A City of Edmonton truck applies a calcium chloride anti-icing solution to the road in February 2018.
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Re. “Residents call for end to calcium chloride use,” June 27After hearing from scientists, auto mechanics and hundreds of irate citizens about the damage from de-icing solution, I am flabbergasted that the city bureaucracy has the gall to basically ignore the facts and continue to push their ideology and agenda on to council.In the past two years, my smooth concrete garage floor now looks like a stippled ceiling under my vehicle, and I had a costly $1,700 underbody repair which my mechanic attributed to sudden rusting of my undercarriage.We simply don’t have the time or the opportunity every few days in the winter to get an underbody car wash as suggested by the deputy city manager. He seems to think we should all go to the car wash after work when our vehicles are saturated with this de-icer. How do you handle 40 or 50 thousand vehicles every day in only a dozen or so expensive car washes that can spray the underbody of vehicles?The cost of repairs to our vehicles and our concrete infrastructure by the continued use of this chemical will be enormous. But the bureaucrats could not care less. They are the smartest guys in the room.Bruce Wilson, EdmontonDNA database of all Albertans?Re. “Superlab cancellation means subpar resources,” Opinion, June 26Most interesting that ”every baby born in Alberta is screened for 21 treatable inheritable disorders in the Newborn Metabolic Screening (NMS) Laboratory.”Even more interesting would be to know exactly what is the ultimate fate of the samples and this data.Are these samples preserved? Perhaps one day they may be subjected to further testing? Think of the possibilities: A DNA bank containing the DNA of everyone born in the province of Alberta. Making this accessible to law enforcement would be a major help in solving crimes that had DNA available. Just a thought.Edward S. Redshaw, EdmontonGenocide is the right termSome people in Canada are upset the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Inquiry (MMIWI) final report used the term genocide. One of them is Andrew Scheer. He says it isn’t.What would you call stealing children and putting them into church-run residential schools? Schools where abuse and rape were commonplace. All those kids came out messed up, likely with PTSD, anxiety, and depression.Do you wonder why you see First Nations people living in poverty? Struggling with addictions and dysfunctional families? I’ll bet none of us would do any better. Who suffers the most? Women and girls.If that isn’t genocide, I don’t know what is.If the MMIWI is going to mean anything, we need to stand up to people who try to diminish this and tell them how wrong that is. It only adds another grievous insult to a terrible wound.Genocide is exactly the correct term. I just hope they don’t judge all of us the way that we’ve judged them.Mark Lindberg, CamroseOil-by-rail deal misuses public moneyRe. “Crude-by-rail numbers about as clear as mud,” Keith Gerein, June 27I felt betrayed by the Notley government when this ill-advised plan was announced. The deal was likely the most expensive misuse of public funding in Alberta history.Notley’s explanation that the deal was profitable only makes sense if you think that providing most of this funding for corporate profit is an appropriate use of public resources. I don’t.Terry Anderson, EdmontonKenney should apologizeAs a proud, long-time Alberta citizen, I am very appalled and annoyed about Premier Kenney’s disrespectful, unethical, intentional handing-out of earplugs to his UCP MLAs during the pivotal, important evening legislative debate on Bill 9.Not only was his deplorable, intentional act disrespectful to the Alberta democratic legislative debate process but it was also abominably disrespectful to the NDP MLAs, to all Alberta government and public-sector workers, and to all Albertans like myself.Premier Kenney ought to right now give the aforementioned wrongfully disrespected parties a prompt, profoundly contrite, sincere public apology.Judy Hageman, EdmontonLetters welcomeWe invite you to write letters to the editor. A maximum of 150 words is preferred. Letters must carry a first and last name, or two initials and a last name, and include an address and daytime telephone number. All letters are subject to editing. We don’t publish letters addressed to others or sent to other publications. Email: email@example.com