I Appreciate Prairie Dog
In error I sent an e-mail regarding the previous issue to reception @ the Dog, and then saw the comment in this issue which noted the lack of feedback on the excellent coverage.
Of note, I applauded the articles by Charles Atlas Sheppard on two CDs by Lana Del Ray and an old favourite, Leonard Cohen. Likewise his piece on Werner Herzog movies.
Paul Dechene has written superb articles on the City Council meetings concerning the demolition of 1755 Hamilton Street block and another affordable housing unit which will displace many tenants at a time when housing supply in this group is virtually non-existent. I depend on the very thorough research which I have come to expect from the Dog & its journalists. You are an important part of this community! A quick welcome back to Carrie-May Siggins. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from you - the discussion is just getting started.
A special thank you to Emmett Matheson for eulogizing a beloved journalist, Ron Petrie, who will be greatly missed. The article certainly did justice to the author of the Cracked Axle hilarity and, not least, father of triplets, plus one. His legacy may become known as Regina's own Family Circus. My condolences to his family on their loss and my thanks to them for allowing him to share them with us.
I Too Appreciate Prairie Dog
I just finished reading Paul Dechene's "Learned Helplessness". It was a terrific article that outlined a great many ways that Pat Fiacco could have truly left a lasting legacy in his final stint as mayor - namely doing something to address the housing crisis in Regina. Instead he is still determined to push through the great dome fiasco as his lasting legacy for the city. How much money will the city ultimately lose to massive cost overruns and other related problems that will inevitably result if the dome goes ahead? Money that should instead be directed to help alleviate the desperate housing situation in the Queen City, making it a much more liveable city.
Thanks and keep up the terrific work, prairie dog.
I Appreciate Prairie Dog As Well But It Really, Really Needs To Stop Whining. It's Annoying
Stephen Whitworth wrongly chastises readers with "ALSO, YOU KINDA SUCK", the editorial note in last issue's letter column. Please do not use the amount of official reader feedback letters as a measure of whether or not we thought an article was the best news feature ever. What kind of assessment strategy is that? It was indeed a fantastic article and I usually only write in when I'm pissed off, not when I am pleasantly pleased.
But here we go...
For the record, I distributed Paul's article to everyone in my network as follows: "Another fantastic article by Paul Dechene of the prairie dog on Regina's affordable housing crisis."
I know many folks who greatly appreciated the article and, for that matter, all of Paul Dechene's excellent city coverage. If it weren't for Paul and prairie dog, there would be a complete absence of municipal news coverage to go along with our democratic deficit at City Hall.
Now buy me a Guinness, Whitworth
I For One Welcome Our Artificial Meat Overlords
In "Meat Trick", Gwynne Dyer writes that growing meat in a nutrient solution is "already being done in labs."
I wish he would have described how it's done in labs - what are the costs of the nutrient solutions from their source to their disposal, and how much effort is needed to control contamination? Diamonds can be made in labs too, but that hasn't stopped mining. And farmed fish need wild fish for feed.
It is really so simple that just a few "details...can be sorted out with more research and money?"
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