January 18th, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Buckle up for a bumpy ride

By Letter to the Editor on January 8th, 2017

So the Notley Motley Crew are set to work in 2017. I was interested in some of their quotes at year’s end – “I have enjoyed the past year.” I would hope so what have you done? “We are now going to work” Great, the price of gasoline at the pumps increased on Dec. 30; ... Read More »

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Another tale from Big Oil to explain gas prices

By Letter to the Editor on January 7th, 2017

So oil analyst Dan McTeague trots out another specious prevarication for Big Oil explaining the 25-cent-a-litre jump in gas prices since Christmas to ameliorate the anger of the ignorant masses. He feeds us the whopper that two struggling refineries over 1,000 miles away in the U.S. make our price balloon. Hey, you used that excuse ... Read More »

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Bottled water industry creating environmental issues

By Letter to the Editor on January 7th, 2017

Re: “Why are we drinking bottled water? Wynne wants debate on future of industry,” (Dec. 21) “Why are we all drinking water out of bottles when most of us don’t need to?” the premier of Ontario asks. It’s an excellent question. The answer lies in the multi-million-dollar marketing budgets of the hugely profitable bottling companies ... Read More »

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Carbon tax debate a complex issue

By Letter to the Editor on January 5th, 2017

Much of the debate over the recently enacted carbon tax, it seems to me, misses the point. The debate is often portrayed as a struggle between business people and consumers on the one hand, and unyielding environmentalists on the other. Actually, it is a little more complex than that. Admittedly, there are firmly committed environmentalists ... Read More »

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Why is Alberta gov’t partnering with polluters?

By Letter to the Editor on January 5th, 2017

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips’ Dec. 15 column, celebrating the fundamentally flawed federal approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain “dilbit” pipeline expansion, shows confusion and ignorance levels far beyond former environment minister Ty Lund’s obsession for more highways in our national parks, and former environment minister Ralph Klein’s pushing to violate federal court stop-orders to illegally ... Read More »

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Why isn’t gov’t taking action on opioid crisis?

By Letter to the Editor on January 4th, 2017

If an obscure, yet preventable disease was killing our children at a rate of one death every 18 hours, there is no doubt Albertans would see an immediate and overwhelming response from government, particularly in the collection and reporting of information. Why then the modest response and slow reporting of opiate-related deaths? Understanding the scope ... Read More »

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Support our Montana neighboursin standing against racism

By Letter to the Editor on January 4th, 2017

This Christmas and holiday season, we have been quite blessed in our region. The peace we have felt here has been deep and profound. But the peace of our neighbours is in danger. A group of hate activists are planning an armed hate march in Whitefish, Montana in early January. ABC Fox Montana interviewed the ... Read More »

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Castro gave more to Cuba than he took

By Letter to the Editor on January 3rd, 2017

We westerners suffer from lack of analytical ability, hence we fail to grasp the whole truth in any given situation and admit it. The western nations have condemned Castro not because of their love for democracy but for their hatred of Marxism. In the past, the U.S. has supported many brutal dictatorships which murdered tens ... Read More »

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Open discussion needs tolerance for all views

By Letter to the Editor on January 3rd, 2017

Re: Letter of Dec. 24 in which the writer responds to my previous letter concerning the lack of human rights for the preborn. The writer does what pro-choice people do when defending the killing of the smallest humans: she ignores science, tries to categorize my alleged worldview (and from that disqualify me from having a ... Read More »

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Top items on the list of New Year’s resolutions

By Letter to the Editor on January 2nd, 2017

What about those New Year’s resolutions? Finances, career goals, health management, and politics remain on the top of the list. 1. I plan to record all my purchases in 2017 in order to analyze my purchase decisions. 2. I look forward to participating in the Chinook Entrepreneurial Challenge (www.chinookchallenge.com). Innovation and small businesses serve a ... Read More »

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Confusion over energy plans

By Letter to the Editor on December 31st, 2016

In the past year our government has created confusion with careless announcements about their plan to produce more of Alberta’s electricity from renewable sources. It has been unclear whether renewable generation goals constitute some 30 per cent of installed power plant capacity or 30 per cent of total electricity generated. Electrical power plant capacity is ... Read More »

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