The right to vote is fragile in some countries and, as we have seen in Afghanistan, nonexistent in other countries, writes Doug Ferris.

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Evacuees board a C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, in this photo taken on Aug. 18.
Evacuees board a C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, in this photo taken on Aug. 18. Photo by U.S NAVY/Central Command Public Affairs/Cpl. Nicholas Guevara/Handout /Reuters

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Our democracy needs to be protected

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We in Canada are in the early days of a federal election. The right to vote is fragile in some countries and, as we have seen in Afghanistan, nonexistent in other countries.

In January of this year, we saw how close the democracy in the country right next to us came to being threatened and overthrown.

In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a struggling and somewhat corrupt government be overthrown by a brutal, tyrannical group. In a matter of ten days, democracy is gone, civil and human rights gone, future dreams and aspirations gone. It will cost thousands of lives, maybe hundreds of thousands of lives to return that country to the 21st century.

Now back to Canada. This election — in fact every election, be it federal, provincial or municipal — must be taken seriously. We have seen recently how fragile the right to vote is. Across the border, one political party has been trying to make voting more difficult by physical distancing voting locations and creating more hoops to jump through regarding identification of voters.

In Afghanistan, all these political moves were not even bothered with. A group walked in, took over control and the weak democracy melted into history.

We Canadians must be so vigilant about our elections, that our rights as individuals and our responsibilities as citizens are never taken for granted.

Doug Ferris, Regina

Gratitude a pleasant surprise

My husband is in long term care at Luther Special Care Home. I live in the tower next door.

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I am writing to tell you of a very special surprise while pushing my husband around the block on Aug. 5.

There were two gentlemen sitting on a bench outside the tower. I stopped to have a chat and a little rest. While there, a car stopped in the middle of the street, and a young man came over and thanked them for what they had done for our country. I told him my husband was in the Air Force during the war, he took his hand and thanked him very much.

I was so pleasantly surprised that I neglected to tell him how much his kind words were appreciated. He left very abruptly, so I hope he will see this and know what a nice young man he is for doing that.

The media is so focused on the negative that those of us who grew up during the Depression are really quite tired of all the publicity the protesters and such get. There are a lot of good people and service clubs who do a lot of good for society and the underprivileged, yet if they want to see it in print they have to pay for it.

I challenge the media reporters/journalists to go to each and every service club — you could do a series. These clubs work for the money they spend for the good of society, yet most people know nothing about them. The Kinsmen are well known because of their lotteries.

The general public hungers to hear about the good things that are happening in society today, especially since the COVID.

Hazel Anderson, Saskatoon

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