Letters, Dec. 3: Edmonton council risks taxpayers’ money, little reward

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Published Dec 03, 2023  •  Last updated 34 minutes ago  •  2 minute read

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So the city council spends millions of dollars on consultants and then doesn’t use their recommendations. The consultant report on the purchase of electric buses from Proterra was that it would be a high-risk venture, pointing out that the vendor was a start-up with no track record and had not provided a product to even be tested. Nevertheless, city council disregards this report and decides to gamble by buying 60 buses at $1.2 million each. Turns out the buses don’t work, and the Proterra company is now bankrupt. No problem for city council, though, as they can just increase property taxes to make up for their mistakes.

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DWAYNE SCHULTZ

(True — why hire consultants if you don’t follow their advice?)

PRAYER TRUMPS GUNS

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I cannot understand why the Edmonton Sun pays a vacuous, American windbag like Star Parker for editorial content. Reading her piece on “Fixing America’s broken culture” is about as enlightening as hearing Trump explaining economics. Want to fix American culture? Bring prayer/religion back into schools. That’s the ticket. That will put an end to the gun-loving nutbars that kill daily at a rate higher than anywhere else in the free world. It’s a complex issue and requires more than a few paragraphs of shallow thought.

BOB JAHRIG

(It may be complex, but the people campaigning against gun controls seem to include many of the people campaigning for prayer in schools.)

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WHO’S THE RACIST?

The fact that the Liberals are trying to “win favour” with the Muslim voters by trying to make the Tories look racist because Poilievre asked if the incident at the border was “terrorism” is absolutely incredible. From what I read Poilievre was asking about the terrorist attack at the border because the government and media had reported it as a possible terrorist attack, so Poilievre was just repeating it. If the Liberals are trying to slant this to make them look like the good guys, my first question is, how and why did the Liberals “assume” that Poilievre was talking about “Muslim Terrorism”. There is all kinds of “terrorism.  Poilievre just repeated media reports. It was the Liberals who immediately “assumed” Poilievre was talking about Muslims. I just wonder who the real “racists” are here?

MIKE SHAW

(Parliamentarians might want to avoid talking about ‘terrorism’ until investigators confirm terrorist involvement.)

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