Friday, June 25, 2021

Letters

Read the (Print) Paper!

Dear Editor, I got a message about something I was talking about, going on in town. He said he had not seen it on line. Please remind people that THAT IS WHY WE HAVE PAPER NEWSPAPERS! You get things in the paper that are not on-line. Go back to hard copy to see what needs to be seen. Sincerely Roberta Docherty, Meaford

The Importance of Pollinators

Editor, We thoroughly enjoyed John Butler’s uplifting article on pollinator gardens (Let’s Celebrate Pollinators, June 17, 2021). Congratulations to volunteers from Transition Meaford for demonstrating so beautifully how we can each do our bit in our corner of the world to repair our ecosystems and help our fellow critters help us put food on our tables. Simply put—no pollinators, no fruit,...

Reader: TCE’s Safety Record is Poor

Dear Editor: Mr. Bruce Mason’s letter of April 22 expressed the belief that TCE has the engineering talent to safely build and operate the dam, the reservoir, the pumping station and the extensive water lines into Georgian Bay for the intake and outflow of Georgian Bay water. He compares those engineers to NASA engineers flying the drone on Mars. Mr. Mason,...

Number of Municipal Staff Concerns Reader

To the editor, I've been researching why Meaford property taxes are so much higher than other municipalities. My suspicions were right; the depth to which the problems lie was scary. This municipality was formed in 2001 with 41 employees. We now officially have 103, number 104 being hired soon. I inquired to other local municipalities (looking for land and it won't...

Thoughts on Residential School History

Editor, In all the rhetoric and hand wringing that has transpired since the discovery of the 215 children's bodies, I have heard next to nothing about full inquiry nor accountability. Many of the perpetrators of this atrocity are still alive. Why are they not being held to account? I wrote to the Prime Minister's office on the subject and received a typical...

Thoughts on Recent Tragedy

Dear Editor, Watching the horror of a family being murdered for no sensible reason, I realized that they were killed twice. Every life has a purpose, even if we don’t know what it is, especially when they are as hard working, gifted, socially responsible and educated as the Afzaal family was. They had dreams and potential never fulfilled, depriving the world...

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A Statue is Not a Conversation

Editor, Come sit with me on this bench in Charlottetown, beside our first Prime Minister and talk. Here he is, sitting comfortably at one end, legs crossed, his top hat beside him, head turned toward us in expectation of a conversation. We could ask him about the other fathers of our Confederation. Why they chose to call Canada a ‘dominion'. Or...

PILT Windfall Should be Returned to Ratepayers

Dear Editor, The federal government uses a method of tax payment known as Payment in Lieu of taxes, (PILT). Over the years, us taxpayers have covered the costs of the unpaid taxes or PILT owed on the army base. After a long battle with the federal government, Meaford has finally gained a settlement of $1,665,000.00 for back taxes owed on...

Baffled by Thumbs Down

Dear Editor, April 27, 2018 you published a very nice tribute to local citizen, now Meaford Municipal Councillor, Ross Kenter, on the occasion of his retirement after 56 years at Bayshore Broadcasting. It was a good article. Personally, I've only met him once briefly, but I have never heard one negative word about Mr. Kentner in my life. Fifty-four readers awarded...

Frustrated With Memorial Park Graffiti

Editor, I am very sorry to report a disturbing incident that I came upon late Friday afternoon. As I took my dog Marley for our usual walk through Memorial Park we came upon a tree close beside the path that had been tagged with fluorescent pink paint. YOUR MOM. Terrific! I thought. Further up the path towards the campground, to the...

Concern About Proposed Development

Editor, With regard to the SkyDev proposal, there have been extremely well presented objections raised and I wish to keep my own opinions brief and to the point. There is no competent town or city planner in the developed world who would propose a development even one-quarter of the intended size of the SkyDev project at the end of two relatively...

Reader Proud of Community Response to Proposed Development

To the Editor, I was extremely proud of my fellow citizens last Monday night, May 17, at the virtual meeting concerning the official plan and the Skydev proposal. Good people of this town waited literally hours in order to voice their strongest opposition to this particular proposal or any others like it. Concerning growth, all living things on this planet grow...

BWDSB Letter to Minister Lecce Regarding Return to School

Dear Minister Lecce: On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are reaching out to express our support for a Grey Bruce approach to reopening schools when it is deemed safe to do so by our local medical officer of health. Our board has heard from quite a few concerned parents/guardians, who are requesting a return to in-person learning with COVID-19...

Reader Fed Up With Ford

Dear Mr. Vance, During the first year of our current Conservative government you published an editorial in which you called Doug Ford a clown. As a result of this comment I discontinued my subscription to The Meaford Independent. Today, May 13th, I watched Doug Ford's press conference. I have now come to the belated conclusion that your editorial was an insult...

I Want to Continue to Love it Here!

Editor, When I moved to Meaford two years ago I had no idea that I would live down the street from a development proposal for the Stanley Knight waterfront property, the likes of which could be found in downtown Toronto, or Chicago. Yes, there was an empty lot nearby that was destined to be developed, but I thought, perhaps naively,...

Reader Shares Thoughts on Pumped Storage

Mr. Editor, In the early days of the Pumped Storage debate I attempted to keep an open mind when assessing the pros and cons of the proposal. When opponents of the project started to make unsubstantiated claims to garner support for their cause I felt it necessary to challenge them in a couple of letters to your paper. The feedback was...