Elected officials must do their part, including the Cold Lake Mayor
In Mayor Craig Copeland’s response letter to my husband’s inquiry about Copeland’s December trip to Florida, the mayor stated: “I did this trip for my dad who sacrificed so much for me as a kid, my turn to return the favor.”
It pains me to think of all the people whose parents are in care home, especially during the Christmas season, who cannot even visit and hug their parents because of this pandemic. Surely, most of these parents in the care home also sacrificed a lot for their children.
My brother was rushed to a hospital in Edmonton on Jan. 6 with four blocked heart arteries and is waiting for surgery. I am sure our mother would love to see him and hug him, but because of the pandemic she cannot. I would also like to see him, but even if I can, I’d rather sacrifice not to, in order for my brother and everybody in the hospital to be safe.
My husband is waiting for double knee replacement for 16 months now. Because of this pandemic, we are told that they do not have any idea when his surgery will be. Also, my husband had a cataract surgery last November and I could not even accompany him inside the hospital to be with him and assist him after his surgery.
The truth is everybody is affected by this pandemic and we all need to work together and sacrifice to keep everybody safe. Elected officials must do their part in making sure that they set a good example to their constituents. It is a shame to know a trusted elected mayor disregarded the health authorities’ advice and did not lead by example.
My heart goes to all of us who are choosing to make hard decisions out of respect and to keep other people safe.
The recent actions of Mayor Copeland are so hurtful and insensitive.
Thank you very much.
Mayor Copeland didn’t break any law
I don’t know Mayor Craig Copeland, but it seems to me he has a right to take care of his aging father, as he understands his responsibility as a son.
He set a good example. Caring for one’s elders is a good thing. It is honorable.
I understand that some recent opinion is that Copeland should resign because he did what he believed was best in view of his father’s health, taking him to Florida.
Copeland did not break any law, but is regarded by some as unfit for office because he did what he could for the vulnerable elder in his life. Many of us cannot, but let’s not resent those who can.
I have heard this pandemic likened to war, and so it seems to be. It is turning ordinary citizens into suspicious strangers, friends to enemies, families to foe. Our society is becoming dysfunctional.
Yes we are all in this together, but much fear is controlling and destructive. We have been fed a steady diet of it for a good many months to the degree that people are losing their sense of reason.
An open letter to Mayor Craig Copeland on his recent travels
There is no good excuse or reason that you can provide to offset the frustration and anger felt by many in Cold Lake about your holiday in Florida. We all have parents; we stay home in the spirit of the recommendations to avoid non-essential travel. Of course, we have seen many United Conservative Party politicians bend the definition of the term “non-essential,” but your excuses really are beyond belief. Of course, it also appears that city council was involved in this deception as well, and they will certainly hear from me.
Mr. Mayor, two of my daughters are front line workers, nurses who are exposed daily in emergency room work. I have not been able to see them in months. Another daughter works in the city and was not able to work from home. One of my sons is a front line worker for the city of Edmonton. I have not seen him since the start of this pandemic. I am a senior, as is my husband. He is in the very high risk category, so we have been very careful. Because of your failure to implement a mask mandate early in the pandemic, we have not spent a cent at any local small business. We have not carried on any commerce with any business that did not try and protect its customers. I’m not the only senior that has lived in relative isolation during these times. As the case numbers climb, and the infection rate per hundred thousand is at such a high level, we will continue to make sacrifices for the good of the community. Why can’t you and other members of the council do likewise?
You continue to set a terrible example for the City of Cold Lake. It will take more than an apology to rectify this blunder; you must start to set a better example for the citizens of this community who have sacrificed so much.
Wendy M. Ricard