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Local MLAs need to do a better job

Imagine getting a great new job. Your clients have high hopes for you to perform well and meet their needs. Except you soon start ignoring their phone calls. They try to email you with questions about your products, but instead of answering customer queries, you just copy and paste the information in your company brochures as a response. Many questions go unanswered. They turn to your social media accounts for help, but you don’t want to address customer issues there either, so you just ignore them.
Your sales begin falling rapidly. Your customers are incredibly frustrated, so some of them even have to go to your competition to get answers to their product questions. Previously loyal customers see that the competition is serving them better than you are, so they switch brands. In any normal industry, you would have been let go from your position due to poor performance and terrible customer service long ago.
Sadly, we as customers/constituents are stuck with our MLAs, Nate Glubish and Jordan Walker for another two years until the next election though.
Are you both not embarrassed to completely ignore the needs and wishes of so many of your constituents? Are you not mortified how rapidly your seats have turned from solidly blue to orange as your approval rating has fallen in the toilet? Local residents did not sign on for such woeful representation. We are begging you — just talk to us. Hear us.
You are simply not doing the job you agreed to do, which is to represent the needs of your constituents. You can do better. Please wake up and start doing what you were elected to do.
Sarah Geisler, Sherwood Park

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Coal mining affects Edmontonians too

There may be some feeling that this is a southern Alberta issue. Metropolitan Edmonton citizens and all residents along the North Saskatchewan River should be aware that coal leases have been issued since May 2020 in the headwater regions of our water source.

We need to push the Alberta government to expand its consultation to include environmental and water concerns — without clean, drinkable water, how do we live?

Barbara Chapman, Sherwood Park

Calls for reforming long-term care ignored

I was appalled that our government would bow to the lobbying of the Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA) and introduce Bill 70.
As lawyer Mathew Farrell says, the bill is unconstitutional because it fails to protect vulnerable people and seniors.

Justice is needed for voiceless seniors. For years, many of our voices have been raised about reforms needed in the long-term care system, including by Tammy Leach, the former CEO of the ACCA (opinion column in The Edmonton Journal, Nov. 24, 2015). All these concerns were totally ignored by the long-term care operators and Alberta Health Services.

Now that the COVID situation has brought into the light all their deliberate failings, they are trying to manipulate the government into aiding them in avoiding justice for those they have wronged. If this bill is implemented, it will be a dark day for Alberta justice.
— Edward S. Redshaw, Edmonton

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