October 23rd, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: Shining a light on the dark side of municipal campaign financing

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 14th, 2017

Troy Media Anyone who has been involved in municipal politics — at least over the past couple of decades — has heard virtually every candidate say they support increased transparency. Why do they say this and then not follow through? Transparency makes the democratic process work better because the public can understand, and then react ... Read More »

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Gas thieves leading Alberta to more over-regulation

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 13th, 2017

There has been another tragic death after a gas station owner tried to stop someone from leaving without paying for gas but more government regulation is not the solution. The recent death of a Thorsby, Alta., man is very distressing and absolutely awful for his family. That goes without saying. Two years ago Maryam Rashidi ... Read More »

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Conflicting and mixed messages from candidates

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 12th, 2017

Medicine Hat is drowning in taxes, home to entrenched bureaucracy and a horrible place to do business. At the same time, however, it’s one of the best, featuring low taxes, a new, business-friendly attitude at City Hall and opportunities galore. Such is the line that divides city council candidates as the municipal election campaign draws ... Read More »

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Cheated by early October storm

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 11th, 2017

Well, the snowy weather and strong winds have sadly cheated us of the main part of our fall this year. With harvest almost over and the beautiful turning leaves usually makes for an enticing few weeks of autumn leaf gazing, idyllic hikes through nature’s last great ecstasy, and mild daylight temperatures which are a wonderful ... Read More »

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Turning a profit on pot should be the goal of Alberta gov’t

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 7th, 2017

Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has announced the first details of Alberta’s plans for selling marijuana once the product is legalized across the nation in July. This makes Alberta the third province, after Ontario and New Brunswick, to show its hand. Ganley announced enough details to satisfy those who want to know Alberta’s broader approach ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Important jobs need qualified people

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 7th, 2017

On Sept. 25 I underwent an eye operation in Calgary, which, while not fun, was a very beautiful experience. Over the past year my right eye had been developing a Macular Pucker, distorting the vision in that eye. That, according to some, might explain my leftist political leanings. I required a vitrectomy and a retinal ... Read More »

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Can’t fight the weather

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 6th, 2017

When we talk about wielding power most of us think of people in positions of authority exercising that power over us, telling us what we can and cannot do. This week nobody, not even the prime minister, was a match for the weather when it came to dictating. Snow and wind collapsed trees, caused road ... Read More »

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Stop the merry-go-round! Albertans want to get off

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 5th, 2017

Provincial politics in Alberta was once a complete void of much worth noting between elections, but no more. Admit it: The PCs had their majorities, the legislature sat for notably few days, and two-thirds of voters were content to be woken up every four years or so to return majority mandates to Lougheed, Getty, Klein, ... Read More »

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Guest Column: All I’m asking is for a little respect

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 2nd, 2017

Troy Media Radio personality and motivational speaker Earl Nightingale said, “Treat every person as the most important person on Earth.” This may seem counterintuitive. Doesn’t it make sense to only treat people well if they have something to offer us? Why would I treat someone with respect if there’s nothing in it for me? It’s ... Read More »

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International Affairs: How North Korea has impacted Japan’s election

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 30th, 2017

The North Korean crisis has thrown Japan’s beleaguered Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a lifeline. But it is a slippery one. Just three months ago, Abe was in the political doldrums. A series of scandals, including one involving a dodgy land sale, dogged him. His attempts to resuscitate Japan’s moribund economy had failed. Polling showed his ... Read More »

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