Opinion

The dream of justice

“I don’t look like Halle Berry,” said Whoopie Goldberg in a recent interview. “But chances are, she’s going to end up looking like me.”

Parental alienation can tear a family apart

My dying mother waited in vain for the phone call from her adult grandchildren. They’d been part of a tangled, acrimonious divorce years earlier, yet they had kept a warm place in their hearts for my mom, until the end.

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Why hunt sandhill cranes?

To the Alberta government, for even considering opening up a hunting season for the magnificent sandhill cranes.

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Playing politics with smokes

Alberta’s government recently announced it’s going to crack down on the illegal sale of tobacco on Indian reserves and other locations where cigarettes are sold without charging the required taxes.

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It’s time for Albertans to make some choices

Catchphrases from the past often serve as useful substitutes for wisdom. In my case, as I think about these uncertain economic times, the phrase that has been bouncing around in my head is the 1968 Rolling Stones classic, “You can’t always get what you want.”

Stephen Harper might quit before next election

With Conservative polling numbers pointing in the wrong direction, could Stephen Harper take a walk in the snow before the next election?

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Nature vs. off-road drivers

For reasons unknown in the rational universe, Alberta tops North America (and probably the world) for sales of off-road vehicles. Alberta is also right up there in reports of deaths from the use of quads, ATVs and snowmobiles.

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Education pays

A new study suggests it pays to go to school. The Statistics Canada survey found that more than 80 per cent of college and university students who graduated in 2005 and did not pursue further studies had found full-time employment by 2007, while earnings generally increased by level of study.

Gang wars casting cloud over upcoming Olympics

With the 2010 Games opening ceremonies less than 10 months away, Vancouver’s Olympic glow is getting warmer.

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Ski hill has big potential

Making the purchase of Canyon Ski and Recreation Area work will require deep pockets and an aggressive vision of the parks network in this region.

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Visiting the United States is grand

A couple of Fridays ago, we backed the car out of the driveway and pointed it south-by-southwest and again were reminded that we live in a remarkable place and in a remarkable time.

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Stelmach just like Getty

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach appears to be trying to make his mark in the world by undermining everything accomplished by his predecessor, Ralph Klein.

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Province must fund sex-change operations

The government of Alberta recently announced that public funding for sex reassignment surgery (SRS) will be eliminated to save about $700,000 of a roughly $ 13-billion annual health-care budget.

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Piecemeal construction projects cost taxpayers too much money

The biggest road project the city has yet to see hinges on city, provincial and federal governments having the vision and courage to build today for tomorrow.

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Crime costs everyone

It is interesting to note that after months of frustration with having to live with a drug house on their Inglewood street, when shots were fired, only one person dialed 911.

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The Stirling engine runs on differences in heat energy; in effect it converts heat into other forms of energy

Real-world tech solution for Africa

Perhaps an ancestor’s invention holds a key While commenting on the Pope’s stand against condoms as a solution for Africa, I never thought I would find myself immersed in the subject. But here I am.

The Stirling engine runs on differences in heat energy; in effect it converts heat into other forms of energy

Pirates have little call on our sympathy

The United States Navy has more than half the major warships in the world, and there is a pirate threat off the Somali coast. Now that the US Navy has killed three of those pirates in order to free Richard Phillips, the kidnapped captain of an American ship, these two facts are coming together in a promising way.

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Potters Hands keep busy

The operators of Potters Hands, who are reaching out once again to help the needy in Red Deer.

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Wasting an opportunity

The lull in economic growth has created a rare opportunity to manage future expansion in Central Alberta.

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Put parks protection first

Conservationists have good reason to be nervous about the province’s planned announcement next week of its long-awaited parks plan.

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