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EDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...ShadowlandsgoesglobalFortSmithsDomeProductionswillbeattendingMIDEMtheworldspremierinternationalmusicindustrymarketplacelaterthismonth.Theve-dayconferenceheldinCannesFranceisanopportunityforBillWadeandhiswifeLindaCalderwhoareco-ownersofDomeProductionsandtheirrecordlabelShadowlands.IssueJanuary12199920YearsAgo...CathedralfundreachesgoalInternationalmediaattentionhelpedFortSmithCatholicsreachtheir50000goaltosaveSt.JosephsCathedral.FortSmithwentnationalandbeyondovertheholidaysasaCBCreportonthecathedralwasrunontheAmericannewsnetworkCNN.IssueJanuary12199430YearsAgo...HaltstudiescouncilFortSmithcouncilhasunanimouslypassedamotionpushingforamoratoriumonalldamstudiesfortheproposedSlaveRiverhydroprojectuntiladealcanbemadewithAlbertatoprotecttheinterestsofFortSmith.CouncillorHansSeifertmadethemotionbecausehesaidhewasconcernedthatthetownwasnotbeingtakenseriouslybytheAlbertagovernment.IssueJanuary1219844TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChetehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermillionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrarieHytheJohnDorPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatieDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesRaeEdzoSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMornvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2013CCNABLUERIBBONCANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2013CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21donnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter..............................MariaChurch867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.15salesnorj.caAdministration................JeremyTurcotte867-872-3000ext.20adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caAnnaSierra867-872-3000ext.26designnorj.caTuesdayJanuary142014Firstletusagreeononething.Demo-craticgovernmentssupposedtobethepinnacleofwhatisgoodandjustarenotreallyforthepeopleandbythepeople.Peoplehavelittlesayinwhatgoesoninthehallsofpower.Toooftenthingsdonebyleadersforthepeoplearenotatallwhattheywant.Thatisaawindemoc-racyperhapsafatalone.Leadersdowhattheyfeelisbestforthepeoplewhetherwantedornot-oftenthingslaterrevealedtobecontrarytothebestinterestsofthosewhogavethempower.Therichgetricherintheprocess.Somethingisterriblywrongwiththat.Atsomepointtherewillbeareckoning-therealwaysis.Moderngovernmentscharttheircoursebyopinionpollsstrivingtoenhancetheirpopularityratherthanbegenuinetrans-parentandcandidlyofferupwhattheytrulyfeelisright.Whatisofferedinsteadisspin-marketinginsteadoftruth.Thenumberonegoalistostayinpower.Anythingwillbedonetoachievethat.Lyingandcheat-ingaretoocommonandoperatingout-sidethelawisunfortunatelynotunusual.Manyelectedleadersareeithermoti-vatedbydogmaorareinuencedbyoth-ersinpositionsofpowertomutualbenetoftenenhancingthewealthofboth.Posi-tionstakenanddirectionschosenarera-tionalizedinthenameofvagueconceptssuchasprogressdevelopmentandjobcreationeventhoughthecitizenstheyrepresent-thepeoplewhoshouldmattermostmaybenetlittleifatall.Theconsequenceofallthisisalackoftrustinallleadersincludingeventhegoodones.Thatatmosphereismovingrapidlyfromtaintedtopoisoned.Peoplenolongerhavefaithnolongerbelieveintheirgovernments.Thatisveryun-fortunate.Itmeansourcivilizationisonshakyground.2014-truthorconsequencesFactshiddenconspiracytheoriesprevailInthingsthatmatterdoubthasturnedtodisbelief.Conspiracytheoriesarerife.Fiftyyearsagopeoplewerewaryofbiggovernment.BigBrotheriswatchingyou.Area51inNevadawherere-mainsofcapturedaliensarebeingkeptwaslegend.WasJohnKennedyassas-sinatedbyLeeHarveyOswaldactingaloneorwastheCIAinvolvedinase-cretplottogetridofhimThedestructionoftheWorldTradeCen-treinNewYorkonSept.112001wasaturningpointformanythingsinclud-ingheightenedparanoiaofgovernment.Conspiracytheoriesbecamerampant.WasBinLadenassistedbyaninternalAmericangovernmentplotLookhowsomeofthebuildingscollapsedalmostcertainlybroughtdownbyexplosives.AndwhydidnoonehearthejetthatcrashedintothePentagonAsgovernmentsbecomeevermoreclosedthetheoriesaremoreradicalyetmoreandmorepeoplearebuyingintothem.ThereleaseofthousandsofcondentialNSAdocumentsbyEdwardSnowdenconrmeditalltothosewhodisbelievedemonstratinghowtheAmeri-cangovernmentisignoringtherightsofindividuals.Doneinthenameofsecu-rityapaternalisticgovernmentisdoingwhatisrighttomakethepeoplesafe.Manypeopledontlikethat.Thefunda-mentaltenetsofafreesocietyarebeingjeopardizedintheprocess.Itishappeningeverywhere.WhydidtheAlbertagovernmentnotimmediatelyreleasedetailsoftheObedMountaincoalslurryspillWhyhasAlbertaEnvi-ronmentnotdoneproperimpactstudiesinthevicinityoftheoilsandsindustryWhyistherenotpropermonitoringim-mediatelydownstreamoftheoilsandsensuringthehealthofthepeoplethereThosearenotrantingsofcrazyleftwingenvironmentalists.Theyarelegitimateandappropriateconcernsthatarenotbeingactedon.Insteadwhatisofferedisasalespitch.ThelackoftrustisprevalentevenintheNWT.WhyistheNWTgovernmentnotgoingtocarefullymonitortheimpactoffrackingintheSahtuasthedevelopmentisfasttrackedtobenetindustrySuchquestionsareinthemindsofmany.WillthepetitionsbeignoredbecausethatiswhatisbestforthepeopleYesthatdevelopmentwillprovidemuchneededbenetstotheeconomy.Governmentrevenueswillbeenhanced.Jobswillbecreated.ButisitbeingdonerightWillindustrybecarefullymonitoredBecausedeceitbygovernmentsistoocommonpeopledonotbelieve.Socialmediahasmagniedthefeed-back.Thelatestisthepossiblemelt-downofoneofthecoresofthecripplednuclearreactoratFukushima.ConcernoveraradioactiveplumeapproachingNorthAmericahasgoneviral.Thesto-rylineisthattheCanadiangovernmentispartofaplottocoveritup-tothepointthatradiationdetectorsitesontheWestCoastarebeingshutdown.IsthattrueHopefullynot.AnArabSpringcanhappenany-where.Unlessgovernmentschangetheirwaysandbecomehonestandtransparenttheywilllosethetrustofthepeoplealtogether.Thatwillnotbegoodforanybody.PhotoVeronicaJohnnyDrummerskickofftherstconcertonNeilYoungsHonourtheTreatiesbenettourfortheAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationinTorontoonSunday.TherockerandACFNsleadershuparetouringthecountrytobringattentiontotheFirstNationsstrugglesagainsttheoilsandsindustry.