April 19th, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Notley creates trade war to cover blown opportunity

By Letter to the Editor on April 19th, 2018

When the NDP took power in Alberta Rachel Notley was presented with a wonderful opportunity to move Alberta away from the whimsies of the oil sector. She was given the ability to turn Alberta into a technological and industrial powerhouse, a province that would have made all Canadians, especially Albertans, very proud. But no, she ... Read More »

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Dropping bombs on Syria does nothing but threaten to spark another world war

By Letter to the Editor on April 19th, 2018

War is not the solution to the crisis in Syria, but neither is inaction. Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has rightly stated that the ideal solution would be to stop the funding and arming of extremists that promote regime overthrow. We need to stop pretending that these bombings carried ... Read More »

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Governments love ‘general revenue’ line item Ñ leading to spending flexibility but little transparency

By Letter to the Editor on April 18th, 2018

Re: Gregory Cote’s argument on equalization payments. Mr. Cote is correct in the fact the federal government collects taxes and accounts for it as a general revenue line item. All politicians love this system because it allows them to spend money according to their party priorities rather than use directed taxes which would go to ... Read More »

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May’s credibility challenged

By Letter to the Editor on April 18th, 2018

The photograph of Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s arrest near Burnaby is really her whole political story. Nothing worthwhile for what taxpayers generously spend on her except her breaking of the law. A Member of Parliament who should lead in upholding and respecting the law displays her complete disregard for our fundamental principle — the ... Read More »

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Upkeep of city’s trails this winter was exceptional

By Letter to the Editor on April 12th, 2018

I would like to offer a great big thank you and bouquet on behalf of myself and the thousands of trail users in the city to the City Parks Department for keeping the trails clear of snow and safe during the past severe winter season. With above average snowfalls and below average temperatures it was ... Read More »

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Canada Pension Plan: Tax or benefit?

By Letter to the Editor on April 12th, 2018

So, you’ve contributed more than $130,000 to the Canada Pension Plan program since you were 18 years old and now you’re 64 years of age and about to apply to receive your benefits. Unfortunately, you pass away suddenly. Your family contacts CPP only to learn that since you were single at the time of your ... Read More »

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Letter adds to religious divisions

By Letter to the Editor on April 9th, 2018

Re: “Seeing strange behaviour by Pope Francis,” April 7 I have no idea who the writer is, but I can’t resist replying to his misguided Catholic rant in which he questioned some of Pope Francis’s statements and credibility as “even a nominal Christian.” I found the diatribe another case of fuel being poured on the ... Read More »

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Seeing strange behaviour by Pope Francis

By Letter to the Editor on April 7th, 2018

Re: “Shameful decision by Pope Francis,” April 3 Peggy Revell’s criticism of Pope Francis’s refusal to apologize for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in running residential schools raises a key question. Why wouldn’t a Christian leader reach out in love to people who feel deeply hurt by his denomination? It doesn’t make any sense from ... Read More »

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Kenney, Tories playing politics with rural crime

By Letter to the Editor on April 7th, 2018

I have seen the impact of crime in rural communities first-hand. Where I live in Boyle, I have had my own property stolen more than once. Albertans from one end of this province to the other have their own stories. Rural property theft has long been a concern, one the Progressive Conservatives did little about ... Read More »

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False beliefs on equalization payments put forward as facts

By Letter to the Editor on April 6th, 2018

Re: “Demanding equality for Alberta,” March 5 John MacLaren’s letter decried the federal equalization payments to provinces. He stated the federal government “collects taxes from Alberta and distributes those taxes to the so-called ‘have-not provinces'” and that this “absolutely screws Alberta.” This is wrong. Alberta pays no tax to the federal government, nor does any ... Read More »

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