Your letters for Dec. 7

Zoolights bring cheer

Kudos to the Calgary Zoo team which established an enlightening and fun display of Christmas lights. Four of us toured the grounds this week enjoying the various displays. The skating rink, children visiting Santa and firepits made the evening well worth the visit. Highly recommended for all ages!

Bruce Green, Calgary

 

Notley’s last act could be to institute sales tax

Alberta has had a one-trick-pony economy forever. Sadly, the pony has died and the economy has followed suit. Every economy needs an alternate source of revenue and it’s time to face the fact that we need a consumption tax, i.e., a sales tax. Look at places such as Sudbury, for example. When nickel died, so did Sudbury — along with many similar mining towns in Ontario.

If a province carries debt, its deficit grows and is not going to stop. The “Alberta Advantage” no longer exists so we all must start to face reality and pay for what we consume. Notley can scrap the carbon tax, but she must introduce a sales tax to compensate. It does not look as if she will be re-elected, so if she really cared about this province, as she leaves its helm she would do the tough thing and bring one in.

Nancy Marley-Clarke, Calgary

 

Rental fees and permits deemed a cold cash grab

Re: Licensing Airbnbs requires ‘a fine balance’, Dec. 3

Druh Farrel should perhaps expand on her claim that bringing in regulations for short-term rentals would help safeguard against parties. Her logic follows that nefarious renters would be turned away because…. an overpaid inspector once assessed the house? Let condo boards set their own regulations if residents are tired of people coming and going.

Why is the city proposing to collect fees to pay the two fire inspectors and two licence inspectors a total of $676,000 in salaries? That’s $168,000 each?

Let’s keep sticky hands out of the pockets of Calgarians trying to make ends meet or gasp, get ahead.

Jennifer Wiebe, Calgary

 

Two years adds up to overcrowded classrooms

Re: CBE seeks parents’ views to curb overcrowding, Dec. 5

The Calgary Board of Education says it’s a two-year engagement process to analyze data regarding overcrowding in classrooms. Are the analysts not capable of getting the job done in less time? That is two more years of compromised learning for students. That is two-thirds of their high school education.

Not only are our students performing poorly on Standardized Achievement Tests, the board is performing poorly in their duty to provide the best possible learning environment in a timely manner.

Joan Adams, Calgary

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