Friday, January 28, 2022

Letters

Many Questions Still to Be Answered Regarding Proposed Pumped Storage Facility

Editor, After the 2021 federal elections, the government cleared and swept away all outstanding petition requests at the beginning of the new parliament. One was a 3,300 signatures petition submitted by the Save Georgian Bay Association. I understand that this is a standard accepted procedure, and there was no wrongdoing. The e-petitions, on the other hand, need 500 signatures in 120...

Another Reader Saddened by Gradual Loss of Use of Cursive Writing

To the Editor, I totally agree with Roberta Docherty about the loss of cursive writing. It is very sad that it will be lost if everyone does not learn how to 'write'. You stated that cursive writing is not very useful in today's society. I disagree. Cheques must be signed in 'writing'. Legal documents are signed in writing (even if printed...

Are Batteries Really the Solution?

Dear Editor, C’mon guys. Surely, I’m not the only person in Meaford with access to the Internet and Google. Batteries? Batteries??? Batteries????? From Wikipedia: “Other energy storage solutions, such as pumped hydroelectric storage, continue to dominate the market. As of 2019, pumped hydroelectric storage accounted for 96% of global energy storage capacity. Pumped hydroelectric storage systems have relatively long lifetimes when compared to battery...

Meaford’s Obsession with Parking & Creating Problematic Solutions

Editor, Have you ever noticed how confusing so many signs are around town? "Due to Covid, harbour customers are only allowed on the docks", which literally meant boaters were not allowed into town, they were only allowed on the docks. I think the writer actually meant to say "... ONLY harbour customers are allowed on the docks". Grammar matters. My personal favourite...

Reader Saddened by Loss of Cursive Writing Skills

Dear Editor, Please ask your readers to take a second look at what has happened to our children’s education. I had six great-grandchildren sign a Christmas card. They are from different locations and grade levels, from one to college. One—1—could write her name. The others printed and of the six, only the grade one could print legibly. None would be...

There is No Such Thing as 100% Efficiency

Editor, Our world seems to be endlessly enmeshed in controversy, to vax or not to vax, to pump or not to pump, with each side fiercely digging in with no compromise in sight. The truth becomes blurred with spin on every side but there are some realities we must face. Regarding the pumped storage project; first of all, it is...

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Reader Responds to Letter Regarding Pumped Storage Proposal

Dear Editor, Is the hydro-pump storage "Green as Kermit the Frog Sitting on Dr. David Suzuki's Lap?" Bruce Mason's letter to the Editor on December 16, 2021, and I share a passion for the same Pump-storage project. I agree that we need green projects and steer away from fossil fuels in the future. I agree with the engineering designs to store...

Reader Offers Reminder of Tank Range History

Editor, Meaford Tank Range - History (From Government of Canada Treaties, agreements and negotiations) Treaty #18 October 17, 1818: Nottawasaga Purchase/Lake Simcoe – Nottawasaga Treaty The Crown purchased 1,592,000 acres from the Nation of Indians for $1,200 pounds currency in goods yearly and every year for ever at the 'Montreal Price', as Montreal was the economic hub of Upper and Lower Canada. The...

Concern About Pumped Storage Proposal

Dear Editor, I see a different side of the pumped storage project after reading Steven Carr's letter to the editor dated December 16, 2021. Let's imagine that we could see the water pumped uphill and flushed downhill during the day. What could it look like, or what would it be? The engineers at Ontario Pump Storage tell us that a reservoir for...

Be Visible When Out For a Walk at Night

Editor, Is it just me, or are people getting dressed up in black clothing and then going for a walk at night? This makes it difficult for drivers to see them. On one side, you have a vehicle approaching with the new LED lights which are brighter, and like a deer, you are memorized by looking at them; on the other...

Reader: Green as Kermit the Frog Sitting on Dr. David Suzuki’s Lap

Dear Editor, It is long past time to show this group politely to the door, lock it with them outside, and then get on with real Council work. It is important to remember that not a single concern raised by this group has proven to be true or even a real problem. Their scary stories they hoped would inflame the public...

BIA Extends Thanks After Festive Celebration

Dear Editor, I would like to thank everyone who attended the downtown winter celebration on Saturday, December 4. It was nice to see people out supporting our local merchants and enjoying the Christmas spirit. As with all events it takes planning and dedication from groups in our community. Please join me in thanking the Mayor as well as Janet Sperling, Jenn...

Questioning the Efficiency of Pumped Storage

Editor, Recent letters to The Independent defend the proposed pumped storage project (PSP) and question the rationale for suggesting there is a degree of deception at play here in its advocation. In order to contemplate these points of view, it is incumbent upon all of us to understand the inherent inefficiency of pumping water up hill to later extract energy...

Letter Writer’s Accusations of Corruption Prompt Reader Reaction

Editor, Mr. Carr clearly does not approve of the Pumped Storage Project. That’s his right. However, I have no respect for someone who makes broad accusations of corruption without providing some basis for them. Mr. Carr accuses people ‘with authority over this matter’ of enjoying ‘extended remuneration’ (aka bribery), and explicitly says there is criminal activity going on. These are serious accusations...

SkyDev Not Only Game in Town

Dear Editor, I am writing to you regarding your Editor’s Note at the end of Steve Griffiths’s letter of December 2nd: Should Council Consider SkyDev Their Only Option? Mr. Griffiths’s point was that the SkyDev’s proposal is the first that Council has had to deal with, and considering all the issues, Council should not feel pressured into thinking that this is...

Doubts About Proposed Pumped Storage Facility

Dear Editor, Thank you, S. Carr, for your letter regarding the pumped storage propaganda on December 2, 2021. You are not the only engineer who has spoken against this proposal. The Ontario Society of Engineers (OSPE) deemed the pumped storage unnecessary. Instead, OSPE recommended that the Government of Ontario “implement electricity price reform that will allow consumers to use the...