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Wednesday’s Letters: Pandemic Pets Need Commitment

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Animal shelters are experiencing more returning pets after COVID. Anyone who owns a long-time pet is not surprised by this news.

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When you brought this cute pup home at the start of COVID and walked, fed, spoiled, spent every moment with him, 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 this pup growing into an adult dog and what you would do when life returned to a more normal routine.

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

Don’t treat them like an object and drop them off at a safe haven, or even worse, just drop them off. Find a solution. This is a call to anyone considering getting a pet.

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Connie Oskoboiny, Edmonton

Health care needs oil revenue

Recently it was discovered that my diabetes meds weren’t doing their 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 took an appointment for two days and then canceled it because the doctor was away.

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

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And why aren’t more people talking about the loss of what made us all proud to be Canadians and Albertans?

Leif Gregersen, Edmonton

Bring back the waterfall from the high level bridge

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

Much of the infrastructure still remains in place. It was amazing to see this work of art every summer long weekend flowing down the High Level and watching 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 has been deactivated due to concerns about chlorinated water entering northern 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 it. We are, as you know, a City of Champions!

John D. Stobbe, Edmonton

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