Your letters for Monday, April 9

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A legal product that some can’t consume

Re: “Council votes to ban consumption of pot in public,” April 6.

City council recently supported bylaws for using cannabis. They, and their public surveys, falsely make the comparison of regulating cannabis to that of both alcohol and tobacco.

As such, the restrictions on both will apply.

This effectively makes use anywhere illegal for many, and difficult for all. Alcohol may be consumed in licensed establishments, not in public, which is fair.

Tobacco may be consumed in public, not indoors, which is fair.

Provincial laws make cannabis consumption illegal in licensed establishments, and now council banning it in all public places leaves nowhere but one’s own home to consume the soon-to-be legal product.

However, landlords have the right to ban cannabis on their property, therefore making it illegal for renters to consume a legal product anywhere.

Legalizing possession and banning consumption of a product is certainly not progress and does not reduce the stigma or enforcement costs. 

Devin O’Neal, Calgary 

Separation is the only way to beat Ottawa

Re: “Ottawa’s new energy rules viewed as vague with open-ended timelines,” Feb. 14.
 
There seems little doubt that the Liberal government plans to strangle the energy industry in Saskatchewan, Alberta and northeastern B.C.
 
There is no mechanism within Confederation that will allow these provinces to resist this misguided environmental juggernaut.
 
Certainly, it is obvious that separation is the only viable solution. 

Dan Pomerleau, Calgary

Everything has a price

Re: “Don’t sell our history,” Editorial, April 3.
 
We could go one step further than renaming recreation facilities and have city councillors and the mayor wear the logos of corporate sponsors.
 
They could wear logos during council meetings like European sports teams do.

Perhaps we could have corporate sponsors for roads, too: Deerfoot Trail brought to you by your neighbourhood auto glass repair outlet.

There is room on the side of the blue, green and black carts for logos and more advertising.

Everything is for sale.

Kelly Cooper, Calgary

Just don’t call me a feminist

Re: “Fewer women are buying into Trudeau flim-flam,” Chris Nelson, Opinion, April 2.
 
 I am an 80-year-old female. I have been a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, wife, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, mother and grandmother. 
 
I also have a university degree in geology. I have done extensive field work with my co-workers under sometimes very rugged conditions and could keep up with everyone. 
 

What I am not is a feminist. I hate that word. It is so belittling.

Joanne L. Evenson, Turner Valley

Tally up the cost of accepting refugees

Re: “Rae: Suu Kyi not above the law,” April 4.
 
Former New Democrat and Liberal Bob Rae is now suggesting more refugees from Myanmar.
 
Could we get a financial statement on the cost of the last group of Syrian refugees.
 
It’s all well and good that our prime minister is trying to win a place at the UN or a Nobel Peace Prize at our expense.
 
John Brown, Calgary

Trudeau takes a page from Trump’s playbook

Re: “Trudeau blames Harper Tories for pipeline delays,” April 7.
 
It appears that our prime minister has been taking lessons from President Donald Trump on how to slam the administration he replaced, without first checking the facts.

Aircraft noise is getting worse

Re: “There’s no escaping airplane noise,” Letter, April 5.

I read the letter by Phil Kuzniak regarding airplane noise. I agree with him that there is no escaping it.  
 
We moved from the southeast 2 1/2 years ago to the northwest inner city. We escaped the noise for two years, five months and two weeks.
 
One of the reason we moved from the southeast was because of the airplane noise.
 
It has been horrible the past two weeks. Between 11 and 12 p.m. is the worst.  I am not sure what is going on. Are they flying lower now? Has there been a flight path change?  
 
We hope it doesn’t get any worse, because we do not want to move again.  
 
Ann Rice, Calgary

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