Vesna Higham

Time for fat-cat boot camp in civil service

Oh, what heady times for local columnists. With the many swirling issues presently vying for collective discourse, one scarcely knows where to begin!

For the most part, candidates shine on issues

I feel I owe the community some clarification. First, it was not my intent to inquire how Dianne Wyntjes voted over the past 10 years, but rather how she leans politically.

If you’re off the web, you’re off the map

Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

We’ve become zealots of political correctness

What does it mean to say we uphold free speech in this country? Ann Coulter has certainly opened the door to some interesting debate.

Freedom silenced

Something in our nation’s capital dealt a sobering blow this week to the prized freedoms we as Canadians take for granted. Something undemocratic. Something un-Canadian. Something wholly indefensible.

City council should examine base budgets

Last week, the president of the United States delivered his much-anticipated State of the Union address to the American people. Perhaps now would be a perfect time for our own State of the City commentary to the residents of Red Deer.

Nobel Peace Prize slightly tarnished

Reaction to American President Barack Obama’s recent Nobel Peace Prize award was as varied and controversial as the list of past recipients itself.

Many life skills learned on the football field

I have always loved football. I have watched a lot of football through the years, but have never been a football mom watching football — until now. And that’s a whole other experience.