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Don’t reward Big Three for not knowing how to be profitable

The recent bailout of the financial industry in the United States made me uneasy. White House officials said they had little choice as they doled out $700 billion to buy up bad loans that basically shouldn’t have been made in the first place (and I thought the U. S. didn’t negotiate with hostage-takers). Hard-working entrepreneurs and corporations cringed at the …

By showing us possibilities, Obama mobilized more than a nation

I have never been so interested in the results of an American election. I am thrilled that Americans voted for change, putting a black man in the White House, but I quietly wonder why anyone would want to take over the reins during one of the bleakest times in the country’s history. Fortunately, the grey clouds looming on the horizon …

Looming winter, spooky holiday and recession — October is scary

Knock knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? Don’t cry. Put your investment statements away and go give the trick-or-treaters some candy. Yes, once again we find October turning into a dark, gloomy month. It’s cold, dreary, and grey. The trees have lost their colour and have given way to a skeletal appearance perfect for Halloween. The knobby, exposed, bare branches …

Look around you — there is a lot for which to be thankful

Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday: focused on food, friends and saying thanks for having both (and still joyfully uncommercialized). Inspired by Thanksgiving, here is my thank you tribute to the world around me. I give thanks for nature’s stunning colours that we have yet to improve upon; the yellows and oranges of monarch butterflies and golden sunflowers, red velvet roses, …

No longer ‘leaving it to beaver’, Bell adopts a suffix as its new brand

Er . . . I just don’t get Bell’s new direction: bye-bye beav, hello er? On Aug. 8, Bell launched a new brand with the opening of the Olympics. A new logo, tagline, and advertising campaign were initiated to support its new strategy and goal. George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada, said in a company release: …

Want to win my vote? Promise and deliver benefits for this region

I’m so excited we are returning to the polls Oct. 14. Aren’t you? Don’t you want the opportunity to redo something you just did? I think I’ll throw out the lunch I just made for my daughter and make it again. Why not? While I’m at it, I think I’ll go back and repeat high school and recommend that my …

Desperately seeking summer: if not here, somewhere else

Weather-wise, this has been a pretty bad summer. I hesitate to even use the word summer because it is a stretch. Really, we’ve had a nice spring or fall, but certainly it has not shaped up to the season usually marked by weeks of gloriously hot, sunny days. There have been only glimmers of summer weather, so few in fact, …

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Sometimes it is best to lie on the floor and contemplate real truth

When you open your eyes and are staring at the ceiling (and you are not lying in bed) it probably means you have fallen — unexpectedly. More specifically, it may mean that someone has pulled the rug out from under you. For each of us it is a different degree of tragedy, sorrow, or pain that sends us to the …

In our mourning and grief we both lose and gain

This past week I find myself mourning three people I didn’t know: one child, one columnist, one professor. Two are from our community, one is not. Regarding the child, I wrote once before about the loss of a child, a tragic burden to their family and our community, because with that child’s life goes all the hopes and dreams everyone …

Joy and passion in your work will bring satisfaction

Do you love your job? Do you get up every morning excited to get started? If you are like me, and you love what you do from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m., you don’t need to use the four-letter word — work — when you are heading out the door. Donald Cooper — a man whose family name …