Your letters for April 30, 2022

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Pity the poor tourists who navigate Calgary’s roads

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Re: “Road sign confusion putting lives at risk,” George Brookman, Opinion, April 22

I am writing to encourage George Brookman to keep hammering away at the City of Calgary for its signage incompetence before, during and after road construction. What the people in the designated departments get away with is nothing short of criminal for the lack of clarity. Mr. Brookman pointed out two of the worst areas I’ve encountered. From 52 Avenue S.E. to Bowness in the N.W. the Stoney Trail signage is an indication that no one from the appropriate departments uses the roads they create. Heading west on Stoney to the city just be grateful if you don’t end up heading to Lethbridge and almost at Okotoks before you can reroute back to the city.

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I don’t know how many times I’ve commented to my wife, “Pity the tourists that come to enjoy and support our city.”

Long after construction is complete, the lanes are poorly marked with old painted lines intersecting each other or invisible a.k.a. Macleod Trail/Stoney Trail area.

If you need some humour, take Mr. Brookman’s analysis one step further and don’t just try to access Banff from Sarcee Trail N.W. but keep circling back to try all the different lanes. In one section you’ll encounter a traffic circle, several accesses to the same destination, broken (not solid) painted lines that arc and will make your eyes cross over as part of a maze of options. Oh, and don’t miss the two lanes that merge right under the overpass above.

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If the city couldn’t care less about us locals, at least accommodate our visitors. I’d volunteer to ride with our mayor and let her navigate the course.

Jim Rainkie, Calgary

It’s not the oaths that are the problem

Re: “Ministers should swear oath to Canada, not Queen,” Don Braid, News, April 27.

Columnist Don Braid’s disparaging remarks about the monarchy overlook the fact the royal couple’s visit to Canada is to be centred on meeting with Indigenous people and attempting reconciliation. That’s appropriate and commendable.

His comment about politicians pledging secrecy is a red herring. Public officials at all levels are required to keep confidences. It’s common, for instance, for some meetings to be held in camera, or behind closed doors. This is true in the corporate world as well.

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My concern isn’t that the oaths are rooted in archaic language; it’s that they are too often ignored by politicians during their time in office.

It doesn’t matter if they’re pledging allegiance to the Queen or Canadians in general — it’s pointless if they’re not going to honour the ideals.

And if Alberta can’t successfully update its school curriculum, good luck in coming up with a new oath of office for politicians. The left would have a heyday and render such proclamations more worthless than they are today.

David Marsden, Calgary

Education on police patch better than a ban

I would like to comment on the fiasco surrounding the Calgary police wearing the thin blue line as support for fellow officers. I have never heard of the thin blue line as a symbol of white supremacy nor has anyone I have talked to.

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I cannot believe that a few misinformed people can force the police to change a time-honoured tradition. With the recent first anniversary of Const. Harnett’s death, it seems in very poor taste to undermine those doing a difficult and often thankless job.

I’m thinking those who currently are dealing with Calgary Police Service have bigger problems to worry about than what is on the officer’s uniform. Perhaps educating those who find the symbol so offensive is a better solution. If the police commissioners have nothing more important to occupy their time, then I would suggest Calgary is in good hands with our police service.

Anne Greco, Calgary

Ring road a benefit

I wanted to pass along thanks for the Calgary ring road that reduces our daily commute to the hospital for my radiation treatments from many hours to minutes.

The ability to minimize the painful commute and receive more immediate treatment has been a blessing to not only myself, but to others in our community in need of similar treatment.

Jonathan Chapman, Calgary

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