Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Letters

High Meaford Taxes Impact Purchasing Power

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Everyone likes a "deal". We wait for a day or two or even drive few kilometers to save a few pennies per litre of gas. We line up for sales, buy lots when the price is right. Well, if you live in Meaford, you're already behind the eight ball. For those who live in Blue Mountains...

Thoughts on Municipal Salary Costs

Letter to the Editor Editor, You recently reprinted the Mayor’s message, re: “certain misrepresentations about the budget by some residents.” In the interest of fairness and objective reporting, I along with other residents, especially rural residents, want to point out that, yes we agree that there was a mistake wherein a letter writer said the salaries were approximately $6,500,000. Senior management...

Reader Pleased to Have Councillor Speak Out About Winter Road Maintenance

Letter to the Editor Editor, I'm happy that Tony Bell speaks on my behalf about snow plowing. Urban dwellers of the municipality may be concerned about other issues. You wrote: "If a ratepayer... err, sorry, voter, were to phone to complain about the colour of the water tower, or about the public skating hours at the arena, would the good councillor feel...

Important For a Voter to Feel That They Have Been Heard

Letter to the Editor Editor, I do agree that councillors should not micromanage but if they expect to get re-elected their job is much more than just referring a constituent to a phone number or email address. One job would be to educate. Explain why a road is not being plowed. It could also be to determine whether the road clearing policy...

MPP Walker Offers Thoughts on ORPP

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, In response to the letters published in Grey Bruce This Week from my colleague and Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and Minister Mitzie Hunter on the issue of the contentious Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), I would like to add that I am hearing unequivocal concerns from my constituents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound about the timing and...

Ontario Needs to Address Littering Problem

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Re: Letter: "Littering Can Have Impact on Animals", Dec. 28, 2015 Roberta Docherty deserves to be commended for speaking up about the damage littering does to our communities. Harm to wildlife is one of littering's many negative effects. For three years I have been pushing to have the province of Ontario launch a serious review of littering,...

Pop Tabs For Wheelchairs Initiative Still Going Strong

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Many years ago a clever caring person started collecting pop tabs to trade for wheelchairs across the country. Response was that it was silly and fraudulent from small minds who tried to stop it, but caring people stepped up and collected tabs from coast to coast from pop, beer cans, and zip-top cans. I was at...

Discussion About Electoral Reform Should be Based on Facts Not Fear-mongering

Letter to the Editor Editor, As the new federal government (and we the voters) begin to grapple with electoral reform, it’s important that the facts of the options considered be accurate and that the options themselves are truthfully represented. This was not the case in Dan Brown’s Postmedia December 30 column, “Proportional representation aids extremist parties”. That article serves as a...

Enjoy the Mild Winter While it Lasts

Letter to the Editor Dear Friends, This mild winter reminds me of a story that Vina Ufland told me. Vina had worked for the Meaford Express since 1910, and wrote the column THE SCROLL UNWINDS. In 1957 she became the Town Librarian using a room in a corner of Town Hall. When I began teaching in 1969 at GBSS, I invited...

MPP’s Year in Review: The Top Issues at Ontario’s Legislature in 2015

MPP Bill Walker The year 2015 kicked off with less optimism than expected as the Liberal government was buffeted by growing labour unrest, OPP investigations and ever-increasing hydro rates. By late January, care coordinators at ten of the 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) across Ontario had gone on strike, including those in Bruce and Grey counties. It was troubling to...