Editor's Notebook

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I’ve worked in factories, in construction and I’ve taught high school.

 

The only job I’ve loved though is running a weekly newspaper.

 

You might wonder why. In the past 40 years, I’ve been offered bribes, been threatened with physical harm and harassed by the town cops. It can get stressful if you print things that powerful and not so powerful people object to.

 

Although the hours are odd and the pay can be poor, being a weekly editor can be most rewarding. I still believe a weekly newspaper should be the voice of the community it serves.

 


Dogs to bears

If you are bitten by a dog, make sure you get particulars from the owners.

 

A Kincardine resident may have to start rabies shots this week because he hasn’t been able to locate the owner of the dog that bit him. If you have been bitten by a dog and don’t know if it has had its rabies shots, you require said shots.

 

This particular dog, a medium size brown and tan mixed breed, was on a leash and it was still able to bite the man as he walked on Huron Terrace on the south side of town.

 

Too many people are unable to control their dogs. I was walking along the river trails one morning last week when a dog started jumping on me; it ignored the yells of its owners.

 


The high road

Some of us take the high road, some of us the low road. Some drift and some never learn. Human nature never changes.

 

Police reports for decades have listed individuals caught drinking and driving. Losing your driver’s licence is a costly mistake but many drivers continue to have to prove it to themselves.

 

Last week, the CBC aired a news piece on how some Canadians are despoiling our countryside by dumping their garbage along quiet country roads.

 

In the Middle East, radical Islamists continue to kill innocent people.

 


Voting can be stressful

A Huron-Kinloss resident asked me if the electoral candidates in Kincardine believe most voters are sick.

That comment came from the number of election signs at the bottom of the hospital hill.

 

Actually, maybe the candidates are making electors sick. Watching all-candidate meetings can be stressful.

 

I watched a televised all-candidates meeting one night last week on the cable channel.

 

It sounds like the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) isn’t too popular with some of the candidates.

 


Backyard passport

Everyone seems to be in a rush to hop on a plane and fly to visit some tourist spot.

 

I wonder why.

 

We have more than enough beauty spots in our backyard. This is the 10th year for the county’s Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport promotion and we find there’s always something new and interesting to see in the county.

 

Dana and I spent Tuesday to Thursday last week trying to find spots listed on the passport.

 


Why so much insanity?

You no doubt know that this is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. It’s also the 75th anniversary since the hostilities of the Second World War got underway.

 

Two or three weeks ago, Ron Finlay brought in a pamphlet entitled Production of Aircraft Parts in Andrew Malcolm Plant.

 

The article, reprinted from Canadian Woodworker, July, 1943, outlines how the Kincardine furniture factory was converted to war work. Many furniture factories stepped out of their accepted fields, says the article, reorganized their production and took on work that was new to them.

 

About all aircraft parts and furniture have in common is that both are made of wood, glue, screws and nails.

 


Is it really greener?

It has been suggested, because this area has Scottish roots, that this newspaper should comment on Scotland’s failed vote for independence.

 

Why?

 

There is likely more chance of Ward 3 splitting from the Municipality of Kincardine than Scotland leaving Great Britain.

 


Follow your dreams

Last Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., I sat down for breakfast at the University of Regina’s annual fund raising banquet.

 

The guest speaker was Richard Peddie, former president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

 

From reading the Toronto papers, I always pictured Peddie as a greasy, little bean counter. He doesn’t come across that way at all.

 

He mentioned, in the question and answer format, about the number of Leafs fans there are in this country and also how fanatical some can be.

 


Acres and acres of memories

Kincardine municipal council never ceases to amaze.

If the complaints about the mould in the arts centre (old town hall) are true, council shouldn’t even consider putting more money into the place. The municipality just paid big money to supposedly fix that problem.

But there council was Thursday, discussing a $1.5 million reno.

It would make sense to sit on the project and let the new council make a decision on the arts centre.

Tiverton will have a new community centre by the time Kincardine’s junker is renovated some more.  It looks like the arts centre will forever be a money pit.

Who will it be a monument to?

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A soap opera

Many strange things have happened in the Kincardine council chambers in the past couple years.

 

It was strange to hear council announce a few months ago, out of the blue, that it had a deal to sell Bruce Telcom. Council had been meeting in closed session for many months to hammer out a deal with Eastlink.

 

The deal is good for the municipality, we were told.

 

Well, we still don’t know all the details. But maybe that doesn’t matter now. The federal Competition Bureau says the deal is off, although council is saying it’s still on.