Police tacitly giving permission
Re: Hijab torn and woman beaten in racially motivated attack in Prince’s Island Park: Calgary police, March 22
As a United Church minister, a woman and a mother of an interracially adopted child, I am literally sick to my stomach of the racial violence happening in our city. I am exhausted that huge groups of “anti-maskers” a.k.a. white supremacists are allowed to march up and down our streets with no consequences. They are breaking a law that government instituted to keep our society healthy.
I strongly feel that by not ticketing or discouraging these anti-mask rallies, our police force is giving permission to these people to break the law. By continually allowing white supremacists to gather, our police force is not taking a stand against racism but adding to the problem. These gatherings need to come to an end now.
Kim Holmes-Younger, Hillhurst United Church
Police “respect” of anti-maskers wrong
To paraphrase a quote by Calgary police chief Mark Neufeld, Black Lives Matter protesters and white supremacist/anti-mask protesters have been handled with the “same level of respect” by the police service.
To my way of thinking, only one of these groups is breaking the law. Clearly, he doesn’t understand this, hence the continued tolerance of racism on our streets and in our society.
Donna Sigouin, Calgary
Should health care workers who decline shot get sick leave?
Re: Care home outbreak linked to vaccine-hesitant workers, March 21
It would be interesting to know whether or not the COVID-positive staff members from the Fanning Centre, who had declined immunization when it was offered to them, are getting paid sick time while they are home recovering.
Cathy Martin, Calgary
Different interpretations of Christianity
Re: Pastor who defied pandemic rules out of jail, March 23
After receiving what amounted to a slap on the wrist for defying COVID-19 public health orders, Pastor James Coates of the Edmonton-area GraceLife Church was unrepentant. Explaining why his church repeatedly held in-person services — a move that potentially endangered the health of hundreds of people — Coates said he was simply acting “in obedience with Jesus Christ.”
The good pastor and I must have gone to different Sunday schools. I was taught that Jesus healed the sick, rather than adding to their burdens. I’m sure Jesus would have been just fine with virtual church services.
Brian Bergman, Calgary
Blame to go around
It is plain to see that comments in the Letters about Health Minister Shandro bashing the feds on vaccine roll out and pharmaceuticals reaping profit are directly from left-wing-minded people who think the government should pay for everything.
The National Liberal Party of Quebec has been hounding the pharmaceutical issue since Pierre was in power and still hasn’t gotten it right. At least they could have increased capacity in Canada but they didn’t do that. Present-day Trudeau put all our eggs in the basket with the Chinese and had no backup plan, then tried to lay the blame on the Conservatives. That is why we’re in the predicament we are in with vaccines.
Al Mattoon, Airdrie
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