August 30th, 2016

Opinions

Guest Column: A bitter batch of beer protectionism in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 29th, 2016

CALGARY The Alberta Small Brewers Development Program is a classic example of government intervention in the market: Many will suffer for the benefit of a select few. Many people have suggested that the program is a means to improve the provincial economy. But will it really promote economic development in Alberta? Let’s take a closer ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Mandatory voting is low-hanging fruit

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 27th, 2016

In the garden of electoral reform, mandatory voting is a low-hanging fruit that all parties seem content — for now — to leave on the branch. That may change if a special parliamentary committee on electoral reform appointed to make recommendations to Justin Trudeau’s government ends up deadlocked over the big-ticket item on its agenda. ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Congratulations to Medicine Hat’s Olympians

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 26th, 2016

Track cycling is a sport which sees competitors on bicycles with no brakes travel at speeds that would see a Medicine Hat motorist receive a photo radar ticket. And they do so while racing millimetres of each other on a banked track with little more than a skin-tight singlet and light crash helmet for protection. ... Read More »

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Governments at all levels have a spending problem, not a revenue problem

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 26th, 2016

The NDP government’s first quarter fiscal update has resurrected the idea of a provincial sales tax as though it would magically solve all the financial woes in Alberta. It does not matter how much revenue you give to any government it will never be enough. Governments actually have a spending problem — not a revenue ... Read More »

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Medicine Hat is a great sports city, and we should host more

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 25th, 2016

It’s time Medicine Hatters got active and organized in attracting tourism, events and tournaments to our city. A good start would be getting off your hands and heading to the Methanex Bowl tonight for the semi-annual meeting of the Calgary Dinos and Regina Rams in university football preseason action. It’s the fourth such game to ... Read More »

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Kids today have their own timeline for matrimony

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 24th, 2016

When it comes to “I do,” the younger generation is increasingly saying “Not yet.” According to the 2011 census from Statistics Canada, the number of 20-29 year olds living in couples has continued to decline. The census found 30.8 per cent of young adults in their 20s were in couples, down from 32.8 per cent ... Read More »

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Governments have no right to dictate dress

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 23rd, 2016

War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. Perhaps add it to George Orwell’s list of contradictory statements that it’s liberation and equality to dictate what women can and cannot wear. At least, that’s the logic behind several coastal towns in France enacting bans against the so-called “burkini” — a bathing suit which covers ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Relay For Life is a valuable event and needs support from Hatters

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 22nd, 2016

Since 2002, the Canadian Cancer Society has been bringing the community together to raise funds in the fight against cancer. One of the ways they do this is through an event called Relay For Life. The early years of this event were tremendously successful. The money raised was used for research and to support people ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Scary: Trump and nuclear weapons

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 20th, 2016

I was a school child in the 1960s. My friends and I lived under the shadow of the atomic bomb. We read about the total annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — 80,000 civilians vaporized in an instant in Hiroshima; 70,000 in Nagasaki. Nuclear illness is still being treated 70 years later. We experienced the frightening ... Read More »

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Public being brainwashed over recycling

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 19th, 2016

People have been far too quick to just jump on the band wagon when it comes to “saving the environment.” A number of stores have recently decided to charge customers for a plastic bag to put their purchases in. This has been hailed as good stewardship of our environment and applauded by many. One of ... Read More »

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