August 14th, 2020

Opinions

Resource decisions in a crisis

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 18th, 2020

Lorne Fitch PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGIST “Never waste an opportunity offered by a good crisis.” Machiavelli, the author of “The Prince” (1532), seen as a reference for unscrupulous politicians, appears to be the go-to guide for our premier. Premier Kenney and his cabinet must also be reading Naomi Klein’s book, “The Shock Doctrine,” for ideas. She describes ... Read More »

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Insulting Alberta’s pandemic heroes

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 17th, 2020

Albertans have united to survive this crisis, but MLA’s comments aimed at dividing Karen Weiers ALBERTA UNION OF PROVINCIAL EMPLOYEES One minute you’re a hero, the next you’re a zero – at least in the eyes of UCP MLA for Lethbridge-East Nathan Neudorf (re: June 12 Lethbridge Herald). Every day, Albertans have been singing the ... Read More »

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Brazil and the populist pandemic

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 13th, 2020

Voters seem willing to tolerate leader’s bad behaviour What do you do if you are in charge of dealing with the pandemic and the number of deaths is getting out of control? Simple. Stop publishing the number. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been having a bad time with the pandemic. His default mode has been ... Read More »

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Awareness training would help officers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 12th, 2020

The police play a crucial role in our society in ensuring public safety and arresting those who commit crimes. With the drug crisis facing our city, one may argue that enforcement role has never been more important. Our local officers risk themselves every day to ensure others in society do not have to face that ... Read More »

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Strong plan going forward needed

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 12th, 2020

I know that many of us would like a “do over” on the way that 2020 has unfolded. Our community, like all of Alberta, has faced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war on the price of oil, and a global recession. First the impacts and concerns about health, safety, transmission and the curve ... Read More »

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Fund social programs, not The Watch

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 11th, 2020

Jaisie Walker and Rebecca Runions The Watch was established in Lethbridge in 2019 in order to “increase the perception of public safety” (Lethbridge Police Service’s 2018 Annual report.) The volunteer-run program received $1.2 million of taxpayers’ money over its first two years. However, there are growing concerns amongst community members who are questioning the efficacy ... Read More »

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Economy and employment: Booming the southern Prairies

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 10th, 2020

Explorig food production and renewable energy synergies James Byrne, Kent Peacock, Paul Hazendonk and John Vokey University of Lethbridge Vegetables. An important part of a healthy diet. Eat a balanced diet; eat your vegetables. That’s why Canadians spend many billions of dollars every year on imported vegetables from the United States, Mexico and other tropical ... Read More »

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A hope that one day society will get things right

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 6th, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That thought is the hope of every generation – that right now things might be a mess, but one day we as a society will get things right. It’s wildly ambitious. Perhaps one ... Read More »

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Race relations in America

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 6th, 2020

Racism in the United States is different than in other countries It’s been a bad week in the United States: continuing protests, huge anger, rioting and looting in 50 cities, hundreds arrested or injured – but only six dead over the police murder of George Floyd. The number may have gone up by the time ... Read More »

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Parliament an essential service

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 5th, 2020

Canada’s democratic system is under siege. Last week, the Liberals, with the help of the NDP and the Green Party, suspended Parliament until the fall. In its stead, will sit a Special Committee, at which the opposition is stripped of its key powers and responsibilities. Arguably, we are functioning as an autocracy, rather than a ... Read More »

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Invest in, rather than policing, communities

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 4th, 2020

Ibrahim Turay and Jason Laurendeau Once again, there is violence in the streets in many American cities. And once again, it is the usual suspects. Meanwhile, those charged with protecting their communities, those who have seen enough of this thuggery, are rallying in the streets, insisting that Black Lives Matter, and that the police be ... Read More »

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