Friday’s letters: Skip the food-delivery apps

Friday’s letters: Skip the food-delivery apps
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Edmonton Journal

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Nov 06, 2020  •   •  3 minute read

EDMONTON, ALBERTA: OCTOBER 14, 2011 -- Amsale(left) and Paul Sumamo of Langano Skies restaurant. Photo taken in Edmonton, Alberta on October 14, 2011.  (Rick MacWilliam/EDMONTON JOURNAL)
Amsale(left) and Paul Sumamo of Langano Skies restaurant. File photo. Photo by Rick MacWilliam /Postmedia

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We are blessed in the Edmonton area to have many exceptional, family-run restaurants that have combined to make our city diverse and delicious. Our favourite for 16 years has been the award-winning Ethiopian restaurant, Langano Skies. The owners, Amsale and Paul, have supported Edmonton’s many festivals and are proven pillars in the community. They, like many other restaurant owners, are seeing their profits eroded by the convenience of Uber Eats and Skip The Dishes.

Please call your favourite restaurant directly, place an order and, if possible, pick it up yourself. Langano Skies has physically distanced dining-in options available as well. Not only do you support our Edmonton friends but you get a chance to thank them for being there for all of us when we most need our comfort foods to get us through these difficult times.

Patricia and Allan Gould, Edmonton

Wildcat strikes serve a purpose

Our grassroots citizens group advocates publicly funded and publicly administered health care, delivered in compliance with the Canada Health Act. Several of our executive members know a thing or two about the complexity of a health-care system and how to administer health-care services. Health care is an essential service and health care calls for a great deal of expertise and experience at all levels of the system.

Any disruption in the delivery of health care can have negative consequences, but disruptions call for analysis. Citizen protests and wildcat strikes serve a legitimate purpose when political leadership is outright authoritarian. Wildcat strikes are spontaneous, driven by pent-up frustration and fear of anticipated cutbacks in services at a time when health-care workers themselves are at risk on every shift during the worst health crisis in a century.

A major reduction in public health-care services not only affects universality, comprehensiveness and accessibility, but also causes suffering and the potential loss of life for some patients, as Albertans know well from cutbacks in health care during the 1990s.

Baldwin Reichwein, Whitemud Citizens for Public Health

Blue bags just another tax

Today, I received a note stuck to my blue garbage recycle box. The note said the city will not empty blue boxes after Nov. 20. I am to use a blue bag.

OK, blue bag. Costs about 15 cents each. That is about $7.80 per year. That is about the price of a cheap six-pack. Great news, in the time of the COVID shut-down, you take away another part of my coping strategy. Let’s see, you ask me to isolate and then take away my entertainment. That is real good civic leadership, thank you Mr. Mayor and council. Better chat with Ms. Hinshaw about that.

$7.80 is another sliver of my limited income. Just another sliver of my standard of living taken by an action of one level of government. First, it is Trudeau with the carbon tax then Kenney with toll roads, now Edmonton with blue-bag costs. My income has not gone up. Mr. Mayor would frown on me taking money from city hall. Where does it all end??

Jim Wood, Edmonton

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