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Editorial: A tale of two Christmas lists

Christmas is coming and Sarah and Tim both have their lists to make. Tim, being eight, has a list not unlike many boys his age. It’s the list of items he is hoping Santa will give him the OK on and drop down his chimney Christmas Eve. Sarah, being 32, a single mom and working two part time jobs, has a different kind… […]

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Letter: NDP leader calls out Redford for broken promises

Editor

Albertans want change. Albertans want an end to broken promises and government secrecy, but Alison Redford has already broken her promise to hold a judicial enquiry into allegations of physician intimidation. Albertans want an end to patronage in government, but Alison Redford has appointed Gary Mar to a $265,000 a year position in Hong Kong… […]

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Letter to the editor: Open letter to Minister of Education

Mr. Lukaszuk

I have been relatively silent regarding the status of public education in Morinville since your transition to give you time to acclimatize to your new portfolio. Given comments recently attributed to yourself in various press reports (Example used for this letter is the St. Albert Leader, although I note, with apologies to authors for lack of citation, similar statements in other publications) it seems to me that you have most certainly formulated your opinion on the matter. .. […]

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Editorial: Too much work or too many workers

The proposed 2012 Morinville Budget identifies $5.2 million in staff wages and another $1.3 million in contract services for a total of $6.5 million. If we break that down it represents $764.34 for each man, woman and child who currently live in Morinville. But not all residents are rate payers. According to Andy Isbister, Morinville’s chief financial officer, there are 3,100 residential and 133 commercial / industrial properties on the tax rolls. Breaking our $6.5 million down by tax payer, we see an average of $2,010.53 each just to finance wages and contract services for next year… […]

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Letter: Reader concerned with salaries and reserves

Dear editor:

While I will try to be at the [budget open house] meeting Wednesday night, I wanted to be sure to pass along a few concerns that I have that may require some research just in case I can’t make the meeting:

1: Has anyone taken a long, hard look at the way we are trending with fulltime Town employees? […]

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Editorial: Be heard or be taxed

It’s budget time in Morinville and rather than decide how our money is going to be spent, our elected officials are leaving those decision up to us. They’re going to hold a couple open houses this week, bus in seniors and hire babysitters so mom and dad can come to see our politicians and tax dollars in action… […]

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Letter: Reader ponders concept of community

Dear editor:

What is community? Well according to the dictionary, a community is: a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage. Well OK, if the book says so, but that’s a pretty vague description… […]

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Coach’s corner: A disciplined approach to winning

By Scott Rodda

This seasons’ Jets cannot be accused of not being engaged or passionate about the game and, in fact, one could argue their passion and level of intensity at times has put them in less than ideal circumstances on the ice. Although one of the least penalized teams, the entire coaching staff and the players themselves recognize that discipline… […]

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Letter: Reader calls for more traffic lights

Dear editor:

As I go to work each day I regularly travel through the intersection at 100 Avenue and Grandin Drive. Over the past few years I have witness countless acts of stupidity, complacency and just a total disregard for others at this intersection. But what I saw this morning (Nov. 7) was only a second from becoming a manslaughter investigation… […]