Your letters for Sept. 4

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Why not go for broke?

$24 billion plus change for a deficit? $100 billion in debt? A united chorus of Albertans screaming about the (perceived or real) dangers of sending their kids back to school? Teachers feeling like proverbial cannon fodder standing at the front of an overcrowded classroom?

Let’s just go for broke. Toss an extra billion into public education and solve all the problems with overcrowding. Level the technological playing field for students. Let the myriad complex needs of today’s students be properly addressed. Imagine the immediate public health benefits!

We’re so far up the creek at this point that another billion isn’t really going to sink our canoe. Instead, we could have some of the most educated and prepared high school graduates in the world. Imagine the future tax revenue that such a population would bring to government coffers. Our GDP would be staggering. What a wonderful problem to have!

Of course, this would require some innovative, non-ideological and brave thinking on the part of the ruling political party. Sadly, I’m not going to hold my breath.

C Turnbull, Calgary

No reason to restrict live arts events

I have no issue with wearing a mask in confined public spaces. It is a simple courtesy that makes others feel more comfortable.
But I am questioning the ongoing prohibition against concerts and live theatre. According to the Herald, Alberta now tests an average of just over 11,000 people each day. The positive test rate is about 1.3 per cent. More importantly, there are fewer than 45 people in hospital and less than 10 in ICU. With these low numbers, is there any merit to continuing to devastate live arts in our province?No one is forcing you to attend an event if you do not feel safe, but many of us would like to return to these events. The restrictions cannot be justified by saying that there would be a lot of people in a confined space for a few hours. The airlines are back flying, and they have a lot of people in a confined space for longer periods of time.Philip E. Carr, Calgary

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