Only you can use your voice

Journalists are charged with reporting the news.

Journalists are charged with reporting the news. It is our job to provide you with the facts in order to inform you about all the goings on in the area.

Journalists strive to provide an objective, unbiased view of events. As such, we try our best not to allow our own opinions to enter the articles we write.

It is our job to inform, not to influence. Hence the saying, “We write the news, we don’t make it,” among journalists.

When we get to bend this rule is in columns and editorials, such as this one, where we are able to express our own opinions about issues and give the public something to think about. Such articles may create some healthy debate as well, which is something newspapers everywhere thrive upon.

Something that has generated a lot of discussion and debate lately is Lacombe’s Solid Waste Roadmap. While the Lacombe Express has written several stories and even an editorial or two regarding this topic, it is not something we wish to influence people’s opinions of one way or the other.

What we do want to influence people to do is make themselves heard and share their own opinions.

Whatever decision is made by Lacombe City council in September, it will affect all of Lacombians.

As such, any Lacombian who has any opinion about the Solid Waste Roadmap should make themselves heard.

And they do want to hear from you. City of Lacombe administration have gone to great lengths to both educate the public and listen to feedback, but they can’t force you to make yourself heard.

In a few short weeks, the information collected from the City of Lacombe’s education and feedback campaign will be presented to council, who will then be asked to once again make a decision on the Solid Waste Roadmap. This is the chance for all Lacombians to make sure their opinions are included in that report.

Time is running out to share your thoughts on the matter with the City of Lacombe. There are a number of ways to do this and for more information you should check out the City’s web site.

Want to share your opinion on the Solid Waste Roadmap with more than just the City of Lacombe? Send us a letter.

The Lacombe Express would be happy to print letters on the subject of the Solid Waste Roadmap.

We have already printed a few letters on the subject and would love to continue doing so. As we say, healthy debate is what papers thrive on.

Just Posted

Fire permit season begins March 1st

Permit requests can be submitted online through the ‘myLacombeCounty’ app and in person

Generals overcome hot goalie to lead series 2-0

Nolan Huysmans scores OT winner in Game 2

Property owners asked to review their 2018 assessments

More information is available online at

Central Alberta artist explores the cycles of Alberta through sculpture

Robin Lambert’s commentary on the province’s fragility is on at the MAG until March 18th

WATCH: Red Deer celebrates one year out from 2019 Canada Games

Community gathers at Great Chief Park to commemorate Games milestone

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Trudeau reiterates denial of Sikh separatists in cabinet, condemns extremism

“We will always stand against violent extremism, but we understand that diversity of views is one of the great strengths of Canada.”

Canada wins gold in men’s ski cross

Leman earns redemption with ski cross gold; Homan out early

Three-car pile-up on Northstar Drive and 58th Street

No injuries reported at Thursday afternoon incident

Trump says more must be done to protect children

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump indicated he wants to strengthen the background check system, but offered no specifics.

Evangelist Billy Graham has died at 99

Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

Canadians capture bronze in women’s bobsled event

Canadians Humphries, George take bronze in women’s bobsled event at Olympics

Widow of avalanche victim sues Golden lodge operator

A woman from Alberta is suing guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence

Most Read