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Spreading Christmas cheer

I would like to say Merry Christmas and a huge thank you to a special lady.
I was shopping at the Baseline Superstore and overhead snips of conversations around me. There was a young mother of a two-month-old ahead of me. From the interactions, I surmised that she could get a bonus of two poinsettia potted plants. As I was pulling on my gloves after packing my groceries, I stood to admire the rack of the bonus plants looking magnificent with their red flowers and green foliage.
What happened next floored me. The mother of the two-month-old picked one off the rack and asked me if I wanted it. Although I offered to pay her for it, she said she got it free and had no place for two plants. With that, she placed it in my cart and said, “Merry Christmas.”
There are so many big-hearted people in this world and I just wanted to say thank you once again to this lady who made my day.
Sabrina P. Heglund, Ardrossan


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Re: “Masks: It’s not about safety, it’s about compliance” written by Tyler Myler in The News’ Dec. 8 edition

Tyler Myler, your long and somewhat eloquent letter on not wearing a mask could well be your nomination for a Darwin Award. I hope you win, you truly deserve it.
 Ian Lavin, Strathcona County

Democracies need a little paternalism

In Canada and Alberta, we have laws to deal with drunk drivers.  When you drink and drive, you take on some risk to yourself and some risk to others — perhaps family and friends or a stranger. Our laws will punish you if you are caught. But if you ignore the rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we seem to have a hazy idea of what is right and wrong. And what are the punishments for behaviours that have the same consequences as drink driving?
I would suggest that Canada, the country of ”peace, order and good government,” is in truth, a limited democracy. While the rights of the individual are highly prized, the government with the general consent of the population can from time to time put restrictions on the behaviour of the individual.
Those who think they can act as a private citizen when it comes to flouting the guidelines of the government during pandemic should not then in their next (gasping) breath expect health care to be provided by the government. We, as children of democracy, all need, from time to time, to accept a little paternalism.
Doug Matheson, Edmonton

Re. “Our fresh-air gatherings were a form of therapy,” opinion column by Elise Stolte in The News’ Dec. 11 edition

Disappointed to read Elise Stolte’s negative commentary about the new COVID-19 restrictions. At this point with Alberta’s need to prioritize our health-care system, we don’t need to hear a Postmedia writer whine that she can’t wear her snow pants and enjoy the outdoors so she can get through the darkest days of winter.
What we do need to hear is how we all truly hope these newest restrictions will be helpful. We will learn of an end date once we all pull up our socks (and snow pants) and focus on the positives of these newest restrictions.
Sandy Sorensen, Edmonton

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