January 24th, 2020

Letters to the Editor

Funding cuts always affect the ‘little people’

By Letter to the Editor on January 24th, 2020

Because of cuts to government income from taxes and resource revenue, we have seen cuts to services to the public and layoffs. We have seen increases in fees, and reductions in education and health programs. There is even talk of privatizing some government services to make them more “efficient” – did that work with AGT/Telus, ... Read More »

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Is Alberta gov’t really helping citizens?

By Letter to the Editor on January 24th, 2020

Does the Alberta government care about people with disabilities when they don’t care about the seniors? They talk about how we are to look at how a six-per-cent increase to funding for the people with disabilities (PDD), seven per cent for Community and Social Services (CSS), and eight per cent for Family Support for Children ... Read More »

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Lobbying on City’s behalf is MLA’s job

By Letter to the Editor on January 23rd, 2020

I read Tim Kalinowski’s article in The Herald on Jan. 17 with utter dismay, sadness and yes, some anger. I felt these things because the City should not have to hire a lobbyist to lobby the provincial government on behalf of our city. I am not upset with the City that they feel they should ... Read More »

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Alberta needs thinkers and doers

By Letter to the Editor on January 23rd, 2020

The latest word from the UCP government that universities will face a “performance-based model of funding starting April 1” may be the most depressing announcement yet. As Albertans, we are being forced to diversify and transition our economy away from oil and gas. This is a hard transition and we’ve experienced the effects of this ... Read More »

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Point the finger at the planet’s big emitters

By Letter to the Editor on January 22nd, 2020

“We” is used recklessly in the media today, particularly when referencing “environment,” and SAGE (Southern Alberta Group for the Environment), in their message “What are your emissions?,” Lethbridge Herald, Jan. 17, used it most disingenuously, leaving out of their “emissions” story extremely important components. Stating China’s emissions is 7.7 tonnes/capita and Canada’s is 16.7 tonnes ... Read More »

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Alberta gov’t making life tougher for seniors and others

By Letter to the Editor on January 21st, 2020

Let’s look at our “Money” Conservative party. Show us the money! What? No debt. What? No support. What? No medical. What? No education. What? No home. They are cutting the corporate income taxes which the workers bear the cost of by not having a job. This will help our debt! How? $4 billion per year ... Read More »

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

By Letter to the Editor on January 18th, 2020

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 »

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Thanks for helping the rich get richer

By Letter to the Editor on January 17th, 2020

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 »

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Prejudice is folly

By Letter to the Editor on January 17th, 2020

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 »

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Regulation has important role in business

By Letter to the Editor on January 16th, 2020

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 »

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Cold War McCarthyism alive and well in Alberta

By Letter to the Editor on January 15th, 2020

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 »

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