January 16th, 2017

Commentary

Letters to the Editor

  • Things for non-profit and gov’t-funded organizations to consider

    I often learn about opportunities for charitable giving, even as low as $25 per month. Here are some tips for those who want my time, money and/or both, as either a donor or a volunteer: 1. Make sure that that all people connected to your organization have excellent public relation skills. This request extends from [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Carbon levy punishes Albertans for doing what they need to do

    Open letter to MLA Maria Fitzpatrick: Dear Ms. Fitzpatrick, Your town hall called my home. This is the gist of what I would have asked/said had I had time to speak, and what I would have left on the voice mail if the town hall system had not, instead, simply hung up. The carbon levy [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Yet another celebrity poking into Alberta’s business

    Oh no, here we go again. Another Hollywood type poking their nose into Alberta’s business. This time it’s Jane Fonda lambasting our province and our prime minister, Mr. Trudeau, over the oilsands and pipelines. Perhaps Fonda would like to see the world go back 200 years and live off the land but we live in [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Community’s strength is people

    I appreciate Mayor Spearman’s year-end comments in the Dec. 28 article, and would agree that “2016 was a year of achievement” for Lethbridge. A common thread throughout the article is that whether through economic development, providing new public facilities, welcoming refugees and new citizens to our city, helping those most vulnerable in our community, or [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Public money should only be used for secular education

    Re: Deal reached in home school dispute: This situation is a crystal-clear example of why public education should be strictly secular, as it currently is in most of Canada, even in uber-Catholic Quebec. The fact that this particular religious cult in Alberta (unfortunately there is a vast array to choose from) has been able to [...] Read More »

    5 days ago

Opinions

  • Cyprus: Waiting for Edogan

    It would be an excellent thing to reunite the island of Cyprus after 42 years of heavily armed partition, but it’s probably not going to happen this year. They’re all meeting in Geneva this week – President Nicos Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus and President Mustafa Akinci of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Dangers of the ‘candy diet’

    Society will be better served if we regain an appetite for curiosity and inquiry Seth Godin The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s “Advise and Consent.” Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were colouring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Addressing the ‘elephant’ in the room

    Happy New Year to all my constituents! I’d like to start my first column of 2017 by addressing the “elephant” in the room – the carbon levy. Albertans want a better economic future, where the highs and lows of the petroleum industry are not so severe. The carbon levy is the key tool that will [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • New ideas are welcome

    A national competition is being launched with the aim of generating new ideas to help Canadians age gracefully. The National Ideathon, sponsored by the Canadian non-profit organizations Age-Well and Hacking Health, will take place in five Canadian cities in 2017 with the goal of identifying and investing in new technologies and services to support healthy [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Using our voice

    One of the key aspects in a democracy is the idea that everyone has a voice – and not just at election time. The provincial government is giving Albertans a say in a couple of important areas – the next provincial budget and a review of electoral boundaries. Rachel Notley’s NDP government is planning a [...] Read More »

    6 days ago