January 21st, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Financial realities forgotten

By Letter to the Editor on December 31st, 2016

Thank you to Coun. Brian Varga for being the lone voice and lone vote on council on Dec. 19 for many in our city, who after yet another difficult year, watch as our utilities will be increased yet again. Though ironically it was Mayor Ted Clugston who earlier this month publicly speculated whether Medicine Hat ... Read More »

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Lack of transparency leads to suspicion

By Letter to the Editor on December 29th, 2016

Re: “Terms of gas sale won’t be disclosed,” Dec. 21 Years ago, under the duress of a university classroom, I read some of the work of political economist Max Weber. Weber was one of the first serious writers to use the term “political class.” In today’s world, the political class is comprised of a select ... Read More »

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Move to Central Time year-round makes sense

By Letter to the Editor on December 27th, 2016

It’s good to see NDP Edmonton Southwest MLA Thomas Dang raising the issue of Daylight Saving Time (DST) again. There is a need to seriously consider doing away with the twice annual time change. However it is submitted that the issue is not really standard versus daylight time, as most people probably do not have ... Read More »

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If you think you’re a food addict, FA might be the answer to your prayers

By Letter to the Editor on December 26th, 2016

Hooray for the newspaper! Two recent items prompt me to write today: Health Canada’s new ruling to force food processors to list the sugars (even if it’s called glucose, fructose, corn syrup, maltodextrin, sucrose, etc.) on their labels and Alberta Health’s efforts to help those who are struggling with weight issues through a local management ... Read More »

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All privatization factors should be considered

By Letter to the Editor on December 26th, 2016

Re: “Councillor’s ‘private company’ remarks are irresponsible,” Dec. 17, (Reference is to a Dec. 13 story about the city considering privatizing local rinks.) I have the greatest respect and admiration for Bill Yuill and his many and generous contributions to this city. My wife was a patient at the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic for ... Read More »

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‘Patently false claims’ about Wildrose made in recent letter

By Letter to the Editor on December 23rd, 2016

In a Dec. 14 letter to the editor by Alan K. Spiller entitled “Wildrose, PCs spreading ‘lies’ about NDP” — a series of patently false claims were made about the Opposition. Mr. Spiller also attributed a quote to the Opposition that was entirely fabricated. The carbon tax comes into effect in just a few days, ... Read More »

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First Nations’ voices must be heard

By Letter to the Editor on December 22nd, 2016

Early Europeans in Canada viewed indigenous people as noble savages. They cleverly applied a mixture of coercion and negation in order to segregate the First Nations’ people on to federal reserves, away from society. In 1885 the Department of Indian Affairs instituted a ‘pass system,’ forcing Indigenous people to stay on their lands. Poverty and ... Read More »

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Wildrose, PCs spreading ‘lies’ about NDP

By Letter to the Editor on December 21st, 2016

Re: “Politicians: Nothing of substance,” Dec. 14 Ian Parkinson’s letter certainly rings true with a lot of us former Conservative supporters. It’s become all about looking after their own well being and those of their rich friends, and who cares about anyone else. Seniors have been the biggest losers in Alberta. My late parents and ... Read More »

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Don’t like politics in Alberta? Just wait for five minutes

By Letter to the Editor on December 21st, 2016

Alberta’s political right is much like Alberta’s weather. If you don’t like what is happening, wait five minutes and it will change. So we have had three Stephen Harper MPs from Ottawa come and attempt to repair a political fracture caused by Ed Stelmach. We had Jim Prentice and he failed and now we have ... Read More »

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Canada’s role in ending extreme poverty

By Letter to the Editor on December 17th, 2016

As developed nations around the world turn away from globalization and look inwards with a contrived version of false nationalism, Canada has done just the opposite. We have embraced immigration, welcoming more than 35,000 Syrian refugees since Nov. 4, 2015, and played a crucial role in the Global Fund Replenishment to end extreme poverty. Moving ... Read More »

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