July 26th, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Decisions should focus on keeping citizens safe

By Letter to the Editor on July 26th, 2017

One of the most important jobs of any level of government is to keep its citizens safe. Lethbridge will be proceeding with construction of a new westside fire station to reduce emergency response times in what is now the city’s largest and fastest-growing region. I support this move wholeheartedly, but I also believe we need ... Read More »

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Conservative rhetoric will waste more money

By Letter to the Editor on July 26th, 2017

There has always been an anti-trade sentiment among some conservatives. Brian Mulroney pushed past the internal opposition to the “continentalism” and negotiated both the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It has been generally accepted as being beneficial, though critics have pointed out the irritants as they perceive them. ... Read More »

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Greed, lust for power destroys democracy

By Letter to the Editor on July 25th, 2017

The right wing is merely a front for private business interests. The righteous right is not interested in better public service. Business lobby (Chamber of Commerce) is only interested in profit. This simplistic world view is destroying higher ideals everywhere, with political fraud. Republican right-wingers have undermined the financial markets and the public confidence in ... Read More »

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Federal gov’t needs to protect citizen rights

By Letter to the Editor on July 25th, 2017

Re: The letter to the editor in the July 18 Herald stating our veterans were insulted, well, that is correct, but not for the reasons stated. Rather, it was for the way successive Liberal and Conservative governments sacrificed principle to political expedience, taking away due process, and turned on their own child citizen, violating the ... Read More »

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Kudos to Canada’s investment in polio reduction

By Letter to the Editor on July 23rd, 2017

I recently read a statistic on Polio that made my heart beat a little faster: in 1998, 40 children per hour, worldwide, were being infected by polio. By 2016, that number was reduced to 40 children per year. Is that not astonishing? It would seem that it is within our grasp to eradicate this incurable ... Read More »

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Albertans need to be kept informed about electricity system

By Letter to the Editor on July 23rd, 2017

It is good to see that The Herald has undertaken a review of Alberta’s electricity supply system (“Power demand not taxing system,” by Dave Mabell, on July 14.) Mr. Mabell provides some useful generating capacity statistics from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and concludes our existing electrical system is able to maintain an adequate ... Read More »

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A lesson on importance of freedom of speech

By Letter to the Editor on July 22nd, 2017

Thank you, Mr. Andrew Blair; your column, “Peace, democracy and academic freedom” in the Lethbridge Herald, Saturday, July 15 edition, is a perfect lesson for interested citizens in how to understand the importance of freedom of speech, especially at university and college levels. It is also a fabulous message for ambitious and power-hungry politicians whose ... Read More »

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Khadr was a child soldier, not a terrorist

By Letter to the Editor on July 20th, 2017

In a war situation whereby the two warring combatants are fighting across each other, are the losses of life called murders or terrorist activities? The answer to that question may be the most relevant issue while dealing with the Khadr situation. He was a child soldier, influenced by his father, brothers, uncles, etc. who was ... Read More »

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The important role of forgiveness

By Letter to the Editor on July 20th, 2017

A South African journalist, Jonathan Ancer, recently published a book “SPY: Uncovering Craig Williamson.” Ancer interviewed me on Skype for this book because I knew Craig, who I thought was my friend. I had meals with him often to catch up. But his friendship was a deception. He was a spy, a captain in the ... Read More »

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Just wondering

By Letter to the Editor on July 20th, 2017

As opposed to a Trudeau high-five, plus 10.5 million loonies: what penalty would Omar Khadr face under Sharia law for one murder and one maiming? Just wondering. Bob Rannard Lethbridge... Read More »

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Khadr forfeited citizenship by fighting for terrorists

By Letter to the Editor on July 19th, 2017

In reply to John Warren’s letter (July 12 Herald). You state several things in your letter which are not true. It is true Omar Khadr’s father took him to Pakistan for training in Islamic thinking, firearms and bomb making. He was wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan, and could have died without the help of ... Read More »

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