Letters, January 21 (and Hot Topic BONUS LETTERS): “And I don’t feel safe at home?”

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WHAT ABOUT MY SECURITY?
So here we go again. The council feels threatened by the citizens, so we have to solve the problem for them! In their wisdom they decided they needed a security system for their homes and they decided the citizens would pay for it. Their cost for a system is estimated at $8,000 for each house, multiplied by 14 councilors and the mayor, which is about $120,000 for installation and an additional $1,500 per month for monitoring, or $1,8000 per year. Now, me as a taxpayer, if I don’t feel safe in my house, will they give me money to protect me from crime in the city? I don’t think they will. Come on advisors, shake your head and pay for your own security if you feel you need it!
LEONARD MUTZENEEK
(Why, when the free money fountain takes care of that for them?)

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NOT BOLD
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already said enough with England’s ridiculous mask mandate. Unfortunately, submissive and submissive Albertans will likely still be wearing masks with their cowboy hats at the next Stampede.
LARRY CANTREL
(If they remember last year, yes! And good luck turning to Boris Johnson for COVID advice.)

IT’S ON US
I continue to be amazed at the generosity of Calgary taxpayers. Imagine how we just donated $120,000 to upgrade the private residences of Canada’s highest paid mayor and each of her 14 companions. Upgrading involves installing home security systems as protection against people who legally protest an issue while standing on the streets or on city-owned property. Just to prove that taxpayer generosity knows no bounds, we’ve also agreed to donate an additional $1,200/month or $18,000/year to monitor the systems. I wonder if the surveillance costs cease when one of the Magnificent 15 currently benefiting from taxpayer largesse no longer controls the taxpayer piggy bank? I was just asking?
TOM EASON
(Pure greed because they can.)

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COUGH, ANTI-VAXXERS
Simple solution to get people vaccinated. Alberta Health is expected to announce that starting March 1, anyone unvaccinated who ends up in hospital with COVID will not be covered and will have to pay for their own coverage. I think if you knew it would cost you around $25,000 or $75,000 if you ended up in ICU, you’d probably get the shot. Perhaps then the many operations that were canceled could be rescheduled. It would also save us taxpayers a lot of money.
AL EDEN
(And we would create a lifetime of hate.)

JUST DO BETTER
wow. How bad does your job have to be if you have to spend $8,000 plus $100 a month to protect yourself from the people you’re supposed to work for? Revolting. Maybe someone told them what happened to Marie Antoinette… This advice needs a long look in the mirror. They are doing a terrible job and need to start putting the interests of Calgarians ahead of their woke, self-centered and downright ridiculous ideas and agendas. If they feel they need protection from us “the unwashed masses”, it begs the question, what other stupid things are they planning?
RAY STEVENSON
(People are not amused.)

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HOT TOPIC BONUS LETTERS – ONLINE ONLY

So, so selfish
Heaven help us, now the taxpayers will be responsible for the safety of Silly Hall boobs. How can this happen? Most people don’t even know who these advisors are. And why is it even conceivable that good citizens have to pay for their paranoia. They all earn huge salaries paid by the people of Calgary who elected them and gave them their jobs. Pay it yourselves, selfish you-know-whats. Calgarians are already in so much debt trying to navigate day-to-day life due to the mess that is happening as we speak. Shame on Silly Hall, but sadly most of you don’t.
KEN UHREN
(People are talking.)

NO HELP AT ALL
Another stupid decision by the city council to vote for home security systems. How will this stop protesters from standing in front of their residence waving signs etc. The only one who might have a security reason is the advisor. Sean Chu, to keep tabs on those crazy leftists who want him gone! And Mr. Chu voted against spending the money.
DON HONEY CHURCH
(These attention-seeking protesters will only smile for the cameras.)

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DO YOUR WORK BETTER
The mayor and councilors vote in favor of free security systems. Of course they did. Also, if you look at those who voted up, it’s the usual motley crew… Nenshi light and his minions, aka follow the sheep. Always ready to point fingers or spend taxpayers’ money on a whim. Am I okay with them being harassed at home? Not at all. But at work and on the board, whether it’s open or closed meetings, etc., they need to be accountable for the decisions they make. Especially when it comes to freely spending money, most of which was pledged during election time, what not to do. If they want or seem to think they need said security, they should pay for it with their inflated wages, like any average Joe would. Enough. Why can they just vote to spend and waste money on a whim but now after one fiasco after another we as a city can’t vote for an overhaul to get rid of this team of useless clowns. Screwing up a done deal on the Flames, raising taxes, wasting taxpayers’ money, these are just the beginning of very long years that we all have to suffer.
MIKE HARDSTAFF
(A glorious start, isn’t it?)

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PAY IT YOURSELF
This letter is addressed to the mayor and councilors who have decided that Calgary taxpayers should pay for personal home security issues. Taxes collected from Calgarians are for City of Calgary issues and concerns and are not a piggy bank for personal business. Dig into your pocket and pay for any personal items or concerns out of the salary paid to you by Calgarians, including security of home and personal property.
LAEL PETERS
(Yeah.)

WELL OVERBOARD
Boy, this council and the mayor are sure of something. If you have a public job, I suppose you should already have a security system in your residence, but if you don’t, why is it my job to pay for it for you? And an allowance of $8,000? I have security at my house and all of this was installed for free by signing a monitoring contract. For all of you who voted for Mayor Jyoti Gondek, please take note not to spoil this next time.
DON ANDERSON
(Progressive spending, you don’t know.)

EXPENSIVE STUFF
Much more than protests! I’ve had over $50,000 worth of things broken into and stolen and it cost me well under $8,000 to get a full security system that would help prevent this from happening again and well under $100 a month for monitoring. What happens when they lose their seat?
GEORGES EWERT
(Good question because it can’t be more than four years from now.)

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