Wednesday’s Letters: Pandemic Pets Need Commitment

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Animal shelters are experiencing more pets being transferred after COVID. Anyone who has had a pet for a long time is not surprised by this news.

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When you took that cute puppy home at the onset of COVID and you walked, fed, pampered, spent every moment with them, did you think about the future? A future back to work, kids back to school, events that take the family away from home. And you couldn’t imagine that puppy becoming an adult dog and what you would do when life got back to a more normal routine.

Owning a pet is a lifelong commitment. Just as we would with our children, find a safe place for them while the family is back at work/school. Or find a good dog shelter. You loved that animal and they did what pets do best; they love you in return. They rely on you and they are confused because you have been their family for the past two years.

Don’t treat them like an object and drop them off at a shelter, or worse, just drop them off. Finding a solution. This is a plea for anyone considering getting a pet.

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Connie Oskoboiny, Edmonton

Healthcare needs oil revenue

It was recently discovered that my diabetes medication was not doing its job and I needed to see a doctor immediately. In the past week I’ve been to three clinics, two of which turned me down, and a third that made an appointment in two days and then canceled it because the doctor was absent.

Not only is it a concern that our medical system is overloaded, I also wonder if budget cuts and pressure on doctors is a carefully calculated step toward cultivating negative sentiment toward the current system to usher in more private health care. What happened to Alberta’s advantage? Why are we unable to better fund medical clinics and other forms of care when the price of gas is so high that our oil sands should be booming again?

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And why aren’t more people talking about losing what made us all proud to be Canadian and Albertan?

Leif Gregersen, Edmonton

Bring back the waterfall of the High Level Bridge

Now that the city has ideas and plans to fix the High Level Bridge, what a perfect time to find a way to return the Great Divide to the Edmonton River Valley.

Much of the infrastructure is still in place. It was great to see this piece of art flowing over the High Level every summer long weekend and people flocking to the river valley. Imagine seeing the Great Divide from the new Walterdale Bridge, the Edmonton riverboat or even the proposed Prairie Sky gondola.

A gift to Edmonton by former Edmonton artist Peter Lewis, the Great Divide was shut down due to concerns about chlorinated water heading north from Saskatchewan. There must be a way to bring back the Great Divide using river water and without harming the environment. With our local experts and engineers there is a way. Come on Edmontonians, we can do this. We are, as you know, a City of Champions!

John D. Stobbe, Edmonton

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