May 25th, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Senators not only ones leading extravagant lifestyle

By Letter to the Editor on May 25th, 2015

Re: Are the government planes Prime Minister Harper’s personal property? The senators in the Upper House of the Canadian Parliament are not the only ones misusing our money for an extravagant lifestyle. The Auditor General should audit Prime Minister Harper’s travel expenses, too. And we, citizens of Canada, must demand to know how many millions ... Read More »

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Hurricanes shareholders need financial details before voting

By Letter to the Editor on May 25th, 2015

Would you buy a house rumoured to need extensive repairs without a home inspection? While some people would choose to roll the dice and purchase it anyway, the majority of people are more cautious. The impending vote(s) on the Lethbridge Hurricanes ownership question is lacking the financial information required for shareholders to make an informed ... Read More »

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Low tax rate increase is small consolation

By Letter to the Editor on May 24th, 2015

“City of Lethbridge taxes to rise 2.84 per cent,” said a recent Herald headline. Then the “good news”: that is less than city council budgeted for. Something else, the same excuse: We have one of the lowest tax rate increases in the province, according to Mayor Chris Spearman. Statistics are a valued resource, but is ... Read More »

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Thanks, Greg, for serving Lethbridge as an MLA

By Letter to the Editor on May 24th, 2015

I think as a citizen of this wonderful city, we all owe Greg Weadick a huge thank-you for the time he served as an MLA for Lethbridge West. It’s not easy to be away from home for weeks and drive back and forth in inclement weather and on a congested highway. You were always above ... Read More »

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Make sure you have made a Personal Directive

By Letter to the Editor on May 24th, 2015

Valerie Hill’s letter of May 9 makes a very valid point, one which we seldom give much thought to until it’s too late. Life can, and does, change in an instant. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I urge everyone to make sure that they have a Personal Directive, as well as ... Read More »

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Collectivism has caused oppressive episodes

By Letter to the Editor on May 23rd, 2015

I am, gladly, no longer a socialist. The foundation of socialism is collectivism, a philosophy whereby the group supersedes the individual, whereby rights are subject to public vote, and whereby the state has the divine authority to intervene wheresoever it deems proper. Common good before individual good. The most oppressive episodes of the last century ... Read More »

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Helping the poor would pay dividends

By Letter to the Editor on May 22nd, 2015

The CBC quoted Statistics Canada that people living in poverty, five per cent of the population, cost the Alberta Health Service 56 per cent of its total health-care budget (May 8, the CBC National). The figure is even worse in Ontario with 68 per cent of the budget. It’s a staggering statistic. Poor people cannot ... Read More »

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Animal cruelty is not entertainment

By Letter to the Editor on May 22nd, 2015

Ringling Circus has decided to stop touring with elephants after being fined $270,000 for mishandling animals. The common use of bullocks, prods and shackles was considered in violation of Federal Law in the U.S. According to Animal Defenders International, numerous countries around the world have now banned the use of animals in circuses, and in ... Read More »

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Who will be the watchdog to ensure patients receive timely surgery?

By Letter to the Editor on May 21st, 2015

A year has passed since my mother’s death. I wrote a letter to the editor that was published Oct. 26. My late mother, Barbara Davies, fractured her hip on May 9, 2014 and was taken by ambulance to Chinook Regional Hospital where her condition wasn’t considered life threatening. She spent close to two hours in ... Read More »

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In provincial election’s wake, a question comes to mind

By Letter to the Editor on May 21st, 2015

The intriguing provincial election in Alberta is over, with astounding results, but a question haunts my always-inquisitive mind. My long-time-ago political science education that I majored in must be the reason for it. The strange happening that I’m referring to is, what would compel a very high-paid ex-federal minister, who had resigned that post to ... Read More »

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Appreciate old traditions instead of removing them

By Letter to the Editor on May 20th, 2015

James Linville quotes Matthew 6:5 (April 26) out of context. Alain Simoneau and the Mouvement Laic Quebecois weren’t targeting displays of Pharisaism for their Supreme Court decision, they wanted to punish Saguenay city council for being overtly Catholic. They have a subjective ruling, bent to one person’s anger. Can this court be a bastion of ... Read More »

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