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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…

Chris Clegg Just a few weeks ago many people were up in arms over High Prairie town council wanting to give themselves a raise. Eleven – count ‘em, 11 – attended a meeting to voice their displeasure. Meanwhile, the coffee…

To: Hon. Tyler Shandro,Minister of Health of Alberta;Hon. Jason Kenny, Premier of Alberta;MLA David Shepherd,Opposition Health Critic;Dr. Christine Molnar, President of the Alberta Medical Association;Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health of Canada Dear minister of health, premier and leaders of…

Aaron Wudrick,Federal Director,Canadian Taxpayers Federation,Courtesy of Troy Media. As Canadians stay home to keep their communities safe in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, millions of people are out of work and countless businesses have closed their doors. Never before…

Jeff Burgar “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking real money.” An American senator gets credit for saying that. Apparently he didn’t really, but said it sounded so good he never bothered to deny it.…

Joe McWilliams What to do, what to do! That’s what many of us have been trying to figure out in these new and strange circumstances of isolation. No more crib games at the coffee shop. No more friends over for…

Jeff Burgar It’s cool again to be a farmer. Or a plumber. Or somebody who bolts or nails things together. Let’s backtrack. For a long time, too long in fact, the thinking was school students would grow up to work…

Richard Froese The worldwide coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic has hit home – all too quickly in the past two weeks. Alberta Health Services reported the first case in the North Zone was a Grouard man. Many people are growing concerned, especially…

Jeff Burgar A High Prairie town councillor says, “I don’t read the paper you read.” Usually, a few less intelligent elected officials around the country think not keeping up with the news, no matter what the news might be, is…

Jeff Burgar Some of us had a very bad week last week. As they say, “No kidding, Sherlock.” Stock markets crashing. Shares down almost 30 per cent. Old white guy Bernie Sanders getting beat up by another old white guy,…
A real head-scratcher if ever there was!

I am confident Town of High Prairie Councillor Brian Gilroy didn’t make many friends around the table at council’s meeting Feb. 25. But what he did do was bring up an interesting point. Gilroy disclosed he read through the entire…

Jeff Burgar It’s often said, Alberta doesn’t have an income problem. It has a spending problem. Too much money spent on schools. Too much money spent on health. Too much money spent on civil servants and all the departments they…