“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is back on the radio. Good win for the over thinkers. Now, how about clean running water for Canada’s first people or appropriate environmental controls? Help for the underprivileged? The list of what’s more important goes on and on and on and on.

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Maybe it’s an over reaction, but you really know where you stand in the company when you look at the size, style and brand of your Christmas card.

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The editorial column of the 1938 Winchester Press Christmas edition offered this quote from Voltaire: “The tolerance of all religions is a law of nature stamped on the hearts of all men.” The significance of that quote in a time of war against intolerance deserves further thought and discussion in today’s political climate.

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Hiring a good friend to a prominent position when you’re the premier may not be an offence. However, changing the rules and admitting that you were in the cabinet meeting that hired him is more than suspicious, it’s downright stupid.

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The Winchester Hawks are a lot like a slot machine. They keep winning just enough to keep you interested, but in the end lose more than they are victorious.

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Integrity is on the line according to acting OPP commissioner, Brad Blair. “The facts of the hiring process … raise a legitimate question as to whether the OPP’s integrity has been compromised and whether the public can have confidence in and respect for the OPP going forward.”

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Driving through Vernon, noticed the animated speed sign, saw I was over the speed limit by a bit. The worst thing was the sad face the speed sign gave me. That hurt more than the knowledge I was over the limit.

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Is the new Ontario government stuck on a cutting all programs binge that seems to be targeting just about anything and everything the former Liberal government did? I hope not. The odds are that while the former government made some pretty amazingly bad decisions there are sure to have been some good ones everyone can agree on.

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There is a class action suit being brought against a casino on the east coast. Apparently the slot machines they use are considered by some to be addictive and mind numbing, consequently helping the slot machine user to become an extension of the machine and pour their life savings into it. That should be an interesting court battle.