December 18th, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Alberta does not make equalization payments

By Letter to the Editor on December 18th, 2018

Re: “Facts speak the truth on past PC governments,” Dec. 5 Mr. Taylor repeats a pernicious falsehood which is held as truth by many on the right of the political spectrum in Alberta. I do not accuse Mr. Taylor of lying, only of failing to understand the falsity of what he repeats. He referred to ... Read More »

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Comparing approaches to spending oil revenues

By Letter to the Editor on December 15th, 2018

Re: “Cannot logically compare Alberta’s oil situation to Norway’s,” Dec. 7 Mike Somerville presented a well documented argument showing that Norway and Alberta are different. I have known, for years that Alberta and Norway are “apples and oranges.” The one thing Alberta had in common with Norway was that both were awash in oil. But ... Read More »

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Readers can decide truth from fallacies

By Letter to the Editor on December 15th, 2018

Re: “Few facts offered to support argument,” Dec. 12 Ms. Dirk begins her letter by falsely assuming two things. One that I am trying to manipulate readers and two that the readers are “untrained” (liberal-speak for unintelligent). I am merely responding to the factually incorrect assertions of Peter Mueller. Readers are well-equipped by our publicly ... Read More »

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Story omitted important pact information

By Letter to the Editor on December 14th, 2018

Re: “Hatters protest migration pact,” Dec. 10 Your unfortunate choice for Monday’s banner headline has me puzzled. I expected details on this pact, something that would justify passersby hurling insults at our prime minister. Instead, I read that one of the protesters isn’t against immigration “because my family came here in 1635.” It took me ... Read More »

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NFU represents viewpoint of only small percentage of farmers

By Letter to the Editor on December 13th, 2018

The News has run stories a couple times now about issues facing the agriculture industry. The ones I am referring seem to present themselves as the opinions of all farmers. They are, in fact, written from the viewpoint of the National Farmers Union (NFU). Your readers should know that the NFU only represents the view ... Read More »

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‘Illegal’ speeding ticket likely coming from MHPS ‘cash cow’

By Letter to the Editor on December 13th, 2018

Allegedly photo radar is not a cash cow. Perhaps then the Medicine Hat Police Service can explain why photo radar was set up on 10th Avenue S.W. at 6:10 a.m. on Dec. 10, flashing cars doing 50 on a road where the speed limit is 50 km/h? I also know I was only doing 50 ... Read More »

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Few facts offered to support argument

By Letter to the Editor on December 12th, 2018

Re: “Facts speak the truth on past PC governments,” Dec. 5 Thanks to Jim Taylor for his letter which providing wonderful fodder for teaching critical thinking skills, specifically, recognizing fallacious reasoning. The scary and unfortunate thing about fallacious reasoning is that it can manipulate emotions and convince untrained readers, while providing few to no facts ... Read More »

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Photo radar leaves ‘bitter taste’ for tourist

By Letter to the Editor on December 12th, 2018

Last September my wife and I had a rather pleasant road trip to the west coast. A month later, we received a surprise in the mail courtesy of the Medicine Hat Police Service — a speeding ticket and a fee for $111 for doing 62 km/h in a 50 zone. After 54 years driving through ... Read More »

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Gun control wasn’t much help in officer shooting

By Letter to the Editor on December 11th, 2018

The extremely expensive half-billion dollar gun control program failed to stop one police officer from shooting another. Not only did this officer have a long list of violent infractions against civilians he also reportedly had a long-running dispute with the officer he shot. He is unlikely to face the same punishment someone who is not ... Read More »

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Canada should be noted for its resourcefulness

By Letter to the Editor on December 10th, 2018

Alberta, and indeed Canada, are suffering because of the oil crisis, as 6.8 per cent of our economy depends on the oil and gas energy sector. With the large discount on our oil (about 70-80 per cent of value), it has been estimated that we are losing about $80 million a day in lost revenues. ... Read More »

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