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The race is on and the finish line is a matter of survival. It’s ‘make it or break it’ time for the little guy. Will it be a Merry Christmas or will the Grinch prevail? 

As we find ourselves in the midst of shutdowns and uncertainty, I often hear from anxious business owners as everyone tries to navigate the complex web of application forms, reporting, and now Canada Revenue Agency audits, for the various federal programs.

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Wednesday is Remembrance Day. I grew up hearing of the pain and loss of the First World War front lines, like many with a family linked to France’s murky trenches.

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On Tuesday night, as I went to bed, the election in the U.S. was still wide open. Joe Biden was ahead, Trump behind, in the electoral college votes — the only votes that matter, apparently. At no point did I see on screen a tally of the popular vote.

• The BC Liberals are shopping around for a new leader and, if they choose the right one, he or she could possibly be the next premier by 2024. The person who I think would be the best premier and would also be easily electable by the citizens of B.C. — Clarence Louie, chief of the Osoyoos I…

Dear Editor: J.P. Squire’s Oct. 24 column commented on the poor condition of the KVR Trail in many areas. It referenced the lack of maintenance between Chute Lake and Bellevue Trestle, although that condition exists in many places along the trail, especially near road access points such as t…

When my hair was as black as a crow’s feathers, I still remember to this day the campfire’s light flickering on Papa’s wrinkled old face. 

Dear Editor: Rutland Middle School will soon be 72 years old. Sadly, from many perspectives — health, safety, accessibility, environmental, and financial — this school is failing.

Dear Editor: It was Small Business Week in Canada last week, and if there was ever a time to consider purchasing from a local business, it’s now. We are six-plus months into the pandemic and many of us are still partially locked down — or bracing for a second-wave. I owned and operated two l…

Many of my retired friends, like me, are living on essentially fixed incomes. They have been calling me of late asking what I think will happen in the coming years with all the massive debt that governments — federal, provincial and municipal — have run up in their efforts to deal with the p…

Many of my retired friends, like me, are living on essentially fixed incomes. They have been calling me of late asking what I think will happen in the coming years with all the massive debt that governments — federal, provincial and municipal — have run up in their efforts to deal with the p…

It’s election day in British Columbia. Obviously, I can’t forecast the result of that election, but I hope for the best.

If I had to pick a winner in the Penticton Herald’s all-candidates forum, it would be Dan Ashton. An informal poll of other media people who watched the two-hour meeting unanimously agree.

Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson apologized to NDP candidate Bowinn Ma. So did Liberal candidate Jane Thornthwaite, who had portrayed Ma in an uncomplimentary way.

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Mom admitted to me not that long ago that “chop suey night” growing up in our house meant we had no food in the cupboards.

“And the sign said anyone caught trespassing will be shot on sight. So I jumped on the fence and I yelled at the man, what gives you the right to put up a fence to keep me out and to keep Mother Nature in?”