January 18th, 2020

Commentary

Letters to the Editor

  • It’s lazy to blame CO2 emissions for wildfires in Australia

    An apocalyptic theme of fire and transformation plays to our sense of foreboding. We naturally intuit Australia’s fires as a sign of the end. What lurks behind this nightmare spectacle? Start with Australia’s actual climate – it hasn’t changed. Its latitude on Earth is in the southern hemisphere’s desert belt, with the Namib and the [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Thanks for helping the rich get richer

    I happen to be over 65 years old, but my wife is under 65. She just received notification this morning that her prescription coverage for seniors is being cut off, effective March 1. At the same time, we read that due to cuts in provincial corporate tax, executive pay and bonuses are soaring to new [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Prejudice is folly

    I had several international visiting professors at university. Some of them were world-renowned scholars. A few were brave enough to teach in Japanese. Because I was young and stupid, I thought them less than what they were worth because of their newly acquired language, ignoring my French, which was like a three-year-old child. You are [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Regulation has important role in business

    Mr. Neudorf, our MLA in Lethbridge-East, has an overly simplistic concept about the economy. Like far too many UCP party supporters, he tells us unrestricted business promotion provides our “standard of living.” Perhaps Mr. Neudorf is confused between the creation of paper wealth and the production of a public good. Public goods serve humans. Paper [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Cold War McCarthyism alive and well in Alberta

    During the late 1940s and early 1950s as the Cold War was beginning, Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin began investigations regarding un-American activities. He was convinced that communists had infiltrated the United States government and other American institutions. He generally stirred up fears among Americans warning them that their way of life and well-being was [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

Opinions

  • Another accidental shoot-down

    Incidents happen in countries involved in military confrontations One of the main causes of death for airline passengers in recent decades is being shot down by somebody’s military. Not the very biggest, of course: accidents account for nine-tenths of all deaths in civilian airline crashes, and terrorist attacks and hijackings cause most of the rest. [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Opportunities ahead for city

    As we embark on a new year there is always a sense of hope and optimism in the air at this time. The hope of all the good which may come our way and the optimism of new beginnings. With this renewed optimism, I am excited to look ahead at all of the upcoming opportunities [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Challenging energy ignorance

    There’s a need for Alberta’s ‘war room’ Brad Hayes CONTRIBUTOR, TROY MEDIA The Canadian Energy Centre – also called the “war room” – is online, publishing featured stories, reports, briefs, analysis, perspective and even an Energy IQ quiz. It’s all aimed at distributing information about energy (primarily oil and gas) in Canada. The topics are [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Airport cost-of-service discrepancy

    Brett Babki LETHBRIDGE TRANSPARENCY COUNCIL City council recently authorized a decades-overdue fiscal review and the first-phase report is now publicly available. It includes attempts to make comparisons between Lethbridge and other Canadian municipalities, while noting the difficulty of making meaningful comparisons. Regrettably, the report doesn’t address the airport, the operation of which changed hands from [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Fallout from Turtle Mountain

    By David McIntyre Backstory: Canada’s deadliest rockslide (the Frank Slide) broke free from the summit of Turtle Mountain in the early morning darkness of April 29, 1903. It cascaded across the Crowsnest River valley and, within a long minute, buried the valley floor and killed an estimated 100 people. A second rockslide has long been [...] Read More »

    4 days ago