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With a legacy of poor government, don’t allow PCs to ruin future

I hope that voters in Alberta will hold the Conservative government responsible for the mess that this province is in financially.

They have been in power for over four decades and they are the ones that have squandered, wasted and lost billions of dollars. READ

Anti-discrimination events show Red Deer is changing

To commemorate March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, two community events were held: an anti-discrimination workshop (March 20) and the cultural mosaic (March 21). READ

Tough questions for candidates seeking your vote on May 5

At the provincial election all-candidates meetings, which are sure to occur in the near future, the political candidates need to be questioned about what results they expect from their term(s) in elected office. Take notes recording their answers READ

Enough Conservative excess, it’s time Alberta made a change

I guess I should be listing these items just before our next election but I truly hope that Albertans will have time to think about all of the flub-ups just before they get a chance to pick the party that is suitable for ruling our (once) prosperous province. READ

Get tough on criminals and do some good for society

This is an open letter to Blaine Calkins, Wetaskiwin MP: I am sorry to say your government’s stand on crime is still falling way short of being a deterrent for criminals. READ

We all must do our part to save the Earth and its species

I think we are ruining our environment. We pollute and that polluting kills animals. I feel bad about that because there are endangered animals we need to save. READ

Adding more meat inspectors won’t ensure safe products, but consumers can play a role

I was prompted to write this letter in response to articles published in the Red Deer Advocate on April 1 (Meat inspection shortage putting consumers at risk) and April 2 (Canadian Food Inspection Agency defends food safety). READ

Decision on casino parkade shows democracy is alive

I would like to graciously thank Red Deer’s city council for mindfully engaging the public and considering all of the perspectives about the now soon to be built parking lot across from the Jackpot Casino. READ

Alberta land title increase nothing but another tax grab

So now Premier Jim Prentice’s government is sticking it to the consumers even more. According to the Alberta Real Estate Association, after July 1 it’s going to cost buyers 400 per cent more to register the title and the mortgage on a house when you buy one in Alberta. READ

Bill C-51 attacks our privacy, potential for abuse is too great

Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and the East German secret police of the Cold War would have murdered even more to get something like our federal government is pushing for. The Conservative Party has slowly been eroding and attacking personal privacy for years. READ

Lack of anti-pollution standards a concern in Red Deer

Re: David Suzuki’s article, The bus route to success, in the Red Deer Advocate on Monday, March 24 2015. David Suzuki’s claim that increased transit funding will significantly reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air quality is questionable as neither the province nor the city has taken measures to curb the most serious sources of air pollution. READ

Bring back Red Deer’s falcon cam, keep the focus on raptor’s revival

I am passionate about all raptors, but the peregrine falcon is my ultimate, all-time favourite. It all started in approximately 1960 when a falconer brought a young female peregrine falcon to our school and carefully explained that due to the widespread use of chemical pesticides, that her species had a very bleak and uncertain future. READ

Prentice should look to the spirit of Lougheed

Re: the Alberta budget. For most of us, the anticipation of our newly minted premier’s first budget ranged from a wait and see cautious optimism to waiting for the other shoe to drop. READ

Red Deer College forced to make difficult decisions

Re: the provincial budget announcement: I could comment on cuts to post-secondary budgets over the last six years, but I won’t. I could comment on why an investment in post-secondary education is important in a time when those who have lost their jobs and wish to retrain or reskill may not have the opportunity to do so, but I won’t. READ

It’s far past time to toughen our criminal justice system

Canada’s justice system is a big joke! What do you think? Should Canada’s laws be tough on dangerous offenders? (See the recent leaflet of Blaine Calkins, MP Wetaskiwin.) Wake up Canada! Innocent lives are taken every day; families torn apart every day; shootings and stabbings, beatings, physical and sexual abuse, robberies, drunk drivers, arsonists, cyber bullying, texting drivers. READ

Tracking down a vehicle involved in a collision

On the evening of March 6, a Friday night, at the intersection of 32nd Street and 30th Avenue, at 7:15 p.m., my son’s BMW was struck as he traveled through the intersection by a black SUV driven by a young woman who left the scene at a high rate of speed. READ

The value of higher education should go far beyond job training

I write this letter in response to the recent cuts to the degree program for a bachelor of arts in English as a collaborative partnership between Red Deer College and the University of Calgary. While the decision to cut the program is difficult and perhaps complicated, I will present four simple points regarding the negative consequences of this cut, acknowledging that these points need further discussion and elaboration. READ

Herald the welcome arrival of spring and all its rebirth

Hello and welcome to the vernal equinox — March 20, 2015 — or the spring equinox, and the start of spring. The Alberta starting times may vary, however pioneers at heart know birth and harvest is well on the way, so prepare for the enflourishment of bugs and birds and buds and wildlife. READ

Heroic actions saved our home, thanks to so many people

My family and I would like to extend our thanks to the many firefighters who responded and fought so hard and diligently to contain our barn that went up in flames in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, March 14. READ

Regulate gasoline pricing to avoid gouging in Alberta

So today a local gas retailer jacked up the price on gasoline 8.5 cents a litre to 94.9 from 86.4 cents. Others will no doubt follow suit because that’s what happens in the service station industry. I call it price fixing. READ

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