I used to be adamantly opposed to golf courses ever since working on Kananaskis park and seeing the destruction of wild spaces to make it available to hundreds more people solely for recreational purposes.
However, since being involved with a group that helped the Royal Mayfair get its certification by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf in 2014 and the many trips this entailed around the course, I have changed my tune.
Having seen foxes, coyotes, deer, myriad birds, porcupines, skunks, and squirrels living quite happily there, with little or no having to put up with humans, I am tending to see golf courses as wildlife refuges. This is reinforced by my husband’s tales of the wildlife he’s seen on golf courses here, up north, out east, and in the States.
I have never seen much in the way of wildlife in Hawrelak Park, aside from magpies, geese, and squirrels, at any time I’ve been down there — far too many people recreating.
There are more public than private golf courses within the Edmonton area, and I fail to understand why the Royal Mayfair is being singled out. Is it a case of “I see something someone else has, and I want it given to me too, without my having to work for it?”
J.A. Golub, Edmonton
Respect the workers at meetings
Re. “Staff harassed at some Bighorn meetings: NDP,” Jan. 10
I can attest that this has happened and I am sure that it still does given the entitled mentality of many in this province.
When I was a public servant attempting to consult with a local trappers’ group regarding land-use planning in northeastern Alberta some years ago, we had the experience of being verbally abused by a group of ATV users for daring to even float the idea that they might not always be able to ride their ATVs where they wanted, how they wanted and to leave the place in any condition they wanted.
It got so bad that that my co-worker and I found ourselves backed up against a wall while a couple of these people told us loudly that we weren’t “from here” so what right did we have to be doing this plan. (I was born, raised and still work in northeastern Alberta.)
The organizer and many trapper attendees felt compelled to apologize for the way we were treated by the people who had just hijacked their meeting.
They, at least, seemed to realize that we were just Albertans trying to do a job for Albertans.
Ken Yackimec, Lac la Biche
The drawbacks of wind power
Re. “Wind power can be stranded as easily as oil,” Opinion, Dec. 29
Nick Martin has written a concise analysis of why wind power must be a costly and inefficient means of generating electric power in Alberta, and then refuses to acknowledge the most reasonable conclusion of his analysis, which is that Alberta should not invest in wind power.
The only point in favour of establishing wind power is that wind turbines do not emit greenhouse gases. To defenders of wind power, this advantage overrules all the disadvantages, such as the inherent unreliability of wind, the cost of manufacturing and erecting the towers and the attenuations of quality of life that befall people who live near wind turbines.
If we applied Mr. Martin’s valuation of the benefits of wind power to ocean travel, we would now be investing in a fleet of sailing ships.
Ian Coleman, Edmonton
Calcium-chloride repair bills loom
Re. “Anti-icing claims fail to reassure,” Letters, Jan. 8
I agree with everything Mr. Stephen Chambers said about calcium chloride affecting our vehicles and concrete driveways and garage floors.
I just wonder what the city’s excuse will be when council comes to the money trough (taxpayers) looking for money to repair or replace city infrastructure and city vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles, and a myriad of other vehicles.
Perhaps city council thinks that everything associated with the city is immune to the effects of calcium chloride. Interestingly, the city has said that it is not spraying bridge decks as there is a concern about the effects of calcium chloride on the steel.
G.S. Bartosh, Edmonton
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