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Jeff Burgar Are you a glass half-full person? Or the same glass half-empty? Do you believe you will attract more flies with honey than with vinegar? Decide. Then look at some municipal government councils in the region over Lesser Slave…

Pearl Lorentzen Last week, Chris Clegg decried the invasion of serious causes within typical avenues of escapism. On the one hand, I agree. With COVID, social unrest, and economic uncertainty, it would be nice for former modes of escapism to…

Jeff Burgar Two weeks ago, you might have said, if the name came up, “Pat who?” Now? Well, he apologized for his trips out of country and his Christmas photo from Mexico, even while telling his people ‘Save Lives. Stay…

Chris Clegg Years ago Zag and Zog went on a hunt to provide for their families. They put on all the bearskins to keep warm and danced to all the clan rituals before leaving. Then they foraged into a dangerous…

UCP Travelgate brings up some interesting issues. I have been thinking about this since it hit the news and have come to some conclusions about my feelings and opinions on this. My feelings and opinions may not reflect the views…

Jeff Burgar We had a few ideas to pursue when 2020 opened a year ago. As example, we mused maybe our local politicians would think twice on their junkets. They don’t call them junkets, of course. Instead, it’s seminars, conventions,…

Joe McWilliams In this COVID lockdown or semi-lockdown, those brief encounters at the supermarket or the post office become more interesting and meaningful. For some, that might have been as good as it got over Christmas. For example, last week…

Re the Nov. 25, 2020 issue [South Peace News] has Lakeshore Regional Police chief Dale Cox presenting an award to a Peace River officer.Great! She deserves the award. But while the chief of police is galavanting around the countryside giving…

RE: Enilda Dump Closure My apologies for being naïve regarding ecological cleanup costs. It has come to my attention [from a reliable source!] that the starting cost of this service is $14 million! Doesn’t that just take your breath away?…

by Jeff Burgar People may as well start calling it the Twitverse and FoolsBook. Because that’s where, it seems, an awful lot of twits and fools show what they are made of at one time or another. MLA for Lesser…

Jeff Burgar Many news reports say all Canadians should have their COVID-19 vaccines, if they want, by September of 2021. That may seem an infinity of time to some! In perspective, it is about the same amount of time, nine…

Richard Froese “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…! Is it? Not really! But in 2020, it’s looking a lot like anything but Christmas. People will still celebrate the real reason for the season as Alberta bans all major…

Please ask [Vic] Abel, [Big Lakes County Public Works superintendent] if he understands what “close proximity” is. A deer in the headlights is close. The Grouard dump is not! Every village or town has its own landfill. If Grouard is…

Jeff Burgar This newspaper would love to get just part of the money Canadian taxpayers pay to keep the CBC-TV and radio networks running. Please! First, as full disclosure, many Canadian publications, including newspapers, do get subsidies from our federal…

Jeff Burgar Stay home! Lock your doors! Talk to your friends and relatives only by Zoom, Skype, Facetime, and if you are old-fashioned, telephone! Get somebody to deliver your groceries. Have them dropped off on your doorstep or down on…