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Carman Valley Leader: In "The story means little to certain political commentators" (The Valley Leader, Jan. 20) Glen Hallick mentions Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's opinion that the superheated vitriol between Democrats and Republicans could have caused the Tucson Shootings. Does Dupnik think Sarah Palin caused the earthquake in Chile too?
Vancouver Sun, Sept 10 2011: Re: Harper slammed for plans to bring back sweeping anti-terror laws, Sept. 7: Contrary to being "slammed," the prime minister should be commended for this latest act. It is encouraging to see Stephen Harper take action to ensure Canadians are well protected from the threat of radical Islam and anti-terror laws are one method of doing so.
Surrey Leader, Sept 6 2011: One sign of a humane society is how we react when introduced to something unexpected and unwanted. The recent discovery in Surrey of a raccoon found stuck in a leg-hold trap and the subsequent public discussion shows us a number of things. First of all, it is completely understandable that when one discovers an unexpected and unwanted critter under their deck or in their shed the initial reaction is to get rid of it – for it is unwanted. Secondly, the reaction by those who have compassion for animals gives us a clear example of how even though a certain species is not wanted, there are better ways to deal with the situation. The call for a ban on leg-hold traps is one example of providing more protection for raccoons.
Lethbridge Herald, Aug 30 2011: It is sad that some children saw the abortion images Aug. 17 at the Farmers Market in downtown Lethbridge. It is much worse, however, that hundreds of Canadian children undergo the injustice we showed. Abortion is legal during all nine months of pregnancy and violently decapitates, dismembers and disembowels a human child. As explained in the Aug. 18 article ("Abortion protest draws criticism"), our project does not directly target children but those who are old enough to have abortions. Yet, it is impossible to reach teenagers and adults where no children will ever be present. Thus, when it comes to choosing between born children's feelings and preborn children's lives, don't lives trump feelings?
May 10, 2011 National Post: Mother's Day seems to be the opportunity to complain about parenthood or brag about the freedom of a life without children. I do not share either sentiment. The very early hours of my Mother's Day were spent comforting our sick child, who finally fell asleep on his dad's chest while I rubbed his little back. As the sun rose, he briefly opened his eyes, smiled at me then went back to sleep. That was the best Mother's Day present I could get.
Note: This letter sparked the Vancouver Province editor to write an editorial on a similar topic for their Mother's Day issue. Langley Advance, May 3 2011: Statistics show that Canadians, with our fertility rate at 1.6, are not having enough babies to replace our population. This has huge implications for our future as the populations of seniors continues to grow. One reason often cited is that people are waiting longer to start a family. In Canada, the average age to have a first baby is 28.
Kelowna Capital News, May 20 2011: Recently, a Kelowna radio show host discussed (or more accurately, strenuously advocated for) the effort on the part of the BC Liberties Association to challenge Canada’s legal restrictions on physician assisted suicide (PAS). During his show, he made a comment that was truly unsettling. After he described those who would qualify as candidates for assisted suicide, a caller mentioned the recently deceased Reverend Albert Baldeo and his long battle with Parkinson’s. In response, the host forthrightly suggested that the beloved Reverend was exempt from being assisted to die because his life was “more special” and he had “more to offer us” than most. Wow. Where to begin?
Barrhead Leader, Aug 2 2011: Area residents may have come across one of the 7,000 Stand Up for Freedom Canada! pamphlets that have been mailed throughout the area by our local citizens group (Barrhead/Neerlandia Association for Reformed Political Action). These pamphlets are part of our effort to open eyes to the way that the Alberta and Canadian human rights commissions are compromising our most basic freedoms. This spring, we have also met with the Attorney General of Alberta and the Minister responsible for the human rights commission. We are doing this as volunteers, with no connection to a political party. It is the government’s refusal to do anything substantial that has prompted us to take it a step further and urge the public to speak up.
Re: Thinking Pink May Impede Breast Cancer Support, July 28. National Post, July 30: 2011 - There are two reasons why I refuse to purchase any products with the pink ribbon, even though I know women who have had breast cancer. The first is that the whole "pink ribbon" thing has come to symbolize what has become a huge industry in and of itself. According to Charity Intelligence, breast cancer receives 36 times more money from donors than colorectal cancer. And those dollars have little impact on breast cancer prevention.
Cloverdale Reporter, June 2 2011: I am writing to express my concerns regarding the hijacking of local anti-bullying campaigns by homosexual advocates and various forms of media. The hard work of many in our communities and schools to encourage an attitude of civility and respect for one another is to be commended, but the abuse of these efforts by gay lobbyists to force their ideology on, specifically the youth, is something we should all be wary of.