Let­ters to the Edi­tor

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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

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