October 23rd, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: New party still has lots left to do

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 26th, 2017

Third of four parts  – Part 1  Part 2 Part 4 Faron Ellis and George Rigaux The most straightforward answer to the question of what comes next for the United Conservative Party is: lots. In very short order the party must conduct a successful leadership contest, establish an organizational structure and adopt a guiding set of ... Read More »

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MLA Report: There should be no support for Nazis or hate mongers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 25th, 2017

I will not support hate mongers and I take a less than dim view of people and organizations who support hate-filled groups like the neo-Nazis and white supremacists. I call on my fellow elected officials, at all levels, along with spiritual, business and community leaders, to unequivocally and unconditionally reject hate groups and affirm that ... Read More »

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Statues should remain for memorialized historical figures, good or bad

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 25th, 2017

There is absolutely no point in pulling down historical statues simply because some aspect of the person memorialized is no longer savoury. It is part of our history, like it or not — the good the bad and the ugly — and yes there is merit in remembering the bad things in history. Confederate symbols ... Read More »

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We can’t change sun’s path, but we can be part of local solutions

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 24th, 2017

This week, the eternal marathon of the sun across the sky gave a rare glimpse of extraordinary beauty, the majesty of the cosmos with a total solar eclipse. In Medicine Hat, however, this was nothing more than a — as usual — case of poor planning. Firstly, the moon’s coverage of the solar orb — ... Read More »

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Laughter may be only medicine to deal with world’s current absurdities

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 23rd, 2017

TIM KALINOWSKI tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com Twitter: MHNTimKal Some days you have to find ways to laugh. Given much of the “real world” is a joke right now, and not a very funny one at that, a sense of humour is pretty much mandatory as a coping mechanism. When thinking of old school humour, the first name which ... Read More »

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It’s all about the optics

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 21st, 2017

The controversy swirling around Derek Fildebrandt has finally prompted the United Conservative Party MLA for Brooks-Strathmore to step down from the party caucus. Fildebrandt issued a statement last Tuesday announcing his departure from caucus and noting “This young party cannot afford to be distracted from the formative period that it is in right now as ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Logical myths of vote-splitting

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 19th, 2017

Second of four parts – Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 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, ... 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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