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I beg to differ with Mac Olsen on several of the opinions he expressed in his commentary “Trump’s inauguration will be best birthday present ever” in Dec. 14, 2016 edition of South Peace News. First, Donald Trump is not a…

Jeff Burgar We didn’t have great expectations for 2016. Maybe that worked for the best. Not having high hopes usually means less disappointment, right? So, as 2016 opened, we didn’t expect much from our new prime minister, Justin Trudeau. After…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace Each year, we ask a few local church leaders to submit short messages. This year’s theme was the best gift received. It is predictable and appropriate many chose the Birth of Jesus and its accompanying…

Jeff Burgar Going back to early days of this newspaper, we have always supported big ideas that would drive the regional economy. The ideas come from everywhere. Local citizens thinking there are alternatives to farming or cooking, outsiders looking for…

Katrina Owens I’ve always been the type to pick a cheeseburger over a salad, milkshakes over milk, and pop over water, until recently that is. Over the last few weeks I’ve slowly included more healthy options into my daily diet…

Jeff Burgar It’s nice when your community sits on massive natural resources. This is the case in much of Alberta. There are oil towns like Edson, Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. There are oil and lumber towns like Whitecourt and…

Chris Clegg There are many youth in each community who do plenty of good with little or no recognition. From volunteering during community events to picking garbage, parents and teachers at local schools try to instill in youth the importance…

Jeff Burgar There once was a Grande Prairie county councillor who had an opinion about economic development. “You can’t do anything about economic development,” he would say. “It just happens.” In many ways, he was correct. So correct in fact,…

Jeff Burgar A High Prairie citizen is taking up the challenge of the seemingly impossible to handle, abandoned former Esso service station site in High Prairie. For those who do not get to drive by this site every day, this…

Jeff Burgar It’s now a week. Among those who follow politics, many still can’t get over Donald Trump becoming president of America. Americans, Canadians, Brits, and the rest of the world included. If you are expecting some kind of, “Oh…

Richard Froese With just six weeks to Christmas, many people are already thinking about the season to give. Children are busy as they research the latest sources to make their Christmas wish list and start to prepare for the school…