Wednesday’s letters: buildings shouldn’t be disposable

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I couldn’t agree more with Darrel Babuk’s letter “Buildings shouldn’t be disposable”. What will happen to the U of A and their claim of environmental sustainability? They have been engaged in demolition work that will intensify the load of the landfill and destroy our identity as a city.

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Now there are plans to demolish the century-old barn and Organic Growers Guild Garden on South Campus and replace it with tennis courts. The barn is a historically significant landmark in Edmonton, and the produce from the volunteer-run garden is donated to non-profit organizations that provide food to low-income homeless people.

It takes decades to build up organic soil. How is tennis more important to the U of A than our historical identity and feeding those in need? Will the tennis courts be open to underprivileged and hungry people to play what is widely considered an elite sport?

Will the university tell them it’s “really a sport for everyone?” If tennis courts need to be built (an expensive undertaking if the U of A is crying out for lack of money), build them in another nearby location.
Athletes should be able to take a short walk.

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Marlena Wyman

Pay the nurses what they’re worth

My partner has dementia and lives in a house. He was taken by ambulance to Gray Nuns Hospital for unresponsiveness for the past three days. Maybe signs of a mini-stroke. He sat in his wheelchair with his head hanging and unable to keep his eyes open. Several studies have been done and one factor that was discovered was that he has pneumonia. Hopefully he gets a CT scan, because pneumonia can’t be the cause of his unresponsiveness.

He has been in an emergency for five days now and it appears that he will not be moved to a room as there are no hospital rooms available with 21 people in front of him waiting for a room. I’m not sure if the cause of this can be attributed to COVID-19, but I suspect it contributed to this situation in some way.

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I must admit that the nursing care is excellent. These dedicated nurses should be well paid. There must be a review of the salaries of doctors and nurses that we cannot live without. Their dedication and care should be honored.

Laurene Park, Edmonton

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