The case for com­pe­ti­tion, park­ing fees

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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

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