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Letters

Fool Me Once...

Dear Editor,

The numbers clearly show that the Owen Sound Public Library is ripping off Meaford with its outrageous fees that allow Sydenham citizens access to the Owen Sound library.

As you point out, this is the same situation that was punted by Meaford Council a few years ago. When the  Council capitulated then they clearly gave the message to Owen Sound that Meaford was not prepared to terminate this extortion.


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Reader Challenges Notion That OSNGUPL Contract is too Costly

Dear Editor,

Further to your recent editorial concerning the library contract between our municipality and Owen Sound in which you concluded that we are being “ripped off” I would like to point out the following.

Using the statistics provided in your editorial, the cost per capita for Sydenham residents (1/3 of Meaford Population) is about $36. ($120,000/(1/3 of 11,100) where you have the contract cost divided by 1/3 of the 2011 census population. The balance of our municipality approximately 7800 people in St Vincent and the town of Meaford are serviced by one library which according to the 2015 FIR cost the taxpayers about $489,000 to run after grants and minor revenue. The per capita cost of this library is about $63. ($489,000/7800). With the Meaford library costs at about 1.75 times the cost per capita of the Sydenham contract, the Owen Sound fee is a huge bargain.


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Reader Thankful For Meaford Golf Course Remembrance Dinner

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to send out a sincere 'Thank You' to the Meaford Golf Course for the Remembrance Dinner for the vets this weekend. As usual it was wonderful. It is a blessing that there are people who care enough to put themselves out to salute those who give so much, today and in the past. Now it is up to us to honour the sacrifices they made by protecting the democracy they gave us.

Sincerely,

Roberta Docherty, Meaford


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