August 19th, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: Logical myths of vote-splitting

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 19th, 2017

Second of four parts Faron Ellis and George Rigaux Much was said about vote splitting during the run-up to Wildrose and PC members’ endorsement of the United Conservative Party. Since then, more speculation about how many former PC and Wildrose voters the UCP will attract has ensued. Unfortunately, the simple math most often used — ... Read More »

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With questionable integrity, some politicians still stretch expense rules

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 18th, 2017

If there was one message Albertans thought had penetrated the walls of political power in the last five years then it would have been the stench of “political entitlement.” Evidently not. We still have elected officials who stretch the rules for expense compensation. What makes MLA Derek Fildebrandt’s expense claims so shocking is that he ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Let good people do good things with their time and money

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 18th, 2017

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” — Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States Reagan understood the vast potential of a giving, caring, conservative culture. I am pleased and proud that more than 100 Albertans joined Jason Kenney and myself on Aug. 2 to help kick off a series of endorsements ... Read More »

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A dangerous game in Virginia

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 17th, 2017

For 70 years there has been no easier question for a politician than whether they approve or disapprove of Nazism. Yet, in an age of morphed messaging, parsing, high-volume debate, hair-splitting and political posturing, it’s beyond the top leadership in the United States. Donald Trump’s recent flip-flop on whether he condemns a hate rally in ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 16th, 2017

Various commentators have concluded that America is in the throes of its second civil war. Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, has concluded that the political left and right share no common value system (such as respect for freedom of speech), therefore there can be no collaborative coming together over core beliefs. He argues that ... Read More »

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‘Frontier justice’ is not the answer

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 16th, 2017

There is no room for “frontier justice” in any form in a civil society safeguarded by laws and statutes. It is never permissible, for example, to go up to someone in the street and punch them in the mouth because you disagree with their opinions. Most in society would likely recognize the sense of this ... Read More »

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Guest Column: High grades for Canadian students and high praise for their teachers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 14th, 2017

Troy Media PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. A recent BBC article called Canada “an education superpower.” It referred to the fact that, in recent years, Canadian students’ results in literacy, mathematics and science are among the best in the world. We’re in the same echelon as countries like Finland and Singapore. The article drew primarily from results ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Political entrepreneurship and UCP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 12th, 2017

Faron Ellis and George Rigaux (First in a series) Following the decisive votes by both Wildrose and Progressive Conservative members in support of merging their parties into the new United Conservative Party (UCP), many headlines have posed the quite reasonable question: what comes next? Beginning today, and over the next few weeks, we will attempt ... Read More »

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What’s driving government’s sudden interest in craft breweries?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 11th, 2017

Craft breweries have splashed on the scene, all of a sudden, like giant waves crashing onto the beach one after another. The Alberta government has gone all out with waves of announcements too, in support of the “new” industry. “Entrepreneurs are establishing award-winning distilleries, breweries and estate wineries and meaderies right here in Alberta. Modernizing ... Read More »

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Zoning flexibility would get us off the planning merry-go-round

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 10th, 2017

A tiny spot on Allowance Avenue gives a glaring example about how the public and official debate about zoning can go well off the rails. It also shows how “plans” put forward by the city’s planning department are not only misunderstood, but are a too-easy target. Council this week heard an application to rezone the ... Read More »

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