Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

College Education: It seems I’ve been operating under a cloud of misinformation for quite some time

It seems I’ve been operating under a cloud of misinformation for quite some time. I thought that one of the benefits of a college degree was the exposure of young people to new ideas, new cultures, new people. I thought college would teach them some independence, open their minds and maybe even give them a marketable skill.

Yet, in what seems to be a growing trend on college campuses, there are segregated dorms, safe zones, and “no whites allowed” places. I ask, what is the lesson in that? We are not teaching tolerance and understanding. We are not teaching how to learn to get along. As a side note, on the SAT application, whites and middle eastern are one category (which is another subject for another day). So, are people of middle eastern decent prohibited wherever whites are banned?

I find it shameful, after all the heartache we suffered in the 60s over segregation, that we are now falling backward. I question the legality of taxpayer funded institutions using dollars to promote segregation, and it is interesting that students find this acceptable.

By Guest Column -- Alice Vann- Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Full Story

For decades raw lumber has gone to Asian countries to be returned as floor boards and cupboards

You could NOT write a better letter than the one written by M. L. Clark of Camrose.

For decades raw lumber has gone to Asian countries to be returned as floor boards and cupboards etc. Because we lack ‘refining’ ability of crude oil, it is shipped out as ‘cheap’ (along with technology jobs).

Repeatedly politicians report how rich we are in raw resources while resulting is dependencies on the getting the raw unprocessed products out just to add to their government coffers. YET the imports manufactured overseas with our raw material, where both human and worker rights and poor quality control have been allowed into our country with NO impunity – except to us as high tech jobs are NOT developed.

The ‘brains’ of our elected officials to understand this is while has been absent, (as so well put by M. L. Clark), and our ability to keep trained and brilliant minds in our country has been abysmal.

It is time to start to turn this country around fast and invest in ‘getting it done’ at home.

By Guest Column --L. G. Anderson- Friday, May 19, 2017 - Full Story

Rising tide of anger, violence in our country, an increase in rude behaviour, shorter fuses

It feels to me like there is a rising tide of anger and violence in our country, an increase in rude behaviour, and shorter fuses everywhere, especially in young people. I suppose some of this can be attributed to their age. They are idealistic and don’t possess the wisdom of a life lived in the real world. But, that has always been the case so what is new? A disconnect from the greater community, fractured families, violent video games that depersonalize such actions, total frustration, or a combination of all these and others?

When I talk to them on issues they repeat the babble fed to them by the media and circulated on the internet. They are so brainwashed that all the rich are bad, that corporations are the devil, that the earth will perish without climate initiatives, that free healthcare in an inalienable right, that socialism is the only correct path and that conservatives are ignorant fools.

Trust me, they believe these things with all their hearts. So, no wonder they are angry.

It isn’t their anger that bothers me, it is how it manifests itself. Have we created a generation without the tools to handle conflict except by violent actions?

By Guest Column -- Michael Chandler- Friday, May 19, 2017 - Full Story

Our military deserves our support, financially and morally

I have heard of people who are upset with our country spending money on our military.  So that got me wondering, how do you think we could prevent us from being occupied by an enemy.  And I also wonder, of the countries who could invade our country, which would be preferable to you? Do you wish that Putin was your leader, or Xi Jinping, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, or any other person on the world stage?

Try to imagine the outcome if we had not stepped in during WWII? Would that carnage have been acceptable?  There is a difference between protecting our country, helping our allies, and standing on our principles vs. being the policemen of the world.  A well protected home with a security system, locks, homeowners insurance, maybe cameras is less likely to be robbed than the one with the door ajar, lights out and no cars in the yard.  A cop on the beat will do a better job if he has proper equipment, is well trained, has strong support from his or her chief and from the neighborhood he or she is charged with protecting.

Our military deserves our support, financially and morally. And our future depends on our military.

By Guest Column -- R. Earl Warren- Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Full Story

Get a grip people. We survived 8 years of Obama who was far less qualified and far more intent on ha

It seems that every effort is being made to discredit our President. Let me ask, what will that accomplish?Well, it will advance the agenda of the far left. It will weaken our standing in the world even further. It will put our country in the cross hairs of ISIS. It will leave us open to raiding of our businesses, real estate and intellectual properties. It will cause a stock market crash. It will send our healthcare system over the edge without the benefit of an alternate. It will cause Trump supporters to rise up even more. The intended and unintended consequences would be catastrophic. Get a grip people. We survived 8 years of Obama who was far less qualified and far more intent on harming our country.

By Guest Column -- Arnold Avery- Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - Full Story

A Different Frame Will Not Change the Appearance of a Repeated Subject

Accumulating enormous wealth has ramifications in how it is acquired. We can assume no matter who ever possess it aren’t squeaky clean, due to the process in how whom one must deal with, to obtain it. It doesn’t mean they are all evil, but measured in how the wealth is used.

Long ago a man of good intent was brought forth to face the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem to defend himself, because He spoke of God and His influence was a threat to the power structure of various groups who controlled and counted on the ignorance of the people to maintain that position of power.

By George Giftos - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s inglorious return to mediocrity

After Justin Trudeau and the Liberals surprised the country with a majority government, Trudeau uttered those famous and dubious words “We’re back.” The significance and meaning of these words becomes a little more apparent every day he and his government underperform.                                                                                                             

A veritable litany of broken promises, misplaced priorities, reckless spending and scandals are becoming more reality than perception for this government. Trudeau may well have undercut himself greatly in the pre-election campaign with his misleading and reckless promises made to voters and special interest groups, many of whom have now quickly become impatient as they see little hope of these promises being kept. In his incessant obsession with diversity and gender equality Trudeau seems to have overlooked the equal importance of competence with the resultant mediocrity on full display by a number of his cabinet choices. Waffling on electoral reform and inaction on promises to the First Nations are but two examples of his inaction which is fueling the increasing impatience by many of his voters. His campaign promise of three consecutive years of only 10 billion dollar deficits has proved to be a preposterous work of fiction as the deficit hit 29 billion in the first year of this government. You can use your imagination to project what the deficit will be after four years. Particularly disturbing is that in his first 100 days in
office out of a total of $5.3 billion in spending $4.3 billion was spend outside of Canada, pushing back important spending priorities in Canada.                                                                                               

Media darling status is rapidly fading for this “sunny ways” Prime Milnister. Canadians want a Prime Minister who demonstrates leadership, competence and putting Canadian interests first. A generous man might give Trudeau and his government a grade of “C” but that might well be overly generous based on his performance to date. Unless he starts delivering on promises he can expect lower grades yet.

By Guest Column - Monday, May 15, 2017 - Full Story

Ted Cruz suggesting that we use the 14 billion dollars confiscated from El Chapo, Joaquin Guzman, to

Sometimes, thinking outside the box produces a genius of an idea. Like Ted Cruz suggesting that we use the 14 billion dollars confiscated from El Chapo, Joaquin Guzman, to fund the wall between Mexico and the United States. Regardless on your stance on immigration, the wall would serve to stem the flow of illegal drugs that is killing so many of our citizens.

The problem is so bad that at least one state, Maryland, has declared a state of emergency over the opioid epidemic and every state is dealing with crime and deaths because of the drugs.

No one can doubt that the major point of entry is the southern border, few are immune to some of the repercussions, and only the very lucky have not lost someone they care about or suffered financial and emotional stress from the epidemic.

How can we face our children and grandchildren without addressing and trying to fix or at the very least slow the rate of death and destruction? I cannot imagine a better source of funds to begin the process.

By Guest Column -- Wilma Howe- Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Full Story

The President of our country is charged with making sure all laws are “faithfully executed”

The President of our country is charged with making sure all laws are “faithfully executed”. Yet, time after time courts are preventing him from doing so. Whether you like them or not, we have immigration laws.There is one way to allow our borders to be open and to allow anybody and everybody to enter and that is to change our immigration laws.

Why aren’t we doing just that? Because it isn’t popular with the public who believe that you have no country if you have no borders.The likelihood of changing our immigration policy to any large degree is slim. So, previous administrations have chosen to ignore or not enforce the law. So, what was the point of having a law?  An unenforced law is no law at all.

Until those laws are changed, it is the President’s responsibility to see that they are enforced. So tell me, how there can be criticism for his position on the wall or on sanctuary cities? In fact, I would argue that for him not to take these steps would be dereliction of his duties.

By Guest Column -- Bruce Butler- Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Full Story

North Korea is speeding its nuclear program

With the news that North Korea is speeding its nuclear program and the concerns expressed by the Trump administration, the American people face a tough choice. Do we believe the intelligence reports and experts? We have a long history of being fed half truths or downright lies in order to get our support for actions taken. However, if true, then the United States cannot in good conscience allow Kim Jong-un’s plans to continue.

 

 

By Guest Column -- Carolyn M. Brown- Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Full Story

Isn’t it curious that we want less taxes, easier reporting, more jobs and economic stimulation

Isn’t it curious that we want less taxes, easier reporting, more jobs and economic stimulation. We are all in favor of the average person getting a break, but God forbid that the company building the cars, developing the drugs, searching for fuel sources, developing property so that people have a place to live, should make a profit.

By Guest Column -- Malcolm Williams- Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Full Story

I’m I the only one in the world who didn’t understand or really even know about BOTs until recently

I’m I the only one in the world who didn’t understand or really even know about BOTs until recently?And, I’m not sure I fully grasp the concept now. What I do comprehend is that one thing they do is manipulate data to get a desired result.

A survey can be blasted by Bots to skew the results. So survey asking our impression of everything from new products to political opinion can, and are, infiltrated by robotic results to produce a specific response.

Anything that you hear about the public’s opinion on Presidential performance to whether Americans prefer oranges or apples should be suspect in your mind. It is very likely the results are not based on actual human beings.

Which should leave you wondering what and whom to believe.

By Guest Column -- Andy Bishop- Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Full Story

Premier Wynne is touring the province as if she is the Fairy God Mother in damage control

Ontario’s provincial debt is expected by 2020 to balloon to 370 billion dollars up from the roughly 138 billion dollars from when the liberal took office. The taxpayer pays roughly 1 billion dollars a month in interest on this debt but this forecast was made before Premier Wynne added a billion dollars more a year to our provincial debt by rebating us back the 8% portion of the HST which the liberals added on to our hydro bill, to begin with.  Then she added another 25 billion dollars to our debt with her failed energy plan which made hydro so unaffordable.

Now Premier Wynne is touring the province as if she is the Fairy God Mother by handing out billions of dollars in advance of next year’s election
so the real question is how many tens of billions of dollars will she spend bribing Ontarians with our own money for the liberal vote?  The truth is Ontario can’t afford more debt, more taxes or fees.  We just can’t afford more liberal scandals and mismanagement and partisan ads in Ontario.

The liberals created the housing crisis in the GTA, by implementing the Places to Grow Act in 2006 which is restricting the housing supply, by increasing intensification and the density of new housing developments.  This Act says 40 per cent of all new developments must be within existing urban boundaries. It takes on average 14 months to get a building permit and a hundred thousand dollars in paperwork - fees and taxes then the buyer must pay roughly 48 thousand dollars in land transfer tax on a single home no need to wonder why costs are out of control.

By Guest Column -- Ross Ayotte- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Full Story

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. And the strategy of charging conservatives with sexual harassment is working. No need for proof, no need for a man’s day in court, no need for waiting to see the process played out.

These are textbook Saul Alinsky tactics who said, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.”  Why would they change their battle plan?  It’s working, folks, recently 2 big names have been brought down.  Whether or not the messenger is flawless, the message is still important.

With the help of Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton was a pretty very good President but a very flawed human being.The problems in this country are too monumental to be focused on rumors and allegations. Let’s fix problems and let the tabloid stories play out as they will.

By Guest Column -- Wayne A. White- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Full Story

Sick to death of the double standard for conservatives and liberals

I am sick to death of the double standard for conservatives and liberals. When Bill Clinton was using his power and influence to seduce interns and his wife was dutifully standing by his side, there was little public outrage or calls for him to step down. Impeachment hearings resulted in censure but not removal from his job.

 

By Guest Column -- Margaret Grover- Friday, April 21, 2017 - Full Story

Jason Chaffetz will not seek reelection in 2018

It was with tremendous sadness that I heard the announcement that Jason Chaffetz will not seek reelection in 2018.

I have considered him one of the smarter and more honorable members of the House of Representatives. He has shouldered
some heavy committee assignments and been persistent in search of the truth.

Being the upstanding person that he is, he understands that public service should not be a career. He has given his service
and returns to the private sector. While he may be from Utah, the entire country benefitted from his time in the House of Representatives. It is my sincere hope that, in the future, he will return to public service. In the meantime, I wish him well and thank him for his service.

By Guest Column -- John Bryant- Friday, April 21, 2017 - Full Story

Political correctness and blurring of the truth

Here we go again with the Political correctness and blurring of the truth. A person with the last name of Muhammed, shot 3 people in Fresno California. He was reportedly heard to shout “Allahu Akbar”. But will we label this terrorism. Nope, it’s a hate crime. Obviously, killing 3 white people because you hate white people represents hate. It also appears to represent Islamic extremism thus terrorism.

Does the media or law enforcement think the public is fooled because they call it a hate crime rather than terrorism. News flash-we aren’t. Killing people is both hate and terrorism. And, guess what, places like Chicago are terrorized by gangs. Many of those killings are terrorists acts, just different terrorists.

We need to wipe out lawlessness in this country before we are all the way back to the days of the wild west. Secure our borders, enforce our laws, put people to work, fix our ghettos, and lift up the downtrodden. Until we make the necessary social changes crimes like these will continue, regardless of the label.

By Guest Column -- Virginia Sparks- Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Full Story

Are we oblivious or selfish?

Are we oblivious or selfish? I sure can’t decide. In one small piece of time I saw a driver fail to wait 30 seconds to allow a big truck with a long trailer a little extra room to make a turn. A mere quarter mile down the road, I stopped for 4 pedestrians jaywalking and didn’t get one wave or nod,  zero recognition of my thoughtfulness. Then, there was the lady who stopped her cart just outside the swinging doors so that no one else could get out. And finally, there was the broken ATM with a line queued up because there was no sign stating that it was broken. But if you went inside, they said, “Oh, yes, it is broken”.  Was it just too much effort to put up a sign?

Common courtesy has become very uncommon. I’m sure this one factor adds to our feelings of anger, isolation, and disconnect. What a shame because it is perhaps the easiest of problems to fix.

By Guest Column -- Fred Kirby- Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Full Story