Letters, Sept. 23: ‘Hopefully the next mayor will listen to people’

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I have a question for Rick Bell to ask directly to Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Seeing as how the latest data shows that asymptomatic people are not highly contagious, when would the mandatory mask bylaws in both Calgary and province be lifted or rather just removed. It is creating a lot of anxiety and paranoia amongst Calgarians in general and puts individuals at risk of being unnecessarily scrutinized or judged. Enjoy your columns.
(Dr. Hinshaw did not impose a mask bylaw on Calgary. That’s the mayor and council. Alberta itself does not have a mandatory mask law.)

I am a little confused. I read about the RCMP shooting north of Edmonton and would really have liked some clarity. Did the man that was shot have a weapon? I feel that if he was brandishing a firearm, it would have been spattered all over the article and calls for more gun control would be loud. It seems as though if nothing was said that it leads me to believe he was not armed. If he was not armed, then why was he shot? Or is this all the facts that we’re given by the powers that be? I admit that I do not know the whole story but is that not the point of news if not to tell me the facts and not leave me with more questions then when I started? Kinda like this letter.
(In a perfect world, every story would be wrapped up with a pink bow. In reality, well the police don’t tell us — or you — as much as we’d like to know. And that is getting worse every day.)

Here’s what is wrong with the government in Ottawa — the Prime Minister’s Office (the PMO) is filled with unelected people who have way too much influence over Canadian politics and are not responsible to the electorate. The people serving as advisors to the prime minister, in the PMO, should be elected MPs. In this way, the Gerry Butts of the world would be kept in check.
(Those in the background must also be held accountable for their actions.)