was the inspiration for Corner Gas. When I stopped for lunch, Reg, Marlis or Nancy would usually tell me what I wanted, saving the bother of a menu.
Every community has its cast of characters but Carbon had many more per capita and most ended up at the Rabbit Hole. At coffee we didn’t sit by age group, social status, religion or lack of, we sat by community, bushing (contact me if you don’t know) for some being part of the atmosphere.
In Reg’s later years he served the role of Town Crier, attending every function and dropping in on every place he was able to.
We attended Reg’s memorial lunch and were able to visit with many of Carbon’s future “old characters.” As usual the Carbon ladies lived up to their reputation of superb funeral lunches, and yes I had an egg salad sandwich, in fact I had two. Both excellent but the one with green onion in it set a new standard. My social life consists of doctors appointments and funerals. When the funeral is for someone my age or older, although sad, it can be a good part of life. At the doctor I get a prescription, requisition or referral, at Dear Editor;
Congratulations 100 years of the Drum Mail.
Growing up in Drumheller, we waited for the paper Wednesdays - rain, snow or shine, we got it in our home.
It was read from front to back, ads and all. This is how we planned our week - theatre, sports and very importantly, dancing at the Elks Hall. We all loved Bobby Hoy, Storch’s and of course Cliff Harvey’s Dance Band. This was when the older folks smoked inside and the men drank a tot or two outside or before the dance.
To have the Drum Mail paper route was so important. To collect the money was hard sometimes as money was not too plentiful. The standard answer on collection day was, ‘come back tonight, my husband will pay you’. Christmas was great - usually a tip or a candy or two.
The free ads to send in The Mail did prove to be a very bad experience for my one sister. It said, ‘Get your free chocolate and you will be so relaxed for the rest of your life’. Relaxed she was, sitting on the white thrown - Exlax it was!
Keep up the good paper. Maybe the Carbon Tax will disappear into the green hills of home, Drumheller. on your good old Respectfully yours, Mary Guterson Campbell
It angers me that your Government think they have the right to steal from me in the form of the carbon tax.
Taking my tax dollars from me and giving them back to someone else because their net income is less than mine is ridiculous. Just because my net is more than someone else’s has nothing to do with how much fuel I use. Your plan is nothing more than redistribution of wealth. I worked hard all my life and saved as much as possible in order that when I retired I might be able to live comfortably. Now you feel that you can steal my money and give it to someone else just because their net income is less. Your government is not progressive - it is regressive. You have no idea how bad you are running this Province into the dirt.
You may be educated but you are a fool. As I have stated before, CO2 is not a pollutant, which is what you have claimed, it is a natural element necessary to sustain life. That is a fact that students learn in grade school. If CO2 were really the problem you make it out to be, everyone should pay the same amount of tax on what they use, not get a rebate on some of it just because you want to buy votes for the next election.
Start being fair to all Albertans and treat them equally instead of picking out different sectors and penalizing them. Bill 6 was your first brutal penalty against a sector and you have continued to pick and choose whose the next in line for your ill thought out policies. Richard Preston