Your letters for March 10

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Why is the Flames GM not in the crosshairs?

Re: ‘It’s on the players to respond’ after change behind bench sends message, March 6

I want to address the elephant in the room regarding the recent hiring of Darryl Sutter as the new coach of the Calgary Flames. Five coaches in five years is ridiculous. When does the responsibility lie with GM Brad Treliving that he cannot hire the right coach, and perhaps a change in the GM is required instead?

Randy Jone, Calgary

No health upside to coal mining

Re: Coal mining: Where do we go from here?; Six proposed mines are already in various stages of development in the province, March 6

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass councillor Lisa Sygutek is quotedabout her perception that coal mining can be done safely, with modern regulation. She accuses mine opponents of ‘misinformation’. Unfortunately, it is Sygutek who is spreading misinformation.

Even a quick review of human health literature will show large numbers of scientific papers outlining serious, even fatal, impacts on human health from simply living near open-pit coal mines. In my recent review, I found over 30 papers by Dr. Michael Hendryx and his collaborators. Other authors are less prolific but reach similar conclusions.

I found virtually no scientific reports suggesting that living near a coal mine is safe for people, fish, or wildlife. Realistically, if you get sick, you do not care if it was the air you breathed or the water you drank that made you sick. You just want it cleaned up, or better, never messed up.

Allan Garbutt, Cowley

Conflict of interest for coal mine supporter

So Lisa Sygutek, a councillor for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass supports the expansion of coal mining in the region and her husband is an engineer for a Teck coal mine in B.C? No conflict of interest there?

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Sally Roenisch, Calgary

Tourism ad shocking

In February, the Canadian government declared China’s treatment of the Uighur minority as a genocide, and the U.S. is poised to do the same.

Yet, on Saturday, in the Herald is a full-page ad placed by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary inviting us to tour Xinjiang, “the Uyghur Autonomous Region”, promising plenty of touristy glimpses at Uyghur culture, written in poor English. They subjugate the people, then create a tourist industry around it that I am sure does not benefit the resident population and likely does a publicity whitewash of the culture.

I know the media is under huge economic pressure now, but sometimes morals must come before sales. I am disappointed in the Herald for publishing this ad.

The Chinese government must think all Canadians are naive, idiots and easy sales targets. I for one am not signing up for this or any other tour in China anytime soon.

Karen Levitt, Calgary

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