Your letters for Aug. 18

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(Imam) Syed Soharwardy, Founder, Islamic Supreme Council of Canada

More suggestions for back to school

Re: COVID-19 tests urged for teachers; Hinshaw pitches ‘voluntary’move before September return to school, Aug. 13

Why can’t half the children go in the morning and half in the afternoon? They probably only get a half-day of true schooling anyway. This could be easier on the parents’ scheduling. Maybe some parents could share jobs.

Barbara Stevenson, Calgary

Hail damage continues

Re: Government shouldn’t rescue underinsured homeowners, Opinion, Aug. 13

I am not sure where in the city Chris Nelson lives, but I guarantee it isn’t the northeast.

People here were already struggling because of the downturn and the impact of COVID-19. Many lost jobs or entire businesses. Imagine trying to figure out how to start over in the middle of a global pandemic while still paying the bills, and then having your home destroyed, too. The cost of repairs. The waiting for insurance to pick up the phone. The endless phone calls, policy haggling and repeated claim denials.

This is about more than being under-insured, as Nelson claims. Simply affording deductibles is going to be a challenge for most families. Jason Kenney promised he would help people and so far, he hasn’t lifted a finger. This is because he has friends in the insurance industry and he wants to keep them happy.

So Nelson can keep on blaming me and my neighbours for not having better insurance coverage. He can keep defending the poor, hard-done-by insurance companies. And he can keep making excuses for the premier.

My neighbours and I? We will just keep picking up the pieces.

Parmeet Singh, Calgary

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