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Re. “City lags on fire equipment replacement,” April 16

So with another stunning lack of foresight, the city didn’t expect that inflation may affect the cost of repair and replacement of emergency vehicles. So now, if you are the unfortunate victim of a fire, grab the family photos, the hotdogs and the marshmallows.

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Premier Smith and Minister Nally have to clarify the intention to move liquor sales inside large grocery and convenience stores. This is a big shift from the current licensing model and will be the end of all independent standalone stores.

The current licensing system works for all consumers. The small liquor store owner contributes to the Alberta economy every day and the consumer benefits from competitive pricing and a large product selection. The mix of large and small players in the retail market seems to work perfectly and AGLC benefits from being the wholesale entity.

If Smith moves ahead with the current proposal, the sale of alcohol in Alberta will be 80 per cent in large retail stores like Safeway, Costco, and Sobeys in five years. Prices would rise dramatically due to lack of competition and many business owners will end up with an asset with no value after years of hard work and investment.

Leave a well-run and regulated system alone and focus your efforts on health care. Smith and Nally have devalued every liquor store with one careless statement in the media. Until this is resolved, stores have no market value.

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Albert Jenkins, Edmonton

Health-care ads ambiguous

I watched with interest the new ad sponsored by Alberta Health focusing on the upcoming changes to the way health care is delivered in the province. It features a crowded waiting room full of approximately 20 patients who slowly fade as the narrator speaks of improved health-care access, or improved access to primary providers (note they do not reference access to physicians), and finally access to continuing care.

Eventually, there are four or five patients left, and the narrator comments how it will be that much easier to now see waiting patients. Very reassuring, until at the end, a nurse walks past the remaining patients without looking. So I suppose the point of the ad is that it will be easier for staff to ignore four patients, than it was to ignore 20.

Jon Rossall, Edmonton

Hoping attacks don’t escalate

Israel threatens to retaliate for the missile and drone attack by Iran on April 13. Israel has played the victim. It talks as if the attack came for no reason. Now, if Canada had one of its embassies destroyed by missiles, with loss of six lives, would Canada retaliate against the perpetrator of the attack? I sure hope so.

How could Iran not react to an attack on its (sovereign territory) embassy? We all fervently hope that this round of hostilities does not escalate.

Charles Hitschfeld, Edmonton

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