Letters to the Editor
cerned about the expense of this project can take comfort in the fact that no tax dollars have been allocated to this whatsoever, merely a location granted for it to exist.
Tolerance is a virtue, and as your Council, we would be proud to say that our community is inclusive and tolerant. We should aspire to be those things, for the betterment of all. Respectfully submitted by Councillors Kristyne DeMott Jay Garbutt Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk Tony Lacher Fred Makowecki Tom Zariski Mayor Heather Colberg Best Regards, Negi Neeraja & Dhirender NN NEWS Dear Editor,
In reply to Mr. Tony Scott’s recent letter to you regarding the oil companies and how they are the ruination of Mother Earth for the coming generations. Well, Mr. Scott, I have another take on your scary story. Yes, I agree with some of your observations as I have seen a lot of our area treated with the disrespect of abandoned oil and gas wells. These, and not all oil companies, people have declared convenient bankruptcy and gone back to foreign lands and got away with this sham.
Now, my take on the benefits. Our generation, older, younger, and those to come have gained. Growing up in Drumheller in the 1950 - 1952 era, I saw with my own eyes and heard with my ears the very big discovery of oil and gas - what a boom it brought to Drumheller. Those of us who had a job could stay home in our valley instead of having to go to the big cities to work. The phones were ringing, hotels, restaurants, businesses were doing well and even the girls I worked with could save a little extra money to plan a wedding or have a baby.
Those ten business owners gave and gave to our town as they took a chance and invested - the bank manager breathed a sigh of relief.
Mr. Scott, do you not heat your home with gas, drive a car using fuel or are you still riding a horse and living solely off the land? You didn’t state that part.
My solution is to vote and to attend meetings to change Edmonton politicians and oh, please contact those fellows in Ottawa with a good solu-
As traditional forms of news come under increasing attack around the world—from corporate monolipization, government censorship and prosecution, and threats to the bodies of reporters themselves—the importance of The Drumheller Mail and local papers is magnified. So too is their responsibility. In an article titled “Local Oilfield Shows Positive Signs of Recovery,” Patrick Kolafa has reported on the state of the local resource exploitation industry. Fine, necessary to keep the local advertisers happy. But I beg you, please, cover both sides of the story. Along with the economic downturn, there are social costs to the resource industry. Numerous studies are emerging to document the link between resource extraction and increased rates of debt, domestic abuse, drug use and crime, but for anyone who has ever worked on the front lines, no study is needed to confirm what they already know. This is not to accuse anyone currently in the industry, or to demonize anyone who has experienced these moral crises, but rather, to point out that the opiod epidemic ravaging our valley - destroying the ones we love right now - has a direct link to the exploitation of our resources. Indeed, the oil and gas companies do not only exploit the land, but the workers as well. Profits over people. At a crucial juncture in the history of our valley, it is imperative on The Mail to cover both sides of the story, to give voice and perspective to what many of us already know and experience daily. Tony Scott, Drumheller