Your letters for Feb. 9

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As Abraham Lincoln said, “If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.”

Paul Davison, Bellevue

Others getting vaccines faster

It is time the public was told exactly how Trudeau and his Liberals have completely mucked up the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out!  My brother in southern France (aged 75) was vaccinated 10 days ago. My ex-sister-in-law (aged 72) was vaccinated last week in the U.K. and friends (aged 65 or so) in southern California received their vaccines last week. Where is Canada’s plan?

And Calgary-based Providence (which is working on a COVID vaccine) not getting federal funds is pure politics before lives. We should move to Europe or California and take our taxes with us! Hopefully, this mess brings the Liberal government down.

Stephen Cobb, Calgary

Religion in schools important to many

Re: Schools should not segregate, Letter, Feb. 6

The existence of a separate, Catholic school board is not something that is “laughably arbitrary.” It stems from our becoming a province in 1905 when the right to have Catholic school boards was guaranteed by our constitution. Religious affiliation is neither laughable nor trivial.

When I applied for my first teaching position, it only made sense to teach in the religious environment I was familiar with. Being financially aware of the shortfalls of education funding, I’d like to see more co-operation between the boards to avoid unnecessary duplication. One building for two very different approaches to teaching probably wouldn’t work. Sharing buses should. The existence of two school systems is not and should not, in any way, be seen as some form of segregation.

Religious education, not just Catholic, is important for the majority of Albertans. It may be trivial for some, but it isn’t for me. Rather than equating Catholic education to school districts for left-handed or red-haired individuals, perhaps some readers should inform themselves about the true nature of Catholic education. It’s not all about money.

Gilles Rivard, Calgary

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