Opinion

NATO choking on its own success

The French city of Strasbourg and the German town of Kehl, which face each other across the river Rhine, will be in lock-down this weekend as the grandees of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) gather to celebrate the alliance’s 60th anniversary and protesters home in on the site from all over Europe.

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Arlington’s fate a public issue

The city’s muddled handling of the fate of the Arlington Inn is a case study in how not to make public decisions.

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Abstinence is the answer to AIDS in Africa

There has been much controversy lately over the Pope’s remarks that condoms are not the answer to the issues of HIV/AIDS — particularly in Africa.

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Vigilantes on risky path

People like to associate vigilantism with the Wild West, but when you do some checking, actual participation in vigilante-style justice is pretty rare out here. There’s so little local support for citizen action here, that Red Deer can’t even keep afloat a chapter of the Guardian Angels.

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Full-time pay, part-time work

A newspaper headline published last week said it best: “Full-time pay for part-time work.”

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Obama as diplomat

President Obama debuts this week on the stage of world diplomacy. He’s in London for three days for the G-20 economic summit, and then on to Strasbourg for a NATO summit, followed by the European Union summit in Prague, capping his first overseas trip as president with a visit to Turkey.

I wish the newspaper industry was healthier

One of the side effects of the current economic woes has been the hastening of the death knells of many major American newspapers.

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TV host’s apology no good

Fox news broadcaster Greg Gutfeld says the time is ripe for the U.S. to invade Canada.

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Cat owners should be required to licence their pets

The City of Red Deer has a double standard when it comes to dogs and cats. Dogs must be licensed. Cats do not require licences.

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Pregnancy, smoking a bad mix

A new program to encourage local young mothers-to-be to quit smoking is a good first step — but much more needs to be done.

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A tragic injustice

World Water Day has come and gone with a number of media reports about how important this “blue gold” resource is to all of us. Without water we all will die.

Lack of ethics to blame for economy’s collapse

In the wake of all the economic devastation wrought by a combination of record high energy prices and massive over-leveraging in the commercial banking industry, we’ve been treated to a surplus of talking heads all too willing to blame it all on the excesses of capitalism.

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Bentley Generals inspire

To the Bentley Generals, for continued excellence despite long odds.

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It’s time to revamp system

One of the chief complaints people have against the Canadian court system is that it takes such a long time coming to a verdict.

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NDP leader’s star turns to dust

Over the past six years, Jack Layton’s star has risen in tandem with that of Stephen Harper. Now, they may be on parallel downward courses.

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CBC deserves our support

Since taking office in 2006, and being re-elected in 2008, Canada’s federal Conservatives have done a reasonably good job of restoring public confidence in government.

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Unemployment insurance crisis looms in the United States

Amid much self-congratulation about bipartisan co-operation, the California Assembly voted 76-0 Monday to allow the federal government to extend unemployment insurance benefits by up to 20 weeks.

Why Conservatives won’t kill gun registry

Nothing is ever quite as it appears in federal politics. Take, for example, the cosy relationship between guns and Conservatives.

A deathbed is no place to start estate planning

Unless you’re planning to live forever, you should come up with a plan to distribute your assets in the event of your death.

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Make helmets mandatory

In Canada’s free health-care system, nothing is free; we all know that. We pay for it in taxes: federal, provincial and local.

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