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Well, well. Sometimes you get the impression incumbent councillors are swamped with the work the job entails. And that after four years of it, or seven years, they would look forward to not having all that on their shoulders on…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express Until recently, I took it for granted that the discs I use in my coffee maker go right into the garbage and then into the landfill. But given a report I’ve seen about the calls…

In hockey you have the defending champion – that’s like the party in power. Trying to replace the champ is the opposition – much like the Opposition party or parties in politics. Like hockey, politics can get dirty. There are…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader For pete’s sake ladies and gentlemen, please teach your kids that shoe laces do not (and should not) count as leashes for dogs or cats. If I have to hear about one more preventable canine or…

Readers probably noticed last week a story on the front page of the Spotlight section about a novel called ‘Oil Change at Rath’s Garage.’ We’re hoping author Shari Narine will come through the area on a promotional tour one of…

Even non sports fans can appreciate and celebrate the accomplishments of local young men and women who do well at the provincial level. At least we hope so. You don’t have to be a lover of the game of baseball…

Chris Clegg South Peace News “It’s not summer if your tongue isn’t purple!” – Calvin The cartoon character of Calvin and Hobbes fame isn’t too far off the mark. He made the remark after climbing a chair and looking into…

Regarding the accusation (in a recent letter to the editor) that Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen doesn’t spend enough time in his riding: we’re not sure if he does or doesn’t. What we do know is he was here last…

It is a strange enough experience to see a senator advocating for state-sponsored and controlled injection sites for drug addicts. But B.C. Senator Larry Campbell goes a step further into radical territory, saying the government should even supply the drugs.…

The thing about disasters is you never know what the next one is going to be. Chances are it won’t be the same or even similar to the last one, but you never know. Fire? Flood? Dangerous goods spill during…

To the Editor: Riverboat Daze was really great this year. Friday evening was perfect! My family and I loved the parade full of people who love the community, giving candy to the kids, spending their own money to decorate floats…

The world is full of a number of things (as RL Stevenson is supposed to have said) and one of them is books. There are some very good ones by Canadian authors that deal with Canadian (even Western!) subjects. One…

Tom Henihan Smoky River Express You know you are in enlightened and progressive company when an item of clothing personifies a group’s political and social views. Few things can articulate profound, social ideology better than a polo shirt or pair…

Who wants to be thinking about October in the middle of July? Not many, but Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman said a week ago that he hopes some people are thinking about it, because the municipal elections are coming up…