Thursday’s letters: Alberta road signs are confusing

Anthony Henday Drive between Terwillegar Drive and Calgary Trail.
File photo.
Bruce Edwards / Edmonton Journal

As the province and municipalities advocate for safety on our roads, the lack of proper signage can lead to automobile accidents.

Some examples: eastbound traffic on 23 Avenue just before the Queen Elizabeth 2 exit — one confusing sign. As you exit 23 Avenue to get on the QE2 southbound, you are suddenly faced with three signs, one that says the right lane ends, one that points you to the QE2 and the other directing you to 19 Avenue.

Traveling southbound on the QE2, motorists are leaving the Edmonton city limits on four lanes. Then just before the exit to Devon, with no previous warning, there is one little sign warning traffic travelling at 110 km/h that the right lane ends.

The permanent sign has been lying in the ditch for months. As you pass the airport on three lanes, there is a curve on the highway as you approach Leduc. As you round the curve, here we go again — one surprising sign saying the right lane must exit.

Apparently the people responsible for road signs in Alberta have never driven in Vancouver.

Dennis Wanechko, Leduc

Arts are an economic investment

Re. “Fund the essentials before funding art,” Letters, Feb. 4

The arts are an essential part of the economy, which is often not understood by governments because the arts don’t fall into a familiar economic model.

Paducah, Ky. is a good example. In response to the alarming deterioration of a valued heritage neighbourhood that had become abandoned and crime-ridden, they initiated the Artist Relocation Program to attract artists by offering them finance and loan incentives. This resulted in the revitalization of both the heritage neighbourhood and the city as a whole, and helped bring community and economic prosperity.

Interestingly, the greater economy always benefits more from artists’ contributions than the artists themselves, but if they are thought of as an important part of investing in economic health, they can live a modest life that can contribute to the larger economy and community vitality.

Marlena Wyman, Edmonton

Support health opinions with facts

I read with interest the various articles relating to the review conducted on health-care spending in Alberta.

As I read the proposals, the NDP responses and the various challenges to even the suggestion of finding efficiencies in our burgeoning health system and its corresponding costs, I note the absence of background and basic facts. Many petition for continued and increased spending, express concerns about changing or privatization of services and accuse the current government of manipulating the statistics.

What is needed is an articulation of all the facts. Show readers the information that demonstrates our costs vs. costs in other provinces. This is often alluded to but not illustrated. Our outcomes are lower than comparable provinces; why does this not concern us?

Why is that we feel embarrassed to hold our health-care system accountable for better outcomes and efficiencies? Why do Albertans feel entitled to pay structures well above the national average? Please just paint the full picture and perhaps we can adjust our expectations as well as our understanding.

D.L. Manz, Edmonton

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