May 10th, 2021

Letters to the Editor

Letter: We would be wise to use Rome’s example as an object lesson if we hope to avoid its fate

By Letter to the Editor on March 19th, 2021

Dear editor, One of the terms with which most of us have become familiar over the last few years is “alternative facts.” This type of information, or at best a version of it labelled “selective history,” informs Richard Dietrich’s March 13 letter to the editor. Conveniently in his version, the three causes of Rome’s fall ... Read More »

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Letter: Three concerns about UCP’s coal policy

By Letter to the Editor on March 19th, 2021

Dear editor, I have three general concerns about the UCP government’s coal policy. The first comes from their secretive repealing of a “hands-off” policy of 44 years. About a month ago, Albertans discovered a “done deal.” We learned the UCP had, on June 1, 2020, quietly cancelled the 1976 policy, with no public consultation, not ... Read More »

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Letter: Big business doesn’t always practice what’s best for consumers

By Letter to the Editor on March 19th, 2021

 Dear editor, There was notable nursing-home neglect in Canada long before COVID-19, although the actual extent was made horrifically clear when the pandemic really hit. A most-morbid example was the CHSLD Residence Herron long-term care home in Quebec about 11 months ago, where 47 residents perished. The neglect had become so extreme the Canadian Armed ... Read More »

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Letter: More history needed

By Letter to the Editor on March 13th, 2021

Dear editor, I have been assisting my grandson, in the United States, work through his history lessons. The study of the decline, then collapse, of the Roman Empire is a chilling reminder of similarities to our age. It has also reminded me of what studies we are missing in Alberta schools. Most historians suggest the ... Read More »

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Letter: We must have faith in those who step forward

By Letter to the Editor on March 13th, 2021

Dear editor, I’m writing in response to the letter from Drayton Vally bemoaning the current state of affairs in the province. No, not DND affairs, apparently writing about the current government. In my rather long life, I’ve always found it interesting how people dramatize situations and engage in over-the-top rhetoric. The writer appears to indicate ... Read More »

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Letter: Public must be vocal about coal mining concerns

By Letter to the Editor on March 10th, 2021

Dear editor, People from all around the world come to Alberta to enjoy the Rocky Mountains. But we also enjoy the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, because that’s where we get our drinking water. The province is quietly proceeding with new coal mining developments in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, which will result in ... Read More »

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Letter: Cuts have nothing to do with austerity

By Letter to the Editor on March 10th, 2021

An open letter to Jason Kenney, Recently when asked about your government’s planned cuts you replied, “Money does not grow on trees. … We have to protect the health of the province’s finances.” I was flabbergasted hearing this from a premier who lost $1.3 billion gambling on a failed pipeline, spent $12 million to dismantle ... Read More »

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Letter: Placing own interests first may be an Achilles’ heel

By Letter to the Editor on March 10th, 2021

Dear editor, Before Canada – or any other nation, for that matter - might effectively challenge China on its human rights violations, we first need a significant trade-export/import bargaining chip. But we - as one country of fewer than 38 million people, standing alone against China’s almost 1.5 billion consumers – likely never will.   I can imagine that a large ... Read More »

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Weekend Mailbag: March 6, 2021

By Letter to the Editor on March 6th, 2021

Weekend Mailbag is an online feature at the Medicine Hat News which includes letters to the editor that could not be fit into the paper in a timely fashion. Check out our website on Saturdays for more thoughts from the community, or share yours by submitting a letter to the editor by email at letters@medicinehatnews.com. ... Read More »

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Letter: We go to vigils and nothing seems to change

By Letter to the Editor on March 5th, 2021

Dear editor, We go to vigils and nothing seems to change.  Isn’t it great that there are so many things to do online these days, including vigils. I have been to three vigils in the last month. There was the vigil for homeless people in Regina, where there were 48 candles lit for people. There ... Read More »

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