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Martin should just be quiet
Paul Martin is in the news this week for criticizing the spending habits of the man who took the job of prime minister away from him: Stephen Harper.
Ponzi victims done in by their own greed
The success of a Ponzi scheme is directly related to two key factors — greed and gullibility.
We can no longer deny the crisis in the biosphere
Insurance companies, politicians, and businesspeople often use the expressions “natural disaster” or “act of God” to deflect responsibility for events beyond our control. Today, human activity and technology have become so powerful that we are contributing to what were once natural disasters.
Volunteer project a winner
A $20,000 lottery grant to help students at Olds College find volunteer opportunities with non-profit groups is a good investment. Olds area charities may not harvest many long-term members, but other communities could find new leaders, who already understand how non-profits work and the challenges they face.
Dionne a true champion
To Red Deer’s Olympic medalist Deidra Dionne who has made one of the most difficult decisions in her career — to retire as one of the world’s best freestyle ski aerialists.
Grits can’t see leaders’ faults
Michael Ignatieff is not the Liberal problem. Liberals are the Liberal problem. Three times they failed to stare at themselves while looking for a leader. Three times Liberals opted for expediency over renewal.
No wonder voters are apathetic
It’s always a surprise when a politician publicly admits the cold, hard truth about his own party.
Liepert fails to deliver details on plans
Health Minister Ron Liepert’s recent fireside chat-style letter — published in the Advocate — was possibly intended to make us all feel warm and bubbly inside.
Killer groupies adore death row inmates
Even in his death row cell, satanic serial killer and rapist Richard Ramirez — the “Night Stalker” — receives bags of mail. And of the dozens of people who try to contact him each year, officials say, about 90 per cent are women.
Leadership in education matters
Most Albertans understand the difficulty of living in uncertain economic times. It’s time that Alberta’s teachers, school boards and the provincial government reached the same awareness.
We invite disaster if we disarm ourselves
Back in the 1990s, Great Britain enacted legislation that has effectively outlawed the private ownership of firearms.
Tories not getting message
Last week, the Advocate asked in a daily online poll: If there was an Alberta election today, which party would you vote for?
Many nations eager to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions
The Iranians have been watching too many James Bond movies. If you want to hide a secret uranium enrichment plant, you should bury it under some existing structure in the heart of the city.
Wildrose Alliance the real deal?
There’s a rumour circulating that as many as 10 members of Premier Ed Stelmach’s Conservative caucus may be about to defect to the Wildrose Alliance.
‘Social promotion’ failing students
As students head back to school, they and their parents will be unaware of a debate that rages in academia and among teachers: should teachers hold back (“fail” in common parlance) underperforming students to repeat a grade or is it better to promote them to the next grade with their peers?
Provincial spending cuts could hurt city
The recession monster has come home to roost at City Hall. That’s because the government of Alberta — faced with the unimaginable horror of having to control spending — is likely going to pull back more on infrastructure grants, which are crucial to municipalities.
Future not so easy to predict
The trouble with trends is that they never continue. Whenever statistics appear in a news story, someone is invariably asked to project conditions 10 years or more into the future.
More science needed on effects of genetically modifying food crops
In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called “SmartStax,” agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, “Wouldn’t it be better?” But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?
The fine taste of caring
To the organizers of the Red Deer Food Bank Mac and Cheese Luncheon, and the hundreds of local citizens who shared a meal and their money to help one of this community’s most fundamental causes.
Canada should be ashamed
We Canadians like to think of ourselves as good sports: honest and fair to people of all races, religions and creeds, etc. But could it be that we’re really no better than anyone else?