July 21st, 2018

Opinions

Standing united in trade war

By Lethbridge Herald on July 3rd, 2018

There’s nothing like a mountain of adversity to get people pulling together. That’s a key learning we should take from last week’s meetings between federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his provincial counterparts and from hearings held by the special House of Commons committee on international trade. At the hearings, a parade of expert witnesses ... Read More »

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Muddy off-highway vehicle conspiracies

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 29th, 2018

Lorne Fitch Aldo Leopold, the dean of ecological thinking, observed that when his bird dog Gus could find no pheasants to point, would point other birds, like meadowlarks, with a whipped up zeal for unsatisfactory substitutes. Some vocal members of the Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association (AOHVA) are acting like Gus. When they can’t mount ... Read More »

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A victory for Alta. farmers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 29th, 2018

Southern Albertans will remember the anger and opposition. Back in 2015, when the provincial government passed legislation to protect farmhands, we heard cries of condemnation from all sectors of Alberta’s agricultural industry. From Manyberries to Manning, producers warned that provisions of Bill 6 would destroy the family farms and the rural economy they support. Protest ... Read More »

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Service clubs key to city growth

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 27th, 2018

It’s more than streets and avenues. A map of Lethbridge offers many insights into our city’s history. Facility names Nicholas Sheran, Fritz Sick, Alexander Galt or Dave Elton remind us frequently of our city’s roots and growth. Schools, too, provide memory links with important figures in our history – think of General Stewart, Agnes Davidson, ... Read More »

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Migrants: The borders are closing

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 24th, 2018

There are actually fewer migrants crossing the Mediterranean and landing in European Union countries this year than in any other recent year: only 37,000 so far, although the flow will increase with good summer weather. But they are nevertheless the ‘last straw’ as far as some EU countries are concerned. Patience is running out. Last ... Read More »

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More needs to be done for opioid crisis

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 22nd, 2018

When I sat down to write this column this month, I knew that the topic had to be the issue on everyone’s minds. The issue that is generating news pieces, letters to the editor, emails to my office, protests and rallies, new action groups, and many a conversation. I am speaking, of course, about the ... Read More »

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Take in an event or two

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 22nd, 2018

It’s officially summer in Lethbridge. -So, how many events can you fit in to one weekend? Area residents can try to test that during the next few days in the city with Pride Fest at Galt Gardens, the annual dragonboat festival at Henderson Lake, the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open, and the wrap up of National ... Read More »

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A tragic year off the ice

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 20th, 2018

Sports are important to a lot of people, especially in southern Alberta. But the community is often faced with reminders that matters of life go far beyond the fields or arenas offered by sports. The year 2018 isn’t even halfway done yet and already it will go down as an awful year for the Lethbridge ... Read More »

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The Singapore Summit

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 17th, 2018

If the Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un had been a zero-sum game, then Trump definitely lost. But maybe it wasn’t. Kim got a meeting with Trump on terms of strict equality right down to the number of flags on display, which is a huge boost for his regime’s claim to legitimacy. He ... Read More »

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Explaining City property taxes

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 15th, 2018

This month’s ‘From City Hall’ column by Mayor Chris Spearman With property taxes due at the end of this month, this is the time of year when residents have questions about their tax bills and how their tax money is spent to provide municipal services. As mandated in the provincial Municipal Government Act, we only ... Read More »

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Defence against cyber attacks

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 14th, 2018

It used to be that countries only had to defend their borders against attacks by land, by sea or by air. Today, there’s a fourth way in which nations and its citizens can be attacked: via cyberspace. As has been demonstrated in a number of high-profile incursions launched through the internet, such attacks can be ... Read More »

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