Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Letters

We Need to Embrace Reality

Dear Editor, It’s a good thing we aren’t roommates. Two guys wandering around the house in the dark, wide awake at 3:00 a.m., muttering “What are we leaving for the kids?! The grandkids!?” are bound to thump heads at some point. It’s inevitable. I agree completely. Those problems are going to be tough to fix. They’ll cost money. And far too...

On Being Treated Like a Turnip

Dear SkyDev, I would like to thank you for your kind offer of $120,000 to purchase a property owned by myself and about 3,500 taxpayers here in Meaford. That $34.28 will come in very handy for the five litres of diesel I purchase next. I would also like to mention that the amount will not cover the cost of your sanitary...

Reader Hoping For More Facts, Less Platitudes From TCE

Editor, A while back, TCE stated the outflow from the proposed pump storage facility would be no more than other natural drains, such as rivers (one has to presume). More recently, TCE also stated that the outflow speed would be no more than one kilometer per hour. How can those pronouncements support the proposed electrical output? I would like to see...

Reader Responds to Bigotry

Dear Editor, If only to knock it off the top of your web page, I want to respond to Ann Gillies' screed about Christmas on the Bay. I get it. She hates gays, lesbians, and trans people. And lots of other people too. She wants to dress up the hate with bafflegab about "gender ideology". It won't fly. She's a professional bigot....

Reader Suggests Meaford Residents have a ‘Wait-and-See’ Attitude Regarding Proposed Pumped Storage Facility

Editor, Meaford residents seem to have a wait-and-see attitude about protecting their homes and surroundings from the potential damage from eight years of TCE construction. So should they obtain guarantees from TC Energy about road upkeep, air and water quality, the health of residents, noise, and Bay ecosystems? On July, 2021, the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre(DND) gave TC Energy the...

Reader Responds to ‘Repugnant’ Letter

Editor, After reading the letter from Ann E. Gillies (PhD!), all I can say is, "consider the source": a "professional" with a website dedicated to "allow individuals with crises in identity to recover wholeness". This includes giving talks on the almost universally discredited and damaging notion of "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria". Ms. Gillies attempts to mask homophobia and transphobia behind self-proclaimed...

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Gratitude For Holiday Spirit

Editor: There IS a Santa! After many years of having artificial Christmas trees, this year I yearned for a real one. I didn't want one that had been cut in August but a fresh one. I asked some people I thought might help find; they said they would ask but doubted it would be successful. Imagine my surprise when, an evening...

Gratitude For Local Hospital Staff

Editor, I like to express my sentiments of gratitude in writing, to the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at our Meaford Hospital. I took suddenly ill and landed at the Meaford Hospital on December 6th, 2022, where I ended up spending 10 days in the care and empathy of great Doctors and Medical Staff. I can't say enough about the prompt and efficient...

Support For TMI Editor

Editor, Fellow citizens of Meaford, we have heard from our local scribe about the attacks upon him personally for refusing to take sides regarding local politics and unfolding events in our town, and there are some realities I wish to point out. First of all, he is a journalist and as such is expected to simply report, without comment, what is...

Reader Finds Drag Performance at Holiday Event to be Repugnant

Editor, I grew up in Meaford and raised my children there for several years; I still consider it my home town. After watching Counselor Uhrig’s Facebook posts of Christmas on the Bay that took place last weekend, I knew I must comment on the drag and dancer event. (Bob Uhrig and I rode the same school bus on the 7th...

What Could Happen If We Just Turned Off The Lights?

Editor, Grocery bills are rising. So are costs to light your home. Maybe there is a way to recoup some of these unwelcome and unanticipated expenses. But ingrained habits die hard and here’s why: In the so-called olden days, we got our light from burning candles. Candles cost money to buy, or they taxed our time to make at home. Consequently, if we...

Masks a Challenge For the Hearing Impaired

Editor, Comments made in last week’s edition, suggesting that masking has little to no impact on one’s ability to hear, indicate that perhaps we need review what research has revealed about the issue. The effectiveness of verbal communication is based largely on the vocabulary chosen by the speaker, the volume and clarity employed, and the ability of the listener to hear...

Appreciation For Christmas on the Bay Event

Dear Editor, I just want to tell those involved in the craft event (Christmas on the Bay) this weekend, “Congratulations!” It was well run, well attended, lots of variety, good quality and just a fun thing to do. Thank you to the sponsors for making it possible. The yard sheds were such a good idea. Roberta Docherty, Meaford  

Concern About Clearing Snow From Sidewalks

Editor, With the welcome melting of this season's first snowfall accumulation, a serious accompanying problem has surfaced which causes one to wonder what possessed the municipality to start using a sidewalk plough that is considerably wider than the sidewalks. There is major damage to grass verges on both the street and property sides of many sidewalks. We may be the only...

Thoughts on Use of Emergencies Act

Dear Editor, Over the past few weeks many Canadians have been watching the Inquiry on the use of the Emergencies Act, to remove the trucks from Ottawa, and the various border crossings. What Canadians should have concern, regarding this use of this Act, is the laissez-faire attitude with which it was implemented. If the government feels that the events, which were...

Ode to Lady Blue

Submitted by Jennifer Burak Ode to Lady Blue was written to honour Diane Kimmerly, who passed away on October 31. I read of her passing in The Meaford Independent and felt the loss deeply, although I had not known Diane for long and she most certainly did not know me. She was a chance encounter during my walks around town. I...