February 21st, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Still collecting old yearbooks

By Letter to the Editor on January 25th, 2017

Long interested in southern Alberta history, 10 years ago I digitized my school and college yearbooks and put them online to share with those who had lost theirs over the years. People from around the world responded and I soon had others offering to donate to the collection. A decade later I had 123 yearbooks ... Read More »

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School curriculum should befact based

By Letter to the Editor on January 25th, 2017

Re: Tom Yeoman’s Jan. 18 retort to my Jan. 12 letter on the public funding of religious schools. Yeoman’s letter reflects his own obvious “faith” perspective which automatically hamstrings his objectivity. The very definition of this “having faith” business is to be non-questioning, accepting that for which there is no evidence, cannot distinguish between established ... Read More »

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Is history repeating itself in Lethbridge?

By Letter to the Editor on January 25th, 2017

Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States once said that the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history! Almost 30 years ago I participated in an effort to block the construction of a sulphur plant near Sundre. Local residents were not consulted and an organization called PALSS (Preservation ... Read More »

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Pilot cars never accompany snow-removal equipment

By Letter to the Editor on January 24th, 2017

With global warming so deep here in southern Alberta, there are graders and snow removal equipment everywhere. Not once, come to think of it, have I ever seen a pilot vehicle or warning signs where they are plowing snow. These machines cover a lot of territory when they are doing their appointed jobs. So why ... Read More »

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Jane Fonda deserves our thanks

By Letter to the Editor on January 24th, 2017

Jane Fonda visited northeastern Alberta recently and many derogatory, know-it-all comments followed her visit. She came here at the request of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and their Chief, Allan Adam. The Grand Chiefs of British Columbia and Manitoba also attended the press conference, so this was a big deal for the Indigenous people of ... Read More »

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At least Trudeau tries to connect with Canadians

By Letter to the Editor on January 22nd, 2017

I am sure that l am not the only person who is fed up of listening to the same news for weeks. Yes, PM Justin Trudeau went on a holiday in the Bahamas as a guest of a family friend, Aga Khan, whose helicopter took him there. Did he violate any federal ethics law? Right ... Read More »

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Examining Trump’s plans

By Letter to the Editor on January 22nd, 2017

Whether we agree with Trump or not, Canada is involved, and we should examine the probable reasoning behind his plans. Is there method in the madness? The overtures toward Russia may seek a strong ally to defeat ISIS, and deny them territory and oil income. Some of the terrorists will scatter over the world, but ... Read More »

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Minority sways city council

By Letter to the Editor on January 21st, 2017

In 2014, I wrote a letter regarding recycling basically reminding folks that private curbside recycling exists through the private sector for those who want the convenience of such a service. Since then, city council has voted on whether to implement mandatory curbside recycling on a number of occasions and, until recently, the vote has been ... Read More »

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By helping others, we also help ourselves

By Letter to the Editor on January 21st, 2017

As someone who advocates for ODA (official development assistance), I often hear protest about helping ours before helping others. What most don’t seem to realize is that foreign aid pays huge net returns for Canada. Our foreign assistance increases peace and political stability in poor nations: Desperate people are ripe for exploitation by extremists and ... Read More »

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Middle class dilemma

By Letter to the Editor on January 18th, 2017

When Donald Trump was elected president, I felt lost, and was puzzled and upset. Megalomaniacs are always around. There have been some who caused terrible devastations and deaths, like Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo. But I thought history gave us good lessons not to repeat it. “Those who can not remember history are condemned to repeat ... Read More »

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‘Secular’ not necessarily good

By Letter to the Editor on January 18th, 2017

“Religion gets far more traction than makes sense,” grates Patricia Pargeter (Jan. 12 Herald). Actually, it makes obvious sense for a government of, by and for the people to accommodate their freedom of conscience in public settings. She should be careful what she asks for. “Secular” isn’t automatically good. Alberta family doctor Nhung Tran-Davies can’t ... Read More »

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