Sunday, August 03, 2008


Another in a series of letters to the editor that didn't get published...

Susan Swartz writes a very moving article (Dents and scratches can be patched... Friday June 27, 2008. Sorry no link) about how things can easily fall apart, how we can lose faith and ignore the deep connections we make with things in our lives.

I agree wholeheartedly with her sentiment, but the observation I can't help make is informed by the news in the rest of the paper: high gas process, global warming, new carbon taxes. You see, the object of Ms Swartz's article is her car.

How can we expect to make any headway on any of the above mentioned issues if we are so attached, physically and emotionally, to one of the main culprits? Perhaps this is the first thing that needs to change.

I look forward to a similar article in the (hopefully not too distant) future where the topic of the writer's affection is a bicycle.

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Another in a series of letters to the editor that never got published...

Jeffery Simpson (Suppose Alberta had this huge surplus... Friday June 27, 2008) informs us of the surplus problems that Alberta will have as oil prices rise. This information, provincial revenues (and in this case, surpluses) rising as energy prices rise, seems to be accepted and unquestioned.

Maybe it's the fact that I don't have an economics background, but I just can't seem to get my head around this. If Alberta has too much of a surplus from high oil proces, why don't they cut their share of oil revenues? The price of gas will be lower for us, and they won't have such a big surplus to deal with.

I know the economics of oil is much more complicated, but I also know I won't be able to get the idea out of my head that I'm conrtibuting to the unmanagable Alberta surplus every time I fill up my gas tank.

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