Archive for August, 2005

Remember the victims

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

As Orwell wrote in 1984, “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” His dictum fits the current conflict over the content and tone — or “narrative” — of the planned 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero, site of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York City. Until recently, [...]

Albertans are annoyed, not ‘alienated’: Counterpoint

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

As Westerners who have experienced and written about Western “alienation” for decades, we were disappointed in Roger Gibbins’ column (“Why Alberta Is Different”) in Wednesday’s National Post. While superficially sympathetic to Western concerns, Gibbins’ message amounted to: “Albertans, if you want to fit in, vote Liberal.” If this sounded vaguely familiar, there’s good reason: It’s [...]