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Letter: In response to your 'Personal freedom' editorial

Re: “ Personal 'freedom '” editorial, Airdrie City View , April 29 Dear editor, It seems to me your issue is really about legitimate municipal, provincial and federal authority, of loyalty to what it is and has become culturally,

Re: “Personal 'freedom'” editorial, Airdrie City View, April 29

Dear editor,

It seems to me your issue is really about legitimate municipal, provincial and federal authority, of loyalty to what it is and has become culturally, about the whole implied spectrum of personal perception and conviction, or bias (if not grounded in adequate schooling).

You’re editorial leaves me with your sense of “upsetness.” You perceive MLA Pitt is being disloyal to the UCP. But party politics have nothing to do with a citizen’s personal freedom, except insofar as she or he chooses to be loyal to the party’s platform. Representative Pitt doesn’t, and she has every right to publicly unpack her personal, considered opinions on issues affecting some of her constituents.

Concerning the on-going two schools of thought – both of which have public health safety and public health policy at heart – you seem to shy away from the world wide web or Google as a valid research tool. My wife and I switched to DuckDuckGo, Vivaldi and Protonmail recently. Why stick with Google, Safari or Gmail when they, alongside Twitter and Facebook, have begun cancelling alternate and legitimate (i.e.scientific) data which they don’t like? Just because these were the first to organize that huge cyberspace called the internet?

The reality is, the www is now the established “digital continent” (Benedict XVI) of 300 million people, many of whom are doing research personally and freely on any issues that have bothered or interested them. Canadian media “guru” Marshall McLuhan’s famous dictum, “The medium IS the message” must surely still govern newspapering today, especially in the digital era. The print, pictures, music, sounds, blogs, news, talk shows, game shows, or people that happen to be ON it aren’t the drivers. The media themselves are.

As I was born in 1944, my life passed through print, radio, television, and now digital/ instant communication media. This last is brand new, and a completely other animal from all previous media eras. It can be used for good or evil on apocalyptic scale. The Globalist One-World-Order oligarchs – Bill Gates, Soros, the head of the World Economic Forum, and certainly the CCP – have chosen the latter, and are going for the jugular, using that whole technology to manufacture a pandemic as a cover for global control.

A century ago, the issues of morality, eugenics, weaponry, war, and dictatorships dominated the politics of Europe, the Pacific, and North and South America. The London Times challenged then-popular writers and columnists with the question: “What’s wrong with the world today?” Prolific writer, debater, and newspaperman G.K. Chesterton, replied: “Sir, I am. Yours, G.K. Chesterton.”

Bob Sontrop

Airdrie


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