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An amazing feat

Residents of Rainy River and the west end of the district deserve to feel proud this week after the “Buy a Brick . . . Build it Quick” fundraising campaign for the new hospital there hit its $300,000 goal by the Dec. 31 deadline.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

It’s been 80 years since the armistice was signed to end World War One—the so-called war to end all wars. Of course, it wasn’t. In fact, the world was engulfed in an even more deadly and destructive conflict just 21 years later.

Korea followed after that, then Vietnam and the Persian Gulf war. There also have been four wars in the Middle East between 1948 and 1972.

A source of pride

It makes you want to go back to school, NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton mused as he wandered through the classrooms at the new Confederation College site, which celebrated its grand opening last Thursday afternoon.


The key to any negotiation, whether it be on the political front or in a labour dispute, is coming up with a solution that allows both sides to claim victory.

The buck stops where?

The local public school board would do well to adopt former U.S President Harry S. Truman’s bold pledge that “the buck stops here.”

At the very least, the board should give the impression that somebody is in charge of the “multi-use” project at Westfort. Right now, the only one people are getting is that nobody knows exactly what is going on out there.

Fuzzy judgment

The Supreme Court of Canada, in fine Canadian fashion, managed to accomplish what many people didn’t think was possible—issue a ruling on three questions probing the legality of Quebec’s unilateral separation that both sides could claim as a victory.

Walk the walk

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled last week the federal government was violating its own law by not paying its employees in traditionally “female” jobs equal pay for work of equal value.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Just a scant few months ago, the town said it was prepared to spend $4.9 million to construct a brand spanking new double-rink indoor ice facility at the arena field, demolishing Memorial Arena in the process.

As we all know too well by now, that deal fell through when the company hired to build it was unable to get bonded for the project.

Poor Judgement

As everyone knows, there’s two sides to every story. And that’s the primary reason why the Times has a policy to contact anyone who is specifically attacked in a letter to the editor and give them opportunity to respond.