October 17th, 2017

Opinions

National Affairs: Show some composure, Canada

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 19th, 2016

A reliable Canadian reflex ensures that whenever something big and surprising happens in the United States, somebody here will decide it’s the fault of Canada’s political leaders. The most extraordinary demonstration of this reflex happened in the days after 9/11. Nine days after the attacks, Tony Blair sat next to Laura Bush as then-president George ... Read More »

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Right of recall would boost politicians’ accountability

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 18th, 2016

Whether you like or loathe President-elect Donald Trump the U.S. is basically stuck with him for at least one term before voters get another chance to have their say. Even in Canada, a government is voted in and can pretty much do as it pleases for about four years. We essentially elect a dictatorship for ... Read More »

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Will social media navel gazing be futile, or will it result in action?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2016

There’s an old joke in the journalism business that if everybody is mad at you, then you must be doing a good job. And while everyone is most certainly mad, it’s increasingly clear that media — both traditional and social — is not doing a good job. At the very least that extends to how ... Read More »

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Indigenous studies should be part of grade school

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 16th, 2016

Education has many purposes. Its primary purpose is to prepare students for the adult world, and give them a grounding in essential skills and abilities to help them navigate. Reading, writing, understanding math and science and physical education are important components, but they aren’t the only ones. Education is also supposed to give students perspective ... Read More »

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From the American: The American Crisis revisited

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 14th, 2016

I’m eating crow and a slice of humble pie with some old drinking buddies — anger, disbelief and fear — feeling like I did after the Supreme Court cancelled the Florida recount, meaning Gore “lost.” A numb hopelessness won’t let go. But it’s only Day 1. Lincoln is whispering in my ear, “we must not ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The only hope is that impeachment trumps chaos in the United States

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 12th, 2016

It’s the day before the U.S. election. Could be the beginning of the worst week of my life. Could be the end of the world as we know it. And I don’t feel fine. I feel like it’s the end of a dream — one that was born in the 1770s. The radical and troubling ... Read More »

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Shameful situation when intimidation, harassment KOs women from leadership race

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 12th, 2016

It is simply shameful that the two female candidates for the Progressive Conservative party have felt the need to drop out of the race. Sandra Jansen and Donna Kennedy-Glans dropping out of the race was overshadowed by the presidential election south of the border, but it has plenty of parallels to the venomous election campaign ... Read More »

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National Affairs: At least Donald Trump frightened political elites

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 11th, 2016

Donald Trump’s real accomplishment is this: He has terrified the establishment. And maybe that’s a good thing. Even before the votes in the U.S. presidential race were counted Tuesday night, the effects of Trump’s insurgent candidacy roiled the world. A shameless self-promoter best known for his appearances on reality television, the New York tycoon was ... Read More »

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Never forget the sacrifices made by our war heroes

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 11th, 2016

It may have only been a few months or a few years of their entire life, serving our country in war, but the effects would last forever. If you are ever given the privilege of hearing directly from a veteran about their experiences, what tumbles forth is as raw as it was decades earlier when ... Read More »

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Ready or not, change in the U.S. now in the hands of Donald J. Trump

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 10th, 2016

That which was once, and then often, described as impossible has become reality: Donald Trump will become the next president of the United States. The Republican businessman defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night in an extremely close race after an extremely heated campaign. Falling in the popular vote but winning with broad support ... Read More »

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