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LETTERS: ER name isn’t as inclusive as they say

Up to now, I was under the impression that religous names for our buildings only happened with privately owned schools, hospitals, churches and halls.

I have lived here all my life.

Now our publicly owned emergency building, due to 40 per cent of the donations given by the East Indian community, will bear the name of their religious leader. 

Where has this same recognition been given to all the Jews, Christians, Buddhists, etc. who have lived in our areas and donated millions of dollars to all the community projects built over many years? 

This was never suggested up to now. Why?

The only reasonable answer I can come up with is that this is another attempt to garner those precious votes.

And where did the term “South Asian” derive from? 

To whom does it refer? How many countries does it encompass?

E.Mayo, Surrey

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Leave religion out of hospital

I would like to state that I totally disagree with the plan to name the new SMH Emergency Department entrance after Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Sikh leader. It is not saying that this is a place for everyone.

Jane Adams states that 40 per cent of the money given to the hospital foundation comes from the South Asian community. Is not the South Asian community also comprised of Hindus, Muslims, etc.? I do not think any hospitals should be named after religious leaders. Aafter all, the people in the community using that hospital are made up of many ethnic/religious origins.

Lynne Porterfield, Surrey

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It’s a slippery slope

If this is permitted, then how can we not permit teaching “intelligent design” as a theory to our children in our classrooms to go hand in hand with Darwin’s theory?

Maria Gordon, Surrey

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