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Governments take too much credit when the economy is good and too much blame when it isn’t. Their job when campaigning for re-election (or election, if they are out of power) is to convince voters that they have the answers…

The Slave Lake Icedogs are in the final stages of putting together a Junior hockey team that will play its home games in Slave Lake this season. It’s been a long haul to get to this point, but it looks…

What do you do when everything depends on a computer working and it fails? When it’s a newspaper office, panic is probably the first reaction. However, that doesn’t solve anything, so you start looking around for ways to get things…

Expectations for elected people are often unrealistic. They have a lot on their plates and most of their work is not done in public. The part that involves showing up at community events is insignificant in the big picture. Just…

Things are difficult in the field of health care. Everybody knows it. For one thing there’s a chronic shortage of professionals willing to work in smaller communities. That adds pressure to those who do work there – too few people…

An interesting side note to the 2015 federal election in these parts is the candidate expenditures. These have to be reported, and are accordingly presented along with the vote totals in online sources. Arnold Viersen, the winner of that contest…

The old expression, ‘Having your cake and eating it too’ can apply to a lot of things and one of them is attitudes toward your community newspaper. This one, in other words. A lot of people like having it. They…

Another example of having your cake and eating it too is local cable television. Can it survive? A lot of people subscribe to Netflix, or so it appears from the talk one hears. Is Netflix the new TV? Are people…

The good thing about bears at this time of year is they are mostly indifferent to humans. They are so focused on eating berries that they don’t care much about what else is going on. That’s why, year after year,…

We wish the new provincial government the best of luck in its ‘common-sense’ approach in re-tooling some of the legislation left behind by the government it replaced. There’s a lot of wishful thinking involved, but that doesn’t mean something useful…

Speaking of elections, the federal one is not far off. On or before Oct. 21, but hardly a peep from anyone in these parts. Is that because the contest is more or less conceded already to the incumbent Conservative Party…

We’re getting the impression of a provincial government that is leery about spending money. That’s good as far as it goes. Getting costs under control is at least part of what the UCP campaigned on and must be part of…

Every time somebody steps up at a conference on the environment or climate change and calls for a stop to this or an end to that, it sparks a by-now-predictable response; i.e. ‘How did you get here? Did you walk?…

Westlock got hit hard by flash flooding in 2016. That was a surprise, because where’s the river? Where’s the creek, even? There isn’t one. But it happened, and it showed Westlock’s storm water management system left something to be desired.…

The Leader has been swapping papers with the Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for decades. Why we are doing this nobody can quite remember, but it might have something to do with our former editor, Marilyn Richer, having once worked for…

What are we going to do about the garbage problem? We recycle some of it, but that isn’t actually going so well. Instead of being paid for it, we have to pay somebody to take it. Apparently it’s still cheaper…