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Trash talk gets settled

Communication can help reduce a lot of trash talk.

Soccer team a beautiful addition

The new team in town playing the beautiful game will only enhance what is already a spectacular array of sports choices in the Okotoks community.

Town needs to rethink garbage strategy

Nobody likes to be told what to do. So it’s not surprising to see residents in Mountainview and Woodhaven speak out over the Town-mandated pilot project in their neighbourhoods that will see black bin pick-up reduced to biweekly.

Action needed on new plan

Town council gave the seal of approval on its urban design master plan last week. The plan outlines major goals for Okotoks’ downtown area, including the possibility of a new plaza, green spaces and sensitive infill leading into mid-rise buildings.

Maurice decision will take time

“The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.” This centuries-old proverb still rings true, and the reality is in a free society in order for justice to have some legitimacy, it is going to take time.

MD tax hike the right move

Tough as it may be for some to swallow, MD of Foothills councillors made the right choice in approving a small tax increase for 2018. Council had the option to not raise the MD’s tax mill rate, but it ended up unanimously supporting a 0.

Tragedy is felt across Canada

The Foothills community, like all of Canada, was devastated when it heard of the tragic bus crash that killed 15 members of the Junior A Humboldt Broncos — 10 of them players — on April 6.

Time to allow suites in the MD

Mother-in-law suites aren’t a thing of the past in the Foothills. In fact, there are a number of secondary suites in the MD, from lofts to basement apartments and additions onto homes.

Interest costs rising too high

The NDP government may have outlined a course to bring the provincial budget back to balance by 2023, but it needs to get a handle on rapidly rising interest costs that will linger much longer.

Crime plan too little, too late

The provincial government’s $10-million strategy to combat increasing rural crime is a step in the right direction, but it’s one that is sorely overdue.