A squirrel tries to eat seed on a rodent-proof bird feeder.
Squirrel maniaWhat will it take for the city to understand that the native species of squirrels in Calgary are being pushed out by the invading black squirrels which have no predators and are destructive? Ask any Calgarian with a garden and it will be generally known that the problem is already out of control.Dennis Gordica, Calgary Opinions on both sides of the spectrumRe: Corbella tarnishes Herald’s reputation, Letter, Aug. 8Letter contributor Stefan Bildfell is disappointed because, in his opinion, Licia Corbella is a right-wing biased columnist. The Herald employs opinion writers from across the political spectrum. Take Don Braid for instance. I think Don was unabashedly pro-NDP during the Notley government but that is his opinion. I may disagree with Don, but I want to argue with him. This is how the Herald fosters good political debate.Does Mr. Bildfell think the Herald should only allow political opinion from those that share his views? Not only is that boring, it is also scary. All you have to do is visit a country that doesn’t allow differing political views to see why.Dan Petryk, Calgary Seemingly no rules but lots of risksRe: Curmudgeons are sometimes right, Letters, Aug. 3I love the new electric scooters. They are everywhere, you can leave them wherever you want, even on private property. No one cares. You can ride them on sidewalks, even in places where a skateboard isn’t allowed. No one cares. You can scare old people by whizzing by them. No one cares. You can carry two people on them. No one cares. You can drive them down the street, you’re not supposed to but… No one cares.In a car, you have to wear a seat belt, but on a scooter you don’t have to wear a helmet. No one cares. When you get hurt and go to the hospital, all Albertans pay for it through health-care premiums. No one cares. The guys renting them make money and the rest of us of pay for the health-care costs from the wrecks. No one cares.If you complain, you will be labelled a scooter denier. Everyone cares.Ian MacGregor, Calgary Photo radar only an issue if you speedWhile I applaud efforts to make photo radar more effective, I would love to see researchers investigate why so many consider it a ‘cash cow’.My brother and I have over 90 years of driving experience, we have never donated to this mythical creature or been pulled over for speeding. We do not want to die in some stupid accident or pay a fine when both are entirely preventable. I would also like those whining about said cow to confess how many times they have been caught breaking the law and what other methods they would create to enforce speed limits, especially on busy, multi-lane roads. Better yet, why don’t they grow up, accept responsibility for their behaviour and quit acting Trumpian.Bruce A. McFaul, Calgary