Letters: Dec. 16: Parking scofflaws a safety hazard at airport

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For those picking up airport passengers, it isn’t difficult to wait in the cellphone lot, then proceed to quickly pick up your waiting partner. Disturbingly, people have decided that waiting at the passenger pickup point is easier. Or better yet, parking at passenger pickup and going directly into the terminal to search for their partner.

On a recent night, it wasn’t particularly crowded but every passenger pickup spot at WestJet was occupied by a parked car, some with drivers, some without, and no passengers were being loaded. This is supposed to be pickup and go zone — no waiting and no parking. We have passengers now walking into the lanes of traffic to flag down their ride because all the passenger pickup spots are occupied with cars that are not loading. 

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Where is the parking attendant to enforce the rules? Someone will get run over and, frankly, airport management should be blamed along with our self-absorbed idle hogs.

Doug Welsh, Calgary

‘Average’ tax hikes don’t reflect reality

Council made numerous statements during last month’s budget deliberations that next year’s 7.8 per cent property tax increase would only amount to $16 more each month for the average household valued at $610,000.

We have lived in the same southwest condominium for 20 years. Even though our condominium is assessed below $610,000, our new tax notice indicates that our monthly TIPP payments will be increasing in January by $31 a month.

Did council and city administration know this was likely and, if so, were they simply happy to mislead taxpayers?

How many other “average” households have seen their new monthly tax payments increase by more than the much-ballyhooed $16 a month?

Jim Williams, Calgary

Savings on fuel tax smoke and mirrors

Re: Gasoline price will rise nine cents per litre on Jan. 1 as UCP reimposes tax, Dec. 14

I know math is hard, but Premier Danielle Smith has brought arithmetic to a new level of complexity. A statement from the UCP government states that by reimposing a nine cent per litre provincial gasoline tax on Jan. 1, Albertans will be saving four cents per litre. (Ed. note: The full tax of 13 cents is being phased back in).

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With this logic, the affordability crisis is over and we can all go back to eating cake.

Rob Butler, Calgary

The flaws of no-fault insurance

No-fault auto insurance is a ripoff to drivers and vehicle owners in Alberta who are forced, by law, to purchase overpriced insurance.

My wife was recently rear-ended on a street in Red Deer. She was not at fault and our car was still driveable. My thinking was that we would swap vehicle info, VINs, insurance companies, names, addresses, licence numbers, etc. Then the insurance company for the person at fault would pay for the damage. But it doesn’t appear to work that way anymore in Alberta.

Now we have to contact our own insurance company and they pay for our damage, and the other insurance company gets off scot-free if the driver at fault doesn’t make a claim. But it will show up as a claim against our insurance, even though my wife wasn’t at fault. And our premiums will likely increase as a result.

Our insurance company wrote off our vehicle even though the damage was minimal, repairable and the vehicle was still very much driveable.

I thought our insurance company was supposed to represent our interests. Not the interests of the at-fault driver and their insurance company.

No-fault insurance is a scam to consumers and should be eliminated in Alberta.

Dale Stuart, Red Deer

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