Editorial & Opinion

Letter: How do we say Thank You to Morinville?

I’ve spent the last year thinking about how say thank you? The words say what I mean, yet they don’t seem enough. How do you express your gratitude to a community who opened their doors and hearts, gave you a sense of hope, and tried to help you find some normality during a time of chaos? Can a simple Thank You portray the everlasting impact of genuine kindness and love that a community showered on my family? […]

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Editorial: A tale of two Christmas lists

Christmas is coming and Terry 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. Terry, being 32, a single mom and working two part-time jobs, has a different kind of list. It’s a list made up of all the things she has to pay for in December to ensure that she, Tim and Tim’s baby sister Jennifer have a roof over their head, clothes on their backs and food in their bellies. […]

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MLA Column – Changes made to Farm Fuel Benefit Program

BY Maureen Kubinec
MLA Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock

On March 7, our government tabled a budget that includes some tough measures to address our province’s current fiscal situation.
One of those measures is the removal of the Farm Fuel Distribution Allowance portion of the Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit Program. The 6-cent-per-litre Farm Fuel Distribution Allowance, which was unique to Alberta… […]

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Editorial: Taking a look back

2012 was an interesting year for Morinville, one of growth and change. Population continued to increase. A councillor resigned and a new one was elected in a by-election. The mayor resigned and a councillor was appointed and invested with the collar of office. A new town hall rose above the scaffolding and a new steam stack was erected over a local manufacturing plant…. […]

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Editorial: In praise of our mothers

You’d think that carrying a baby around for nine months, then enduring the unimaginable agony of child birth would be the last thing a mother should ever have to do for her child. But we know that simply isn’t the case because motherhood is a life-long job… […]

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Editorial: All politics is local

Former US Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil is said to have coined the phrase all politics is local. It’s a pretty popular train of thought south of the border, the idea that a politician’s success is directly proportional to their ability to influence government to act on the issues of interest to his or her constituents… […]

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Editorial: $870,000 is a lot of money

Some Morinville residents who keep up with what’s going on in the community were outraged at the end of February when it was disclosed renovations to Civic Plaza were estimated to be $870,000 over budget. Comments included the belief taxes would surely go up, the proclamation that heads must surely roll, and the request someone must be made accountable for this egregious example of a council gone wild and spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave… […]

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Editorial: Children should be seen and not heard

Listening to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta last week for three days waiting for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk to drop a bill on the table related to the future of education in Morinville was a waste of time on two fronts. Seven hours into the exercise, we were alerted via Twitter that the Minister “hoped” to lay it all … […]

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Editorial: Good news comes in threes

It is interesting how often a week’s news develops a common theme when it is laid out ready for print. This week we learned about three completely different things, all of which had one thing in common. The first was a wallet with money that was turned in intact… […]

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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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Editorial: A little community pride goes a long way

Many of us fall into the trap of focusing on all the things a community lacks or all the things the community and its leadership is doing wrong. Spend ten minutes in a coffee shop anywhere in town and you will hear rumbles and grumbles about photo radar, the school situation, uncut weeds, barking dogs and why a new subdivision doesn’t have sidewalks, parks or other things. We hear grumbles about how council spends too much money on one thing and not enough on something else… […]

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Editorial: What are we to make of society?

My father would often take pieces of bread, break them up in milk, add some sugar, then proceed to eat it. He lived through the depression and the meal is one he would have consumed many times. He continued to eat it on occasion throughout his life even though he could have ate pretty much anything … […]