Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Letters

Take Some Time to Explore Meaford’s Royal Oaks

Editor of the Meaford Independent, An excellent story in last week's paper on the old Oak in the Leith cemetery and the work of the local Tree Trust. The writer of the article failed to mention that it was (most likely) planted to commemorate the death of Queen Victoria a few years before. Meaford the town has a similar story of...

Let the Ink Dry

To the Editor, I was never a really avid supporter of the Monarchy in general, but I did have a great deal of respect of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. I am therefore sad at her passing. I know that many Canadians do feel sad, but realize that many do not. This is fine, but I feel that interest groups,...

Thoughts on Scarecrows

Dear Editor, I’ve been visiting Meaford over the past several days. It’s been so impressive and delightful to see such great community spirit and involvement by businesses, residents and volunteers in the community to create the Scarecrow Festival. What a wonderful atmosphere all around town that seems to have everyone engaged and excited to celebrate the approaching fall. This not...

Big Canoe Project Responds to a Young Fan

Editor, Hi Madelyn and thanks for the great letter and drawing! (September 1, 2022 print edition) I hope you get to go in the big canoe again too, your little brother will be that much bigger and stronger next time around and we'll go even faster! I'm glad you were able to live with the spiders in the boat for as...

Where Are the Young Volunteers?

Dear Editor, I overheard a conversation at the Fair that hit home. The lovely man said, “There are only 80 year olds to take down the tables. There aren’t any young people here to help.” That made me think about the rest of the community groups and what is happening. There are too few young people replacing the old people who...

Offering Thanks to Georgian Trail Angels

Editor, While on a cycling excursion (Thursday, August 25) on the Georgian Trail with her three friends, Rita’s back wheel spun sideways on a slippery, wet bridge and threw her to the ground, breaking her leg. Seconds later Jeff from Thornbury appeared and he called 911. He took charge in a professional manner, talked to her continuously, and kept her...

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Reader Excited to See Rain Jacket Named For Meaford

Editor, As odd as it might seem on a hot August Sunday, our family was thumbing through the Canada Goose website today looking at the latest in winter fashions. We noticed a few of the trendy coats were named after various Canadian towns and cities. There among the Langford Parka and the Chilliwack Bomber ..... is the Men's Meaford Rain Jacket Black...

Praise For Indigenous Crosswalk Initiative

Editor, As a former Meaford resident I applaud Meaford for honouring indigenous people with a crosswalk painting, it shows you care. The town should also consider changing its signage policy to include the indigenous translation of English names. Other areas are embracing these thoughts. Victoria, BC has already changed to dual information signs for street names and public buildings. District of Saanich councillors voted...

Reader Offers Thoughts on All the Things Wrong With the Municipality of Meaford Editorial

Dear Editor, With my family, I have had a cottage in Meaford for over 20 years, and was fortunate to live here year-round when the pandemic arrived. Similar to comments made in your editorial, I have sometimes observed that long-time residents tend to lack appreciation for all the wonderful qualities Meaford has to offer. Yet I differ with the statement suggesting...

Reader Responds to ‘What Happens When Voters Fail?’ Letter

Editor, Cursive? Have you written anything in Python? Our kids will be okay. Matt Legge, Meaford Editor's Note: Hear! Hear!

Where Will Required Workers Live?

Editor, I wonder if PeopleCare will be able to staff the new 128 bed LTC facility, given the severe shortage of RNs, RPNs and PSWs in the overall system. I doubt there are many people living here now who are underemployed PSWs, or current residents with nursing degrees waiting for the facility to open. (Any new PSWs will surely not...

A Champion in Our Midst

Editor, I am not sure you are aware of a local, regional, provincial, national champion living in our communities, who will soon be participating in the world championship. Brian Davenport, of R.R. 6 Owen Sound, Story Book Park Road, Meaford, Grey-Bruce RBC Financial Planner and Consultant, returned to his farm this past spring as Canadian Plowing Champion, won in western Canada...

What Happens When Voters Fail?

Dear Editor, I see you are doing your part to create a successful election, but please remind the electorate what happens when they fail. We have children who can not count back change. They can not figure out the price of a flat of berries at $2.69 per pint, with 10 pints to the flat, without a calculator. We have children...

Proposed Development Inspires Poetry

Dear Editor, On a misty Sunday morning this past week, I strolled through and around David Johnston Park, by the site of the major and somewhat controversial Skydev development proposal. Sadly, Skydev recently bypassed Municipal Council and residents by taking its case for their high-density housing and hotel complex to the Ontario Land Tribunal. Clearly they hope for the green light...

It’s All Trudeau’s Fault?

Dear Editor, Regarding Mr. Hartlen’s response (July 7), to Mr. Robertson’s very thoughtful and factual letter (June 30), two things immediately came to my mind. I had already seen the Abacus Data poll. I thought about writing to you about it, procrastinated shamelessly, and wish to thank Mr. Robertson for bringing it to your readers' attention - better than I...

Reaction to SkyDev Appeal

Editor, On behalf of Imagine Meaford, I would like to express our collective dismay with the decision by SkyDev to appeal to the Land Appeal Tribunal (LAT) prior to an important special Council meeting on July 18. Council was to consider an amendment to a bylaw that would allow SkyDev to proceed along the approvals path for its development. By appealing...