Thanks for providing light during the darkness of the pandemic
Kudo to the county for the wonderful display of Christmas lights around Broadmoor Lake and to the crew that installed them. It was a great distraction from the COVID isolation and the short dark days of December and January. We walked there many times along with families, kids and dogs. It’s interesting how many people in Sherwood Park have a dog.
The ice oval (behind Salisbury Composite) is also very popular and obviously appreciated by skaters of all ages.
I especially enjoyed the tree in front of Festival Place with the lights keeping time to the music from a local radio station. Thanks again.
— Jean Lang, Sherwood Park
“The Pointe: Multi-Purpose Ag Facility rebranded” in The News’ Jan. 22 edition
I am completely against this MPAF. A few hobbyists are living their dream and us taxpayers will ve on the hook. It is expected to generate more than $33 million to the local economy in its first five years. I sure hope these hobbyists will be covering any shortfalls lol. I do not agree with my tax dollars being spent on this dream, that will turn nightmare, you just watch.
— Dale Denis, Strathcona County
Do you see me?
I wrote this poem yesterday after seeing a homeless guy on the streets on Sherwood Park by the Superstore intersection (Baseline Road and Sherwood Drive). I’ve seen him a lot in January and I wrote this after myself and my kids put some cash in his hands. I wrote from what I think his perspective would be.
Do you see me?
Here I stand cardboard in my hand
Here I never imagined I would be
My recent history written for all to see
Some faces choose not to see me
some smile kindly acknowledging me
now and again as I stand in the cold cash is revealed as my hand unfold
I am hungry and don’t know when my next bite will be
your loose change for me is a warm inviting tea
I have no place to stay I can’t keep the disappointment at bay.
Please don’t look at me as lazy as I once had a job
a poor economy and virus of it did rob.
I don’t want to be here for me please don’t shed a tear maybe look up and smile
I hope not always to be here — I hope it’s only for a while.
— Lisa Lee, Sherwood Park
Too risky to re-open restaurants
In light of a recent report from Jeonju, Korea, in which an asymptomatic COVID case infected two other patrons up to 6.5 metres away in only about five minutes, it seems complete folly to begin our re-opening with restaurants or any other venues where people are indoors unmasked. Surely, it would be more sensible to start with museums and other services where everyone involved can remain masked.
Add on top of this the new variants that spread more easily, and it should be clear that allowing people to unmask indoors at any distance should be the last thing we should be considering.
— Erik Langeland, Edmonton