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Jeff Burgar “The whole system was designed to produce quality products at the most reasonable cost possible. So you don’t go and add a lot of extra cost to go handle a once-in-a-100 year situation.” So says Steve Meyer, an…

Pearl Lorentzen On May 13, the Alberta government announced a royalty rate for helium because of “soaring helium interest.” In the not so distant past, oil was in demand. Years earlier, coal was the hot ticket item. Now, it might…

Jeff Burgar By some reports, 70 per cent of all cattle processed in Canada goes through one of the two plants in Lethbridge or Brooks. The Cargill Lethbridge plant alone was putting through 4,500 animals each day. COVID-19 troubles at…

Chris Clegg Day after day during her news conferences, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, likes to say, “We’re all in this together.” Medically speaking, yes. Economically, no! A big fat no! I find it insulting that…

This pandemic is leading us in many new and surprising directions. Last week, I called someone I hadn’t spoken to in perhaps 25 years. She had been my “best friend” in high school, and we had roomed together during our…

Jeff Burgar People used to actually volunteer to be at the top of local governments. Heck, they basically even “volunteered” to run for office to be a Member of the Legislature. Payment for going to meetings and looking after things…

Jeff Burgar On the surface, based on what little facts we have, Albertans should be absolutely disgusted with ongoing, and also recent, activities of Alberta Health Services. It is more than just the handling of COVID-19 hotspots, like the Manoir…

Richard Froese Weather is getting warmer and brighter and the hours of daylight are getting longer. Soon, people will start to mow their lawns and farmers will be out working in their fields. After a long winter with lots of…

Residents here in Peace River – Westlock have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. People worry about our essential service workers, the stability of our healthcare system, our jobs and the economy. Since the beginning of this crisis, our…

Jeff Burgar Usually, when one hears the front lines of a disaster are overwhelmed, in complete disarray, or simply outnumbered, many first thoughts are “call in the military.” Sandbags need filling? Trees blown over and need clearing? Thousands of power…

Jeff Burgar My first loaf from my old bread machine last week was a good laugh. It wasn’t even as good looking as The Blob, the 1958 Steve McQueen movie running on TV lately. My loaf was gooey! And lumpy!…

Jeff Burgar The “models” predicted at least 250,000 American deaths and possibly as high as 450,000. These generated predictions, by computer, napkin scribbles, or fiddled about on a slide-rule or a handy calculator, might follow the old rule of number…

Pearl Lorentzen “It is the ability to choose which makes us human,” says Madeleine L’Engle in Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. Throughout our lives, we make millions of choices. We can’t control the outcomes of our choices,…

Jeff Burgar The story from the small-business owner a few weeks ago was not unusual. The owner talked about how she faced enormous costs trying to keep all her staff working in the face of declining sales. She says one…