January 17th, 2020

Letters to the Editor

UCP sure knows how to blow money on nothing

By Letter to the Editor on January 3rd, 2020

After 50 years of almost continual conservative governance in Alberta you would think that whatever conservative government is in power would have a sense of financial discipline. Yet here we are at the start of 2020 and Jason Kenney’s $30 million “war room” got caught using another company’s copyrighted logo. No matter which way you ... Read More »

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Politicians need to look at environmental consequences

By Letter to the Editor on December 31st, 2019

It seems to me that Alberta MPs and MLAs – and others – have such a strong sense of free-flow dilbit-oil revenue entitlement that they cannot see or really care about its serious environmental consequences. They, including PM Justin Trudeau, appear recklessly blind to the significantly increased risk caused by the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion ... Read More »

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Like the Canada goose, the left and right wings of politics should work together

By Letter to the Editor on December 30th, 2019

Re: “More to Scheer’s resignation than Motz lets on,” Dec. 18. Enough is enough, please! Canadian geese are a wonderful sight to behold: Honking out their encouragements to each other as they fly in formation, white, black, and grey emblems of our beloved nation with their giant wings spread out in flight. Left and right ... Read More »

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Writer misunderstands how science works

By Letter to the Editor on December 30th, 2019

Re: “Climate change ‘science’ is just politics,” Dec. 11 The letter from Lynn Thacker showed a misunderstanding of climate science, and made claims that are simply wrong. I’ll ignore the writer’s polemics and conspiracy theories, which have no basis in fact. But his claims about the Mann et al “hockey stick” are uninformed. He seems ... Read More »

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The king is gone, long live the queen?

By Letter to the Editor on December 28th, 2019

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Andrew.” “Andrew who?” “That’s politics, let’s move on.” Andrew Scheer has stood down as leader after a middling performance on the campaign trail, the stage is set for a new Conservative Party of Canada leader to square off against a weakened Liberal minority. Full disclosure. In the leadership election of 2017, ... Read More »

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Could be hard to follow Saskatchewan example

By Letter to the Editor on December 28th, 2019

Re: “MLA Report: Saskatchewan is an example to follow,” Dec. 20 As a recently migrated former Hatter I would like to point out some facts about Saskatchewan balanced budgets. While Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes praises Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe for a 2019 balanced budget he seems to have forgotten the province’s budget history. The ... Read More »

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Decision by Kenney, UCP was an abuse of power

By Letter to the Editor on December 24th, 2019

Re: “Tough words for firing of election commissioner,” Nov. 23 I agree with Mr. Ken Sears who described as corrupt the firing of Mr. Gibson, Alberta’s Election Commissioner. It is concerning to me that in the 2017 UCP leadership campaign there were, certainly, illegalities. Gibson has already levied $200,000 in fines against UCP members arising ... Read More »

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Newspaper a platform for rational, civilized expression

By Letter to the Editor on December 23rd, 2019

How delightful to start a weekend with the logical and thought-provoking editorial page essays by News staffers Jeremy Appel and Scott Schmidt on Dec. 14. This sort of thoughtful commentary is a welcome antidote to the partisan propaganda and polarized invective which too often passes for political dialogue today. I particularly appreciate Appel’s mention of ... Read More »

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Be mindful of your alcohol intake this season

By Letter to the Editor on December 23rd, 2019

December is here, and there will be numerous occasions where alcohol will be served. Most Albertans who consume alcohol do so in moderation by following Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDG). Those who drink above the guideline limits may experience significant and devastating effects, both to themselves and others, and their respective families. Individuals can ... Read More »

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Hoping barnes will help keep hospital laundry local

By Letter to the Editor on December 20th, 2019

It is as my mum used to say “penny wise and pound foolish” to be closing the laundry at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. People have gone over the arguments for keeping it open numerous times, but I will repeat a few. Loss of about 40 jobs with benefits to leave Medicine Hat; extra transportation as ... Read More »

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