Guest Column

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Our country is equally divided on most social, economic and political issues.

Nov 12, 2017 — Guest Column

Our country is equally divided on most social, economic and political issues. Both sides are adamant about their positions. This doesn’t create an atmosphere of solutions. It is really tough on businesses who are pressured (and sometimes legislated) to take sides. Once they do, they risk 50% of their business. Hobby Lobby, Target, the NFL come to mind.

A debt we can never repay…

Nov 11, 2017 — Guest Column

I’m talking about Today - Veterans Day. The day we pay tribute to Canadian Patriots past and present, who fought and keep fighting the good fight to keep us all free. Because here’s the bare-knuckled truth… the struggle for liberty never ends, and the wolves of tyranny are always at the door!

Let’s all honor & pray for all our veterans as well as all our brave military people everywhere.

God bless them all!

Thank you

Democrat “Big Wins”

Nov 9, 2017 — Guest Column

I’m sure Democrats around the country are celebrating what is being sold as their “big wins” on Nov. 7th. And I’m equally sure that Republicans are concerned about those wins translating into Democratic gains in 2018. That remains to be seen.

New Jersey was lost thanks to Chris Christie’s shenanigans and Virginia was lost because Republicans put forth an establishment candidate, Ed Gillespie, who had lost his run for Virginia Senator and then decided to run for Governor. The ad campaigns in Virginia leading up to this election were some of the nastiest I’ve ever seen. I believe that Northam’s win was largely due to his vote against Sanctuary cities. An unforced error by Republicans.

2 races does not a trend make, but it does put Republicans on notice. We, the people, have given you the opportunity to do the things we elected you to do. So far, you have failed miserably. Don’t blow it. You won’t get another chance and you are taking the American people down with you.

Only in Ontario

Nov 9, 2017 — Guest Column

This is the new update form LHIN produced and passed down to Ontario’s Community Health Service Centres across Ontario you may or not be asked to fill out depending on the location of centre.

So did Minister of Health Dr. Hoskins direct LHIN to produce this form,  and if so why do the Wynne Liberal’s need to know our personal information that is not related to health care?

The Duty to Protect the Border rests with the Federal Government

Nov 8, 2017 — Guest Column

It is very ironic that during the Obama years, when States tried to protect their own borders, they were shot down because, the courts said, security is the responsibility of the Federal Government. Yet, now we have President Trump taking responsibility for security and they are arguing that it is the right of the states.

It seems like this is a basic question that must be settled. When you look up “duties of the executive branch” every sites says: “Enforcing the laws of the United States”. Obama was correct that it was not the state’s right, problem was, he wouldn’t do it. Now we have a President who will do his job. We have immigration laws. It is up to the President to enforce them or up to Congress to change them.

Dr. Rene Boucher obviously was not thinking about his solemn oath when he attacked Dr. Rand Paul

Nov 7, 2017 — Guest Column

Doctors take an oath regarding their responsibilities to their patients and to society. The oath was rewritten in 1964 to be a more relevant document. One paragraph reads as follows: I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

Dr. Rene Boucher obviously was not thinking about his solemn oath when he attacked and seriously wounded Dr. Rand Paul on Dr. Paul’s own property.

This incident calls to question this, if a doctor, an anesthesiologist, doesn’t have the adult thought process and self-restraint not to attack another human being, then who does? Where are we headed as a society? It seems there is little hope when the most learned, the most committed to higher ideals, the life savers are attacking one another.

POTUS.45 TRUMP ~ A Cry For Help!

Nov 6, 2017 — Guest Column

Across the USA Americans are being shot down like dogs, and there is no end in sight! Obviously, government, police, etc. cannot/will not protect its citizens!

Suggestion: The President POTUS.45 TRUMP should immediately empower/deputize (call it whatever) military veterans, retireds, etc and arm them authorized to carry/concealed carry/both to protect our people when needed!

Today’s census violates Constitution by trampling our rights

Nov 5, 2017 — Guest Column

Today’s census violates Constitution by trampling our rights
OAKLAND, California —The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing for its next constitutionally mandated national head count, to be held in 2020.

Unfortunately, the Bureau’s 2020 Operation Plan reveals that an actual enumeration of the population—the only thing constitutionally permitted—will be but a small part of the overall effort.

The 192-page document filled with bureaucratic gobbledygook reminds us why the census should return to its original simplicity.

Clinton Campaign nearly bankrupted the DNC to stack the odds in her favor

Nov 3, 2017 — Guest Column

The news is slowly seeping out that the Clinton Campaign nearly bankrupted the DNC to stack the odds in her favor. That proved to be a colossal waste to money and human resources. It also begs the question, where were all the other Democrats? The party money is supposed to help state and local candidates as well as the nominee for President. So, not only did Bernie Sanders get cheated so did many down stream candidates.

The revelation of these antics should put the RNC, state and local groups on notice that this is the direct results of apathy. Everybody is too lazy or intimidated to do their job-including you and I. The void created by the lack of oversight opens the door for misuse.  The DNC is a perfect example.

The changing world energy economy

Nov 2, 2017 — Guest Column

The changing world energy economy
In recent years, particularly in the United States, we have seen substantial a change in public opinion regarding the production and distribution of energy, as well as its associated costs in the marketplace.

A good deal of that opinion can be attributed to publicity behind the push for green energy, coupled with misunderstandings of how energy is provided and paid for. However, the actual market changes that are occurring are more related to general business considerations, not public opinion.

The culture of damning the successful and expecting them to fix everything isn’t a winning play book

Nov 2, 2017 — Guest Column

I see and hear a lot of gloom and doom predictions about the proposed corporate tax cuts. So, I was wondering, if that tax income is so important and beneficial, why are things in the current state? Obviously, something isn’t working. It is time to try a new strategy.

I can understand the frustration of the people who are struggling and who see people living in luxury from corporate salaries or entrepreneurial investments. It is easy to call out the perceived fat cats. Economics isn’t that simple. A healthy economy will never have everyone on equal footing, unfortunately. Nor can a healthy economy survive without the rain makers, Warren Buffets, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, etc.

The culture of damning the successful and expecting them to fix everything isn’t a winning play book. They already provide jobs, enhance local economies, and support research and philanthropy. Perhaps, they could do more with less tax burden?

If Washington DC is a swamp, Hollywood is a cesspool

Nov 2, 2017 — Guest Column

Daily we see indications that if Washington DC is a swamp, Hollywood is a cesspool. And, for my money, they are far too intertwined. The cesspool has lots of money that the swamp needs. We all know that cesspools too close to swamps cause pollution. That is just what is happening, the swamp has become polluted. Time to clean up both.

Citizen’s energy dialog a disgrace

Nov 2, 2017 — Guest Column

Gospel in, gospel out.  That is how I would describe the booklet “Citizen Dialogue on Canada’s Energy Future”, published by the British Columbia-based Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue.  I was one of 30 citizens who attended the Centre’s Vancouver dialogue, which was one of five federally-funded dialogues that took place across Canada prior to a combined dialogue held in Winnipeg between October 11 – 13.  The booklet was required reading for participants in this $1 million project.

The booklet made it clear that the outcome of the dialogues was predetermined from the start.  All of its assumptions were slanted towards the flawed idea that carbon dioxide (CO2) is bad and anthropogenic CO2 even worse.  Greenhouse gases were mentioned throughout, but never defined.  There was no mention of water vapour in the booklet.  Yet Environment Canada itself states, “The most important naturally occurring greenhouse gas is water vapour and it is the largest contributor to the natural greenhouse effect.” Water vapour is 95% by volume of all the greenhouse gases.

Honor All Veterans

Nov 2, 2017 — Guest Column

\On this upcoming Veterans Day our families wish to remember all of our veterans, including our family members who served in all of the major wars from the Gulf War to Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, the Spanish American War and the Civil War.

We are disappointed with the removal of statues of Confederate generals, and thereby contributing to rewriting U.S. history.  We believe these statues were placed to commemorate the service of some brilliant military minds and they were not meant to be racist.  About 150 Confederate generals graduated from West Point and served during the Civil War.

Congress,Trump should fix Obama’s flawed Iranian nuclear deal

Oct 30, 2017 — Guest Column

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump has not killed the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.

Instead, he has asked Congress instead to identify its most important flaws and help solve them. 

Congress can — and should — work with President Trump to redress the gaps in U.S. policy toward Iran inherent in the deal without violating it.

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Top Five Essential New Zealand Pleasures

Oct 29, 2017 — Guest Column

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Top Five Essential New Zealand Pleasures-- Queenstown Ridge
My early memories of New Zealand from when I was quite little are of a magical, kind-of mystical place. I’ve been so fortunate to return, thanks to my career, and every time I come back, the more I discover and my love for this place just grows deeper.

To truly experience New Zealand, you have to get out: first, to meet the people and feel the vibe; then, to get off the beaten track to immerse yourself in the landscape. It’s about the same size as California but there’s this extraordinary variety from one place to another.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson just happened to be in a limousine with the widow of LaDavid Johnson

Oct 20, 2017 — Guest Column

Is there anyone, anywhere who believes that Congresswoman Frederica Wilson just happened to be in a limousine with the widow of LaDavid Johnson at the exact moment that the President made his condolence call? It boggles the mind that this story is being reported partially creating more fake news.

Whose limo? Probably not the widow’s. Who invited whom, again, it seems unlikely that a grieving widow would say, gee, I guess I’ll call my Congress Person and hang out for awhile. Even more unlikely would a widow put a call from the President on speaker on her own.

This was a set up at the expense of a widow and at the expense of decorum, respect and common decency. There is no way the President’s words would not be skewed. This is a new low for our country, just when you didn’t think that was possible.

Frederica Wilson should be replaced in 2019 or sooner. I’m certain her behavior doesn’t represent her constituents. I hope they remember when her reelection comes up.

MLB and the NFL are given special treatment and players are treated like prima donnas.

Oct 18, 2017 — Guest Column

In many cases NFL and MLB venues are subsidized or incentivized by taxpayer dollars. The argument being that local economies benefit. I hold little stock in those assertions. I’d like an example. Show me the tax returns of a company for the 5 years before a sports venue is built and the 5 years after.  Show me housing prices before and after.

Tell me how much the addition infrastructure cost. All of those will tell better than nebulous, feel good numbers. I wonder, if team owners had to foot the bill, how would player pay scales be impacted? I wonder where stadiums would be built if tax incentives (buying the business) was off the table.

I wonder how the country would function if we put sports back in the area of a game and not government supported business.

I wonder how the country would function if employees everywhere expressed their political views and social discontent while they are on the clock.

I wonder how businesses would function if their rules are not obeyed or enforced.

But we will never know because MLB and the NFL are given special treatment and players are treated like prima donnas. There is no stomach to either change the rules or enforce them. What a great example to the youth.

More gun control laws won’t stop Las Vegas type massacres

Oct 16, 2017 — Guest Column

OAKLAND, California—To minimize the chances of another horrific massacre like that in Las Vegas, ever-more imaginative risk assessments must be made and acted on by ordinary citizens, organizations that sponsor events and state and local authorities.

The most ineffective, irrelevant reaction would be for Congress to enact yet more gun control legislation.

While the federal Gun Control Act is as complex as antitrust law, it did nothing to prevent the murder of 58 innocents.

Alleged sex crimes: Trial of public opinion takes away the benefit of presumed innocence

Oct 16, 2017 — Guest Column

Any allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct make me angry. It is never OK for people in power to use that power to abuse others,  Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, or Harvey Weinstein.  But we are still a country of laws and principles, one is that you are innocent until proven guilty. It seems that when it comes to alleged sex crimes, the trial of public opinion takes away the benefit afforded by law, that of presumed innocence.