June 25th, 2017

Opinions

Russia, U.S. playing dangerous game

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 25th, 2017

I don’t remember which navy I was in when I first heard the term “silly buggers,” but the meaning was clear. It included some sensible exercises like “man overboard” drills, but the heart and soul of the game was high-speed manoeuvres by ships travelling in close company. These sometimes got quite exciting, because ships don’t ... Read More »

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A route to more effective health care

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 24th, 2017

Providers need to be encouraged to innovate Alexis Wise CONTRIBUTOR, EVIDENCE NETWORK – TORONTO Health care costs the public sector about $160 billion a year in Canada, a higher per-capita cost than most industrialized nations. Yet Canadians are not markedly healthier, nor do we receive better care. The Commonwealth Fund has ranked Canada 10th out ... Read More »

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Raising awareness of PTSD

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 23rd, 2017

A few years ago, a friend of mine was the first responder on scene at a motor vehicle accident. She provided first aid to a child, just a little older than her own, until the ambulance arrived. She never learned the outcome for that child. A small moment in time – an hour or two ... Read More »

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Protect bullying victims

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 23rd, 2017

Ten-year-old Xander Rose didn’t have to worry about being bullied on his way to school Wednesday morning. That’s because he was accompanied by 150 leather-clad bikers. As indicated in news reports, the fourth-grade student at Harbourside Elementary in Sydney, N.S. had been regularly bullied because of his race and size. In an effort to stop ... Read More »

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A start to better transparency

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 21st, 2017

More must be done to improve information access The Liberal government is making a move to put some actual “access” into the Access to Information Act. New legislation was tabled Monday that would give the federal information commissioner more power to order the release of government records. That’s a welcome step, especially in view of ... Read More »

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Britain: ‘soft’ Brexit or no Brexit

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 18th, 2017

“We don’t know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end,” tweeted Donald Tusk, former Polish prime minister and now president of the European Council. He doesn’t know when the talks will start because even now, a year after Britain’s referendum on leaving the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May doesn’t know what ... Read More »

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City still has bright future

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 16th, 2017

“A Bright Future” and “Lethbridge Bound to Be a Commercial Centre,” the very first issue of the Lethbridge Herald announced on Nov. 8, 1905. That prediction made more than a century ago proved to be on the mark. But The Herald’s staff of that time likely couldn’t have envisioned all that the city has become ... Read More »

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roperty taxes and public services

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 16th, 2017

Annual residential property tax bills went out in the mail a few weeks ago, and this is the time of year I hear from some residents who question the value they receive for their tax dollars as well as the need for tax increases. Most of the money collected each year in property taxes is ... Read More »

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Watchdog must be impartial

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 14th, 2017

One of the most important qualifications in adjudicating matters of any kind is impartiality. Whether it involves a judge in a court case, a referee officiating a game, an arbitrator handling a labour mediation or a volunteer judging jams at a local fair, it’s vital that the person making the decisions is completely unbiased. Objectivity ... Read More »

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Alberta new poster child for deficits

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 14th, 2017

Province’s run of deficits towers over Ontario’s worst Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur THE FRASER INSTITUTE – VANCOUVER Over the past decade, Ontario emerged as the poster child for poor fiscal management in Canada, due largely to the province’s deep run of deficits. However, thanks to a decade of rapid spending growth and painful decline ... Read More »

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Setting it straight

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 14th, 2017

In a letter to the editor in Monday’s Herald with the headline “Thanks for honouring girl’s memory,” the writer included an incorrect year in the original letter. Tanis D. Short passed away in October of 2005, not ... Read More »

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