Your letters of May 7

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Long-term solutions needed for floods and drought

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Subject: Construction begins on Calgary West Flood Mitigation Project May 5

It looks like climate change is going to present some challenges. We will cycle between floods and drought.

Building a dam that will temporarily hold back water during a flood will only solve half the problem. In the future, Calgary and southern Alberta will run out of water due to drought conditions. It is necessary to build structures capable of controlling flood conditions and retaining water for use in times of drought. The Springbank Dam is a good example. As the population grows, the problem will only get worse.

Retaining excess water during wet conditions will help during dry conditions which will certainly follow and likely increase due to climate change. It is time for the City of Calgary to act on this problem.

Dan Robinson, Calgary

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Refer the issue of abortion to individual states to decide

Re: “A Fundamental Change” in American Jurisprudence; The leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court raises fears that Abortion is only the first “fundamental right” to be targeted, on May 4

There is nothing in the US Constitution that defines abortion as a fundamental right. It’s not even mentioned. The annulment of Roe v. Wade does not cancel the right to abortion. What it does is send decisions about abortion laws back to their place, that is, to the legislative bodies of the country. The Supreme Court does not make laws, it merely interprets them.

There is already more than enough division and animosity in the United States without allowing Roe v. Wade to stir it up even more. Given the country’s cultural and ethnic diversity, it is best left to individual state legislatures to decide how to perform abortion.

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The people of New York should not impose their attitude on the people of Texas, and vice versa.

Peter meets in Mannistu, Calgary

Trump is just getting started – again

The impending and historic decision of the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and with it to deny all American women the right to abortion, and therefore the right to control their own bodies, is only further proof of Donald Trump’s pursuit and growth. conservative America.

Once his conservative forces take control (as they probably will) of both houses of Congress midterm later this year, and he or his stalwart supplicant returns to the Oval Office in 2024, it will be 2016 again- 2020. .

He and his team continue to turn public opinion in their favor by using deceptive and algorithmic social media feeds to strengthen his grip and his message to the millions of unsuspecting and pre-partisan masses who are calling major election states home. . He and his team have also secured massive voter suppression legislation in those states with Republican governors who support his agenda.

Now, all we are waiting for are more senseless, scruffy, flag-waving rallies to bring its polarized masses to victory.

Bob Mackan, Strathmore

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Playoff race could help Flames pay for arena

It’s good to see the Flames in the NHL playoffs. I hope they will play a lot of games here at home. They can funnel all that extra revenue into a privately funded arena and leave us, the taxpayers, alone.

Michael Jones, Calgary

The Catholic Church should sell land for reparations

For its actions in the residential schools, the Catholic Church has a financial responsibility towards the indigenous peoples. Their bishops have declared it. Fortunately, many churches have additional grounds. Saint-Esprit on 24th Street SW is an example. This land and other additional church lands could be sold to raise money for indigenous peoples.

To encourage this action, only land intended for religious buildings, parking lots and surrounding gardens should be exempt from tax. All other church land must be taxed.

Harry Stroud, Calgary

Downsides blamed for deaths

The Herald reports that 69 Albertans have died of COVID in the latest weekly reporting period.

That’s 10 Albertans a day sacrificed because some businesses, and the UCP government, don’t want to bother with requiring staff and customers to wear masks.

Mike Priaro, Calgary

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