March 31st, 2015

Letters to the Editor

People need to lighten up

By Letter to the Editor on March 31st, 2015

Re: T-shirt controversy in the March 8 edition. A big thank-you to Alex Pavlenko (Letter to the Editor). I agree with your comments in regard to this T-shirt issue. I think we should blame this lady’s problem on “climate change,” like everything else. It has played games with many people’s minds, to the point where ... Read More »

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If the name ‘terrorist’ fits …

By Letter to the Editor on March 31st, 2015

 Mr. Mitsui warns that the word “terrorist” is “poisonous,” “ubiquitous” and drives people to “irrational actions” (Lethbridge Herald, March 21 Letter to the Editor, “Be careful how you use the word ‘terrorist'”).He instructs that the word not be applied in certain realms especially politics because its repeated use “scares” people. By that logic, he probably ... Read More »

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Muzzling Green leader a travesty of democracy

By Letter to the Editor on March 31st, 2015

Never in my 75 years have I been so disgusted as the day Ms. May was denied to speak to a debate on Canada expanding its forces into Syria. Acting more like the Afghan parliament than Canada, a few Conservative backbenchers shouted “no” when the speaker asked if she could speak. This from a government ... Read More »

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Disputing claims about wood smoke harm

By Letter to the Editor on March 31st, 2015

I cannot stand by and let environmentalists and wood smoke opponents continually distort facts. In reference to Ms. Baiton’s letter (March 7 Herald): Paragraph 1: What are the “100 toxic substances” produced by burning “so-called clean” wood? Paragraph 2: I am a heart patient with COPD and love the smell of firepits in the summer ... Read More »

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Dear Lt. Governor, please, no election

By Letter to the Editor on March 29th, 2015

To the Honourable Colonel (Ret’d) Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta: I do not know you, and you do not know me. However, by reading your biography, I certainly wish I did know you, and know you well. Very shortly, Mr. Prentice is going to approach you to have you approve dissolving the Legislature ... Read More »

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Is the tail wagging the dog in civic government?

By Letter to the Editor on March 29th, 2015

Over the past several months a number of viewpoints have been presented regarding curbside recycling. Most if not all have dealt with the cost factor for providing this service. I would propose that there are other costs that have not been considered. It is a well-known fact that in the private as well as the ... Read More »

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Recycling issue needs forward-thinking leadership

By Letter to the Editor on March 26th, 2015

I wish to commend Klaus Jericho for his thought-provoking letter of March 19 concerning the decision-making process that needs to be employed by city council and administrators in regard to disposing of the city’s waste materials. Mr. Jericho argues that waste disposal is a very complex matter in today’s society and, as such, both council ... Read More »

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Why such an uproar over wearing niqab?

By Letter to the Editor on March 26th, 2015

I am somewhat perplexed about the debate regarding the wearing of the niqab during the recitation of the oath of citizenship. The government is insisting that the woman giving the oath must remove the veil so that she can be seen to be reciting the oath. Some well-meaning people have offered compromises. Perhaps someone could ... Read More »

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Alberta Canada’s latest embarrassment?

By Letter to the Editor on March 25th, 2015

I have just returned from a 10-day trip through the state of Florida where I spent much time with old friends from the Maritimes, Ontario and many Americans and this is what’s happening. Growing up in northern New Brunswick with a father from Quebec, I have seen and heard it all about Quebec’s constant desire ... Read More »

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Inspiration for Alberta’s farmworkers

By Letter to the Editor on March 25th, 2015

Alberta farmworkers are still wishing, wagging and wanting for equal rights and take great inspiration from the very successful effort of Alberta Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman and her team of supporters. They have shown it is possible to make the Alberta PC government yield, submit and capitulate, if you are right. Even the left can ... Read More »

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Where will anti-terrorism bill lead Canada?

By Letter to the Editor on March 25th, 2015

Re: the Federal Government’s Anti-Terrorism Bill. In the March 2015 edition of Harper’s, a U.S. magazine, Adam Hochschild reviews a book by Karen M. Pate in which she presents her research into the CIA’s secret infiltration of the National Student Association during the 1960s and ’70s. Hochschild, a staff writer with Ramparts at the time, ... Read More »

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