Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Letters

Former Councillor Offers Thoughts on Proposed Dissolution of Georgian Trail Board

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, The dissolution of the Georgian Trail Board concerns me. I was on that board for eight years. Although there are duplications within the municipalities such as Treasurer and Secretary, it is a joint board of three municipalities. There is always room for critiquing and making sure that the board/committee is viable within the context of the...

Council Has Lost Sight of Concerns of Voters

Letter to the Editor Dear Sir, At the last municipal election just over a year ago, the three main concerns of the voters were Reduce taxes, Road conditions, and Review staff levels. Reduce Taxes. The 2015 budget was rushed into being by staff before the new council had a chance to acclimatize themselves to their new positions. I emphasize the fact that...

We Wisely Created Meaford’s Historic District – Now Let’s Respect It

Letter to the Editor Editor, There is a great deal of misinformation circulating around Meaford concerning the proposed Sykes Street development. This is counterproductive if we are to have a constructive conversation about the merits of the proposed development. I am a proponent of development, particularly in Meaford where the local economy needs a boost – and where our downtown buildings are...

Local Addiction Treatment Centre For Adolescents Closes

Letter to the Editor Editor, The Seven Bridges Treatment Centre for children with addictions and concurrent mental health issues, at Paisley, Ontario, has been forced to close down. Following an eight months implementation period the license was granted for 24 children ages 14 to19. Six weeks ago we received that license from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and had reasonable expectations...

Bombing a Bad Idea

Letter to the Editor Editor, Yes! Mr Trudeau, absolutely the bombing is a bad idea! What has the bombing achieved so far? ISIS is still as strong as before. The terrorists still reach out all around the globe to kill and spread fear because they are not contained. The ISIS, Taliban, Alkaida forces can't be eliminated from the air. As soon as one...

MP’s Thoughts on Syrian Refugees

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, During an election campaign, it is quite easy for candidates and leaders to get caught up in the ‘buzz’ of the election and make promises that are politically motivated but are not practically responsible from an operational standpoint. This is exactly what the Liberal party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have done in regards to...

Library and Municipal Offices Could Share a New Building

Letter to the Editor Sir, I have just learned that our town council is interested at finding a new location for our municipal offices and expanding our down-in-the-mouth library into their current locale next door. Expanding from one old, unsuitable building into another is not a solution for our library. I dare say that the renovations which would have to occur to...

Council Not Foolish For Searching For a Better Way

Letter to the Editor Dear Sir,  I was also present at the council meeting on October 26 and heard the same arguments concerning community grants as you did. I read your editorial published on Friday October 30 and as always was impressed with your description of the facts presented. However I totally disagree with your editorial point of view. Firstly, there was nothing...

$2,500 Would Have Been Well Spent to Avoid Potential Conflicts

Letter to the Editor Editor, I am no expert on how we manage grants, but if this story accurately portrays the issue (and I suspect it does) then I am baffled as well. $2,500 is well spent to ensure that our grant money (raised from taxes) is spent wisely, and to prevent it being used to grease political gears and special interests. I...

Council Had Opportunity to Do the Right Thing, But Chose to Retain Control of Community Grant Administration

Letter to the Editor Editor, I am not in the least surprised that the council has voted to keep in control of the dispensation of Community Grants. The selection of recipients is often quite irrational, and has continued potential for favouritism and abuse, as you pointed out in your recent editorial. However, as is the case with most small towns (and indeed...