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Times, they are a-changing

Re: Making sense of doctor pay, Letter, Sept. 12

The letter writer makes a case that, in 2015, Alberta’s per capita compensation for physicians and our average weekly income was the same dollar amount. So, sure, maybe we were not overpaying doctors relative to other provinces.  But this is 2020 and our economy is substantially different than it was. If we have less money going to our provincial coffers, do we still need to be paying public sectors the same as we were in 2015?

Marilee Sharpe, Calgary

Emergency dispatch not to be trifled with

The recent decision by Health Minister Tyler Shandro to consolidate the EMS dispatch system has prompted me to write. A recent emergency that resulted in an ambulance trip with a family member allowed me to speak with paramedics at length. In the words of one EMS staff member, “if they proceed with this change, people will die.”

In dealing with EMS, Calgary Police and hospital staff we were treated with the utmost respect and care. All of the frontline workers went above and beyond the call of duty. We need to treat these workers with that same respect and offer all the support we can.

This idea, as well as other recent decisions by our government to save money on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens and the workers who strive to protect us, are not only wrong, the decisions are dangerous. We should not allow this to happen.

Marilyn Jorgensen, Calgary

Better than bankruptcy

My experience in business suggests that smaller businesses, regardless of governance structure, must “grow or die” but grow in a carefully managed manner. Otherwise, debt, insufficient cash flow and/or changing consumer patterns will likely lead to death anyway.

So we may not be thrilled with the sale of MEC, but this outcome may be much better than bankruptcy and disappearing.

Don Smillie, Calgary

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