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Paul McCartney wrote the hit song Let it Be. After a dramatic musical introduction, it begins with, “When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, ‘Let it Be.’”

We’ve all made bad decisions in life. Maybe we took a wrong turn, hung around with the wrong people; and later wished that you had thought things through. 

There is a saying in social media — “I can’t un-see that” — often associated with online posts the depict some sort of rarely seen, almost impossible to comprehend act or event conveniently captured in a manner that generates “likes” for viewers.

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Dear Editor: We live in British Columbia, Canada. This summer brought unprecedented drought to the province. As a result, wildfires scorched the province at will, with thousands of firefighters unable to stop them and hundreds of evacuees finding escape routes wherever they could. On June 30…

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I took my wife to London, visiting our favourite spots, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and then dinner in Soho.

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My initial thought was ignore them. The news story on Nov. 11 should always be about Remembrance Day — the sacrifice of soldiers from the First World War to Afghanistan and a desire for global peace.

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Dear EDITOR: At age 70-plus, I am furious to read about these anti-vaxxers/anti-maskers being ignorant and rude at the Remembrance Day service in Kelowna (Courier/Herald, Nov. 12).

As is my habit each year at this time I publish, over this week and the next two, a listing of the best books I have read since November of 2020. Today, subjects both historical and current.

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Dear Editor: I’m a masker vaxxer. I’m not a scientist or a scientific informant. I do not research the internet ever for personal health or wellbeing issues. But I am very comfortable with where I am in relation to my fellow human community.

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One week into COP26 — the UN’s annual Conference of the Parties on climate change — and the event makes me think of a hairdresser’s appointment: a lot of fuss at the top, and nothing happening farther down.

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Thursday, November 11th, we will remember all those fallen heroes and those who have served in so many ways in conflicts since the two World Wars of the 20th Century.

Dear Editor: Yes, yes, yes!  We must curtail the use of fossil fuels immediately and prevent the looming global catastrophe.

M. Scott Taylor of the University of Calgary has recently published his research on international commercial shipping traffic off the B.C. coast and its impact on the southern resident killer whales.

Dear EDITOR: If you have been following the news lately, you might agree that the state of the environment could be nominated for some version of the “Sitting Duck Award.”

The autumn winds swept the dead leaves down the street, and they made a clicking   sound as they tap danced down the road —and if the winds are blowing just right — a single leaf can sound like steps in the darkness. 

Canada has a housing problem. For many lower income or younger people, the cost of suitable housing, whether they plan to rent or own, is beyond their financial capacity. For others, such as recent immigrants, larger families and those who need access to public transit to get to work, housin…

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‘Liminal space” is not a phrase we talk about every day, but is something I have thought about recently. The word liminal comes from the Latin word “limen,” meaning threshold. A liminal space is a time between the “what was” and the “next.”

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Earlier this month, Canadian economist David Card received a Nobel Prize for an essay he wrote in 1994, examining how minimum wage, immigration, and education affect the labour market.