October 24th, 2020

Commentary

Letters to the Editor

  • Let Albertans have say in health policy changes

    Mr. Kenney has made a serious mistake in making a lawyer (Mr. Shandro) the health minister. Most lawyers define their profession as confrontational. The Minister of Health definition is more one of healing, more one of negotiation, like a property manager. If we hire a property manager, we do not expect him to bulldoze the [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • EMS decision is saving money at what cost?

    So, our misguided Minster Shandro “will not overturn the AHS decision” to end the EMS dispatch contracts in Lethbridge. He assures us “There is no reason to expect response times to change.” I beg to differ. A year ago my wife suffered a TIA (mini-stroke.) I called 911, was told to give her two Aspirins [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • UCP gov’t living in a glass house?

    Further to Marlaina Ditrich’s letter, I find the UCP’s Honourable Shane Getson’s reported comments characterizing CERB recipients disappointing. On May 25, the Canadian Press reported the UCP applied for the Federal Wage Subsidy program to avoid staff layoffs. (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ucp-wage-subsidy-1.5584469) The old adage “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones” may apply. Laurie [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Virus not as lethal as fear is making it appear?

    Why would people like Lee Mein, Michelle Vanderkooi, and more, take the time to stand their ground and exercise our freedoms? Defiance of fear. Coronavirus case numbers rise, but still there’s little said about viral severity. Ventilators, tacitly, were mostly not used. But last spring’s fear is kept current, even as the virus itself wanes [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Having no say is slavery, too

    Recently Owen Holmes wrote about slavery – the legality, the justification, the servitude, etc. According to Mr. Holmes, “slave labour is still in use in North America” – agree! A retired fixed-income person whose utilities, food and cost of their simple existence exceeds or equals their income – is a slave. A while ago Lethbridge [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

Opinions

  • Britain’s pantomime crisis

    Boris Johnson playing chicken with EU in Brexit deal negotiations The British pantomime is a traditional Christmas entertainment in which stock characters face imaginary dangers and audience participation is encouraged (“He’s behind you!”), but the play never frightens the children and it always has a happy ending. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be a [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Gov’t has no solutions to crises

    I have to say I wasn’t quite ready for the snow to fly yet! After a few weeks of wonderful fall weather, which Lethbridge’s wonderful tree-lined streets augmented with a dazzling – if short-lived – display of colours, I must admit that the season of backyard harvests and comfortable park visits is drawing to a [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • WFP a long-running success story

    Trevor Page On Oct. 9, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to the UN’s World Food Programme. In announcing its decision, its chairperson said it was because of WFP’s efforts in combatting hunger, for its contribution for bettering conditions for peace in conflict areas and for acting [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • New approach to opioid crisis is working

    Re: Letter from four physicians (Oct. 21 Herald): I read with interest the letter from four physicians in southern Alberta and I appreciate the discourse. However, our government listened to the voice of 19,000 Albertans regarding their concerns of how supervised consumption services were operating in our province. These voices led us to audit the [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Supporting those on front lines of addiction crisis

    Opioid crisis statement in support of all those living with addiction and frontline workers from faculty and staff at University of Lethbridge: In September of 2020, data from Alberta Health’s COVID-19 Opioid Surveillance Report revealed that more than twice as many people had died from opioid overdoses in the second quarter than the first. The [...] Read More »

    3 days ago