Wednesday’s letters: Pandemic pets need commitment

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Animal shelters experiencing more pets being turned over after COVID. Anyone who is a longtime pet owner is not surprised at this news.

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When you took that cute puppy home at the onset of COVID and you walked, fed, spoiled, spent every moment with them, did you think about the future? A future back at work, kids back at 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 returned 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 to work / school. Or, find a good doggy daycare. You have loved that animal and they have done what pets do best; they love you in return. They rely on you, and they are confused because for the past two years, you have been their family.

Don’t treat them like an object and drop them off at a shelter, or worse yet, just drop them off. Find a solution. This is a plea to anyone thinking of getting a pet.

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Connie Oskoboiny, Edmonton

Health care needs oil revenue

Recently, it was discovered my diabetes medication wasn’t doing its job and I needed to see a doctor immediately. In this past week, I have been to three clinics, two of which turned me away, and a third which made an appointment two days away then canceled it because the doctor was absent.

It not only concerns me that our medical system is overloaded, it also makes me wonder if cutbacks and pressure on doctors is a carefully calculated move towards breeding negative sentiment to the current system to help usher in more private health care. What happened to the Alberta advantage? Why are we not able to better fund medical clinics and other forms of care when the price of gas is so high our oilsands should be booming again?

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And why aren’t more people speaking out about the loss of what used to make all of us proud to be Canadian and Albertan?

Leif Gregersen, Edmonton

Bring back the High Level Bridge waterfall

With the city giving thoughts and plans to repair the High Level Bridge, what a perfect time to find a way to bring back the Great Divide to Edmonton’s river valley.

A lot of the infrastructure still remains in place. It was amazing to see this piece of art each summer long weekend flow over the High Level and watch people flock 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 turned off because of concerns around chlorinated water going into the North Saskatchewan. There must be a way to bring back the Great Divide using river water and not hurting 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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