Letters of January 9: The only way to end this pandemic is to resort to compulsory vaccinations

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Like most other humans, I am really tired of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Hospitals are filling up again, businesses are going bankrupt, family tensions are on the rise and public debt is exploding. Here is what the government should do. EVERYBODY needs to be vaccinated. Give people until July 1 to keep track of their immunization status. On July 1, all hospital patients with COVID 19 who are not vaccinated are transferred to large wards where beds are set up and staffed with healthcare professionals. All future hospital admissions for COVID 19 are transferred to COVID wards whether or not they are vaccinated. On July 1, all restrictions are removed from the company. I don’t want to be part of the 10th wave.


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Mike Tyrlik

(Since Premier Jason Kenney has spoken out against mandatory vaccinations, your idea is unlikely to happen in Alberta.)

When will this end

This pandemic seems to be like the Energizer bunny who likes to go on and on. It is quite normal for a virus to modify its code several times. However, this virus is the only one in history to be as closely monitored as it has been around the world. The virus is real. I’m not saying it’s wrong. The Spanish flu of 1918 may not have really ended. It could be the restart of this virus via the SARS 2 virus. I sure hope there will be an end to this pandemic. I have been told that every pandemic has an end. So I keep this hope for a better future for our old world.


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Lorne Vanderwoude

(We’ll get there… eventually.)


As a senior, I want to encourage others that even though COVID has taken control of our lives for almost two years now, we still have hope that it will one day end soon. Being a senior in the late 70s, I don’t know if it will be in my lifetime, but we all need to continue to encourage and love each other. I see families and friends being separated because some are vaccinated and some are not, which causes friction among many others. We must remember the good in all things and remember that we are all children of God and equally loved. As seniors we spend so much time alone now and we miss seeing and participating in activities, but that doesn’t stop us from getting up every day and believing it will be a good day and we remember and pray for others who are having a hard time and whose hope is lost. We have so much to be thankful for in our country. I encourage you all to hold on to the good and never give up. Remember we have a choice every day to be happy for so many blessings, this adversity with COVID will one day strengthen us all to be better, kinder, and more grateful to the people in our lives and those we meet. So grateful for everyone who serves us every day.


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(Beautifully said. Thank you and may your light always shine so bright.)


Re: letters, stop complaining: this constant blaming of teachers and their denigration as seen in Molly Kens letter is unnecessary. Molly accuses that “teachers have had weeks to prepare for this …” Further, stating that: “teachers have to do the job they are paid to do. Over the past two years, that’s what teachers have been doing: shifting from in-person learning to distance learning and back, constantly adapting to new COVID protocols and other guidelines coming from there. high. Teachers only have a few days’ notice to adjust their plans and ways of teaching, “not weeks” as Kens puts it. The province often gives little notice to boards, teachers, parents and students. All education stakeholders have asked for clear guidelines from the province, and not just teachers. Teachers are routinely blamed for school disruptions or refusal to work, even though they never even called for schools to be closed in the first place. Educators have little or no control over what goes on in the education system, as these are set by the province and school boards. The Werklund School of Education (2017) reports that “40% of new teachers in Alberta leave the profession within five years” and I can understand why with comments like Kens’.


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(COVID affects us all and makes us all cranky. Stay safe.)


Re: “Failed experiment”. The Alberta NDP constitution gives union leaders a percentage of the party leadership vote. The NDP is focused on satisfying union leaders, the real “elites”. Picking against the ruling party with healthcare and COVID is every opposition’s weak approach to winning votes. The NDP reportedly appealed to extremists in its party. The NDP seems very concerned about increasing taxes, but Notley does not mention any environmental taxes, which would also seriously affect people on low incomes. Entrepreneurs develop strategies to capture CO2 in order to make products that we already use. The independents, the common people, invented everything we use! About 96% of businesses in Alberta are small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. These are “real” people that an NDP government does not support. It seems that the “real” people Notley is referring to only have one union membership. The union leaders, the elites, are the people the NDP government supports. Honesty is a virtue that does not seem to be associated with any political party. Remember the new carbon tax in 2015! It would appear that the term used by the NDP is also a “failed experiment”, as Ms. Notley suggested. Notley is a very nice person, but we are not voting for a person in 2023. We are voting for a political party that has a specific philosophy. We have two years to start researching the constitutions and ideas of political parties. This should give us enough time to make a good voting decision for our next provincial election! Vote in 2023!


(Alberta has been there, done this. We won’t be going back. But we have to vote for a winner.)

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