October 17th, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Taking scientists’ research seriously

By Letter to the Editor on March 8th, 2017

Re: “Did we jump the gun?”, Feb. 25 Let’s take a step back in time and imagine that we are living in a world where people take scientists and their research seriously. What would that be like, and how might it apply to Barb Taylor’s recent letter to the editor and to “Dark Winter,” the ... Read More »

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Opinions are different from facts, and they always will be

By Letter to the Editor on March 8th, 2017

Now in this weird Trumped up world, we have “facts” and “alternative facts.” What we actually have is bushels (barrels?) of opinions purported as “facts.” Most persons have some sort of belief system. From our belief system we espouse “facts” which are facts to us, but are actually opinions. The belief system — which we ... Read More »

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Those who helped build Canada need help

By Letter to the Editor on March 7th, 2017

Just before Christmas I got a notice stating that due to the increase in the cost of utilities in Medicine Hat my rent will be increased as of Feb. 1. I pay part of my utilities so that meant an increase there also. Being a pensioner and trying to be self-sustaining by living on my ... Read More »

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Medicine Hat Arena finances are still a big question

By Letter to the Editor on March 4th, 2017

It is truly great news to hear that a local group of concerned citizens is in talks with the city about saving the Medicine Hat Arena and the Kinplex. There’s one thing that the group probably is already aware of but is worth repeating. In order to justify the Arena closure, the city posted an ... Read More »

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Skepticism despite scientific consensus

By Letter to the Editor on March 3rd, 2017

Re: “Did we jump the gun?,” Feb. 25 Should Alberta be “eliminating the shackling [of] our very important energy industry” by removing “carbon emission caps, taxes, and regulations”? In a refreshingly polite letter, Barb Taylor argues that such policies are unwise and unnecessary. Unfortunately, she bases this conclusion on some very dubious ideas about climate ... Read More »

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Canada’s assistance to developing countries dropping

By Letter to the Editor on March 3rd, 2017

The key metric that measures the level of a government’s assistance to developing countries — Official Development Assistance (ODA) — was set at a target of 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) by the OECD. According to the report “Assessing Canada’s Global Engagement Gap,” Canada averaged between 0.44 per cent and 0.47 per cent ... Read More »

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Different gifts for men and women unacceptable

By Letter to the Editor on March 2nd, 2017

On Friday night, I attended the final regular season game of basketball for the MHC Rattlers teams. At the end of the women’s game they presented departing/graduating players with tokens of appreciation. It was lovely to see these tough, hard playing young women go up as they were called and receive a bouquet of flowers. ... Read More »

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Vigils held across the world for filicide victims

By Letter to the Editor on March 2nd, 2017

March 1 was Day of Mourning where the disabled community gather at vigils to remember disabled people who have been victims of filicide — murdered by family members or caregivers. Four hundred such people have been killed in the last five years and 100 since the vigils were held last year. The vigils were to ... Read More »

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Who to believe on climate change?

By Letter to the Editor on February 28th, 2017

Premier Rachel Notley recently announced a budget of $600,000 to develop a program of educating Albertans on climate change. The question is what will be the science in this program. Climate change plans in this country are based on the Paris Agreement, which used the report of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). It ... Read More »

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We shouldn’t repeat Europe’s error here

By Letter to the Editor on February 27th, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on muslims created a lot of anger, but I doubt it was inspired by racial hatred. Charges of racism are made too freely in our intolerant society whether they are true or not, and an accusative media re-inforces the blame. I believe the motive was national security, as claimed. ... Read More »

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