January 19th, 2018

Opinions

We should take a closer look at how we treat our most vulnerable

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 5th, 2018

How quickly we forget a lesson learned nine years ago. On Jan. 6, 2009, a homeless man was found dead outside the Medicine Hat Public Library. It was around 2 p.m. before anyone even noticed him wedged between an exterior wall of the library and a parallel decorative, perforated wall. “He was in the fetal ... Read More »

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Coming up in 2018: Mundane, but necessary work at municipal level

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 4th, 2018

The changing over of the calendar will always bring with it some new optimism, a hope for better times, even an easier go of things. But, with the bottles of bubbly now drained and confetti cleared away, the road ahead for City Hall shows a lot work on the agenda. Mayor Ted Clugston ran a ... Read More »

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A tale of two leaders

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 3rd, 2018

Thomas Pynchon once said in his landmark novel “Gravity’s Rainbow” about the vagaries and vicissitude’s of power, politics and decision making that “Decisions are never really made — at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all around a**holery.” As we end 2017 and move on to 2018, we ... Read More »

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Guest Column: When it comes to religion, I like mine warm

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 2nd, 2018

I need to address a sentiment expressed by some voters in Alabama two weeks ago (and uttered in similar circumstances in Canada occasionally), referring to the religious qualities of men like Roy Moore and Donald Trump. “I’m going to vote for (Roy or Donald or Jason) because “…he is a fine Christian man…” So what ... Read More »

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These are your monkeys and it’s your circus

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 2nd, 2018

Too many times in our stupidly busy and emotionally intense society, we believe that it is better or — let’s be honest — easier, for ourselves to not just say anything to people who are having a bad day or in extreme cases look to be in distress. “Not my monkeys, not my circus,” is ... Read More »

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Does getting older mean you’re getting wiser?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 2nd, 2018

I attended a funeral recently where everyone felt uncomfortable. The atmosphere was thick and interactions felt totally artificial. We were acting like robots going through the motions — lips moving, hands shaking, legs walking. There was absolutely no heart communication. So do we get wiser as we age? If you think so, you probably forgot ... Read More »

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U.S. needs federal funding to slow opioid death spiral

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 2nd, 2018

In almost every developed country, life expectancy at birth has trended predictably and steadily upward for decades, with slight hiccups from time to time, usually lasting just a year and often triggered by major epidemics. The United States, in the grip of an escalating opioid addiction and overdose crisis, has now recorded its second straight ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Loblaw, Weston burn consumers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 29th, 2017

Most Canadians were stunned and dismayed to learn that the country’s leading grocer was caught up in a price-fixing scheme with bread-maker George Weston Ltd., which is owned by the same company. The scheme lasted from 2001 to 2015. As a result, Loblaw Companies Ltd. fired several people and gave $25 gift certificates to millions ... Read More »

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Speed kills, but slowpokes on merge ramps are a danger, too

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 29th, 2017

There are some passionate comments in the Ticked Off and Tickled Pink column of the News sometimes. Several have expressed feelings of annoyance about a sense of being hurried by other traffic. Some have gone as far as saying they have the right to drive slowly and if others do not like it they should ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Tribalism is ingrained

By Medicine Hat News on December 27th, 2017

Since the beginning of mankind on this planet, we have lived in groups. As those groups evolved, they grew apart with increasing differences among them. As our ability to travel improved, the likelihood of interaction between these tribes of humans increased. They often feared that another group might threaten their livelihood or their survival. They ... Read More »

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