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MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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Making a commitment to early literacy

Letter to the Editor: My
Remembering heroes There is no substitute for the nurturing one- difficult for them to ever acquire an average ViewPoint
From the
Tip on-one attention from parents reading aloud to Publisher’s Desk level of reading fluency. by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
their children.
This is why we tip our hats to the Grande
Reading aloud to children is widely
of recognized as the single most important activity Dana McArthur Yellowhead Public School Division for
recently approving the purchase of the latest
the Hat leading to literacy. leveled literacy kits targeted for grade four Alberta organ and tissue
Research shows that the more words parents
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes use when speaking to an infant the greater the that nearly half of Canadians struggle with low students. donation –registry agent launch
literacy. In a report compiled for the Centre for
This demonstrates the ongoing commitment
child's vocabulary will be by school age. Family Literacy, Alberta employers agreed of the school division and teachers in
Robin Campbell, MLA Reading aloud also gives children the there is a need for improved literacy among the supporting literacy development for students Rob
West Yellowhead opportunity to practice listening –a crucial skill Alberta workforce. who may be struggling with reading and
for kindergarten and beyond. Children who fall seriously behind in critical writing. Merrifield
However, many people are surprised to hear early reading skills have fewer opportunities to Family Literacy Day is January 27.
practice reading. This can make it extremely (See story page 15) Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Unpaid leave to Letter to the Editor:
care for seriously West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative
Clean Shave an amazing experience In-house grading or contract grading weighed Rob

Building Canada Plan Dear Editor: Not all owner/operators are efficient and do a good job. Not all larger companies
Shaving my hair completely really know? By not wearing the The age old discussion continues: What matters, who is right, does anyone listen, are inferior to owner/operators. Merrifield
How's the staff: Do they matter, are they happy, are they helped and built up? Are
off back in January was an Views & News wig everyone saw. At times I felt who cares? they treated as you would like to be treated. Are they thanked for a good job? Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Some people never complain, others never stop! What is good, what is not. Some
amazing experience because it by Deanna Mitchener a little uncomfortable and I say most county residents are grading experts, the proof of the pudding is in the In the end the age old discussion will continue: Some on one side of the fence
opened my eyes and heart to a Rob found myself explaining to the grading! some on the other side.
new level of helping and curious why I was bald. God said there is wisdom in much counsel, do we seek opinion and perspective? If roads are plowed, people employed from within our county, tax dollars stay in Man in the
supporting those within our Merrifield But soon I found myself feeling What is truth, our leaders do they know. Who are the people who should know? Is our county. Does it really matter?
community. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead more comfortable in the way I their opinion valued? Let's be thankful people! Red Hat
At first really wondered if I looked. What did it really matter? The new buildings in Edson and Wildwood are very nice, most contractors would Yellowhead County is a great place to work, live and play. Letter to the Editor by Craig McArthur
could actually go through with it. I was still the same person. It love to have to park their equipment in. The cost of these buildings, are they Thought to ponder: any outfit is only as good as its employees.
Then I thought I'd just buy a wig –which I did. didn't change me in any way other than I no longer included in the overall cost to do business? A 50-50 split, is it good – does iron
It seemed hard to do. What would people think? had hair. sharpen iron? Thank you
What about the talk behind your back? The But the response I had from within the We hear cost, but are we really concerned about cost; or are we afraid someone PAT McPHEE
wondering if she has cancer? What about all the community, and those visiting Edson, made it oh so may make a dollar? McPhee Construction Ltd.
questions and possible judging? worth it. I had a few ladies come up and ask if I had Sometimes the people who work daily with private or government organizations
I had the solution for all that –my wig! I wouldn't cancer because they did and were wearing a wig. It are the last to be inquired of. How would county judge county, what we may learn is P.S. Time flies when you're having fun! If anyone really wants to know the right
have to worry. Just hand in the money from my gave them courage knowing that someone could it what we want to hear? way, come talk to me. LOL.
sponsors, a fast shave, and slap on the wig. shave their hair off and not have cancer. Independent seniors’ advocate needed
At times I wondered if I could go through with it. I Helping to raise money was one thing. Knowing Letter to the Editor:
had people watching and waiting. I even had my you helped someone with cancer feel better about
own cheering section with me. How could I turn themselves was priceless! to fix long-term care: Eggen
back? Words cannot explain the warm feeling this whole 'Accountability requires a consequence' says Taylor
As I look back on my experience, I am glad I went experience gave me and I want to encourage others
through with it. to try the 2015 Clean Shave for Cancer challenge Dear Editor: affected, especially during the fiscal year that begins one of the Jasper newspapers (FitzHugh), Campbell
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And I'm even more glad I never putting on that this coming January. In early January, the Conference Board of Canada this spring. himself was quoted as saying “when times are good we K
wig. As an added bonus you'll never have to spend stated that due to falling commodity prices Alberta is Now, wanting to use this unfolding crisis as a basis spend it like drunken sailors.” by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
The idea is raising money for cancer but it's also to time doing your hair for a few months. Plus you facing far more than an economic dip or slowdown. for staying in power, government MLAs including The fact is that despite what Campbell says ordinary MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
raise awareness. If I just put my wig on who would won't be short of people wanting to rub your head. This prestigious and highly respected research group West Yellowhead's Robin Campbell are fanning out Albertans weren't spending tax dollars like drunken
Be a part of the event and I know you will come says Alberta is very likely going to experience a across the province touring their constituencies in sailors. Most of us were paying down our mortgages,
shrinking economy. “It's going to be very hard for anticipation of a spring election. They claim they need living within our means and even saving for a rainy
Alberta to avoid a recession this year,” said the group's a mandate to tackle the "oil crisis." As they present day. It was the PC government that was imitating drunk
chief economist. themselves, it's important to remind ourselves (and sailors.
Everywhere energy companies are slashing budgets. them) of the obligations associated with accountability. For Campbell and his MLA colleagues to now
Suncor chopped $1 billion out of its spending plans and Every government MLA including Robin Campbell suggest that because of falling oil prices they are no
is laying off 1,000 employees. Three Calgary-based has known for a good number of years that oil prices longer responsible for what they said or committed
energy companies have indicated that between them were at or near historic highs. Yet during this entire themselves to do in the past, is to misunderstand or
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they too have cut roughly $1 billion out of their period, Campbell and his colleagues ran year after year ignore the obligations they have to be accountable for K
spending plans. This same thing is happening right deficits. They wiped out billions in savings. At the their words. Accountability always requires that a
across the province. same time, they knowingly and deliberately kept right person accept both responsibility and consequence for by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Recognizing that the price of crude could fall below on committing themselves to ever higher spending. their statements, actions, and deeds. Campbell is no MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
$40, Canadian banks have publicly stated that they've In numerous West Yellowhead communities Mr. exception. The Weekly Anchor
assessed their portfolios to determine how much Campbell has committed to provide a new school, an Everyone knows oil prices are cyclical. And we all Member of the
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