January 21st, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Ethical vaccine alternatives needed

By Letter to the Editor on November 25th, 2016

I realize there is great controversy surrounding vaccination. My purpose in writing this is not to discuss the pros and cons of vaccination, but simply to draw attention to how live vaccines are grown. Live vaccines are grown from human diploid cell strains (HDCS). HDCS are cells that were taken from aborted fetuses in the ... Read More »

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Science is clear: Carbon dioxide warms the earth

By Letter to the Editor on November 24th, 2016

Carbon dioxide is utilized in two key ways in the environment. It is consumed by plants via photosynthesis (the process that allows plants to make food). It is also one of a number of sparse atmospheric gases, including water vapour and methane, which absorbs energy from infrared radiation radiating from the earth’s surface. This absorbed ... Read More »

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Make Christmas special for those who are hurting

By Letter to the Editor on November 23rd, 2016

Grief and the holidays can be a really challenging combination. In the hearts of everyone that has lost a loved one this time of year is an ache of pain not easy to manage. Take the time to remember your departed loved ones in a special way. Make new traditions. Reach out to your community. ... Read More »

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Jansen’s move to NDP stirs memories for Barnes

By Letter to the Editor on November 23rd, 2016

Just under two years ago, on a cold December evening, I found myself at a small town Christmas concert in southern Alberta speaking with a despondent constituent. With tears in her eyes, she told me that she had just sent a $20 donation to the ex-leader of the Official Opposition, Danielle Smith. I know for ... Read More »

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Canadians realizing there’s no substance behind PM’s flash

By Letter to the Editor on November 21st, 2016

Peter Mueller’s recent guest column on the federal by-election was interesting on its face value but disingenuous overall. First of all, Mr. Mueller seems to be somewhat geographically challenged. He claims that the provincial riding “covers roughly the same territory in the eastern half of the province” as the federal riding. Not true. Only a ... Read More »

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Canada should have a bigger role to play in early childhood development around the world

By Letter to the Editor on November 21st, 2016

Early childhood development is a big problem. Investment in child development would not only help children, but communities. Canada and the world are lagging behind. A United Nation expert commission in 1969 set a target for Official Development Assistance (ODA) spending at 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) and then-PM Lester Pearson was ... Read More »

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Don’t judge care home on basis of one allegation

By Letter to the Editor on November 18th, 2016

Re: “Care home patient says she was left in her excrement all night,” Nov. 8 I am very disappointed, somewhat in shock, and a little angry that a single complaint involving one resident in a care home received such coverage in the local paper. In my opinion, such an incident should be dealt with privately. ... Read More »

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Donald Trump understood what the voters really wanted

By Letter to the Editor on November 18th, 2016

The U.S. presidential election generally gets considerable attention worldwide for its international stature. The rather unusual campaign this time attracted more attention as well as a lot of emotion. Donald Trump’s win, which was unpredicted, has resulted in very strong emotional responses more so than analysis of the outcome. Why did a billionaire businessman with ... Read More »

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Province taking steps to deal with bovine TB

By Letter to the Editor on November 17th, 2016

With the recently discovered case of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) linked to a ranch in the Suffield area, landowners and hunters have expressed concerns that bTB may be present in elk and have the potential to infect cattle herds. In the late 1990s, when elk were introduced to CFB Suffield from Elk Island National Park all ... Read More »

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We’ve already seen where social Darwinism leads us

By Letter to the Editor on November 16th, 2016

Re: “Everyone deserves to be treated equally,” Oct. 26 According to Fred Lewis “The process of evolution has equipped us [mankind] with the compulsions (sic) to be kind to others” and “these traits improve survival.” How quickly we forget that social Darwinism that was the driving force behind Hitler’s belief that Aryans were an evolved ... Read More »

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