Op/Ed

So what?

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Mona Mattei, Editor

Radioactive mussels in the Kettle River? Yeah, we know that there's uranium around here. City council is short $270,000. Oh, well there's some more taxes on the way. Rail line to the United States is being closed. They'll find another way to ship. So what.

But that's just the point. We are getting used to the bad news. We take it in stride. The politicians come to us and ask for advice then do what they had planned anyway, but at least they can claim they asked. But its just like the old story about the frog in water.

GUEST OPINION: Post-secondary students are an investment in Canada's future

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MP Alex Atamanenko, BC Southern Interior

Over the past years life has become more difficult for our post-secondary students. This past summer saw the second highest level of student unemployment since 1977. Those that found jobs faced lower wages and fewer hours. Most students need a part-time job while studying and often work long hours resulting in lower marks.

Students are anxious about their finances and their future.

OP-ED: MP misguided in gun registry support

OP-ED: MP misguided in gun registry support

On Nov.4, our MP, Alex Atamanenko, voted against Bill C-391, which would scrap the long gun registry, throwing his support behind what has become known as the “$2 billion boondoggle”.

Why would our MP vote in favour of keeping the colossal waste of money?

He states that, “I believe the registry may be working. Between 1991 and 2007, the murder rate of women by firearms dropped by 67-per-cent total and the murder rate by rifles and shotguns has declined by 76 per cent.”

A breath of fresh air - cough, choke, gag.....

Mona Mattei, Editor

Two very interesting conversations happened at the Grand Forks city council meeting on Monday on air quality issues that have grave impact on our community.

COMMENT: There's a problem with our democracy – it's not really a democracy

COMMENT: There's a problem with our democracy – it's not really a democracy

It's been a disturbing week for anyone who cares about the potential of democracy to have a positive impact on the world, who tries to believe that democratic ideals might one day dominate human interactions and rid the world of at least some of its shameful inequities and hideous stupidities. This week, three news items seem to triangulate, pointing toward an inescapable conclusion: that democracy doesn't, never has, and probably never will rule the world – or even any significant portion of it.

Sesame Street reaches mid-life

Sesame Street characters are known and loved across the world

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?” Who doesn’t remember this song from your childhood, at least those of us who grew up with television? Our parents surely will since they listened to hours of the program while we were glued to the TV.
Sesame Street is celebrating their 40th anniversary this month having aired over 4,200 episodes since 1969. In honour of three generations of children’s programming, a street in New York was temporarily named for the show this month.

Welcome to the Sentinel!

Welcome to the Sentinel!

Many of you readers will recognize me from the last two years as one of the reporters for the Grand Forks Gazette, and others will be new to my work. I’m glad you chose to take the time to check us out!

I have been exploring the opportunities to write on the net for a few months now. Options are wide open – literally – and I’ve considered everything from managing web site content for a web magazine in Las Vegas to writing for the International, a United Nations based magazine. Then I was introduced to the Castlegar Source, edited by Kyra Hoggan whom some of you know from her days in Grand Forks journalism as well, and I was hooked. A local source of online news. Perfect.

Conspiracy theories more dangerous than swine flu?

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Conspiracy theories more dangerous than swine flu?

To immunize or not to immunize?

That seems to be the question that keeps cropping up into every conversation that I have lately, and it's all thanks to the H1N1 scare.

As the wave of the H1N1 pandemic roots itself in Canada and vaccination clinics open their doors, the conspiracy theories around the vaccine vary from really wacky to absolutely frightening.

COMMENT: Let's put some 'ee' back into Halloween

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COMMENT: Let's put some 'ee' back into Halloween

Walking downtown during kiddie rush hour the other day, I heard some junior denizens of the Mountain Kingdom talking about Halloween. 'What are you going to be?' 'A princess. What about you?' 'A G.I. Joe' Hearing this, my heart wasn't gladdened, but, rather, saddened. What's happened to Halloween? In fact, what's happened to fear itself?

COMMENT: The 'noble please' prize is now a joke

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COMMENT: The 'noble please' prize is now a joke

When the Nobel Peace prize was offered to rookie US president Barack Obama this past week, I just about lost it. I rarely go on facebook, but that morning I went on and vented my spleen to all six or seven of my online friends all of whom know and share my political views anyway. As I typed, all I could see was the videos I've seen about the suffering people of Gaza; all I could see was the protesters shot in the streets of Tehran. How much peace, exactly, has Barack Obama created?

None.

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