The case for competition, parking fees
The Editor, Re: Letters, August 31, ‘Why can’t you call us back?, C. Cleveland, Sept. 7, ’Slighting customers can be costly,’ Frank Pelaschuk;
Just as an addition to their findings with local plumbers, I too have had similar experiences with local plumbers.
I finally gave up and now am contacting out-of-town companies who not only call back but seem to be glad to get a job even if it is 40 kilometres away. Must be a plumber’s malaise in town, as I have had good experiences with other businesses and contractors in Alexandria. Maybe it is time for competition to move to town. Just a thought.
Re: ‘Hospital parking fee too steep,’ Sept. 7, W. Lewandowski;
Unfortunately our governments do not fully fund our hospitals.
This small fee for parking might be the difference in keeping this hospital open for us locals to use.
Consider the alternative -- going to Cornwall, higher parking fees, one and a half hours round trip and at best $10 in gas. Going to Ottawa -- even higher parking fees three times as much, two and a half hours round trip and probably $20 worth of gas.
Also consider the much shorter waiting time for emergency when compared to other hospitals. So taking all this into consideration we have it pretty good and should be glad that we have this hospital in our back yard. $5 is not too bad a price to pay.
W. Muller, Alexandria
People should calculate the extra costs of travelling to city hospitals