Editor's Notebook

Life changes forever

Kincardine’s Relay for Life Friday evening struck me as an emotional event for many cancer survivors and their friends and relatives.

 

What is striking is the number of people in the community who have had cancer and survived. When someone is diagnosed with cancer, life changes for ever.

 

For the many survivors, they are happy to be still here. They are a testament to the many advances in medical science and, in some cases, that there are such things as miracles.

 

You can deduce two things from the numbers.

 


New blood is needed

Our holiday last week was brief but relaxing.

 

When I returned Friday, our reporter had left a number of stories on Wednesday’s  Kincardine council meeting for me to peruse. Reading them brought me back to reality.

 

Council is now looking at $1.5 million for repairs and improvements to the arts centre (old town hall). No one should be surprised.

 

Why can’t politicians show a little foresight??

 


An exceptional teacher

Don Ribey, the first principal of Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School, died Saturday afternoon.

Don, who grew up in Bruce Township, was dedicated to his profession.

 

He knew every child in his years at KTTPS (1968-1985 I believe) and he knew where they lived. That was accomplished at a time when school enrolment was near the 1,000 mark.

 

Don hired the best and he expected his staff and students to perform to the best of their abilities.


Crazy

Do you ever get the idea that the same people and the same issues keep reappearing in newspapers or on television?

 

Let’s look at Toronto mayor Rob Ford. His latest venture in his re-election bid is the hiring of a sobriety coach after employing a personal fitness trainer earlier this year to get him in shape. I suppose this could be the up and coming thing among the rich in the coming months.

 

What other coaches could Ford use?

 

He could use a truth instructor to prevent him from telling any more whoppers. Another good addition to his team would be a morality coach - someone who could tell him right from wrong.

 


A new addition

I’ve had two or three summer students in the past 40 years who I figured would excel in the newspaper profession.

 

They knew what they wanted to do and learned as much as they could on the job.

 

One of those students was Allan Thompson of Glammis who was in the office Friday to announce that he will seek the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Huron-Bruce.

 


The Midas touch

The Northern Ontario town of Mattawa made the front page of the Toronto Star Saturday.

 

Why?

 

TransCanada Corp. gave the town $30,000 two years ago for a new rescue truck. A formal agreement covering the donation was drawn up this year. It contains a clause that says the town can’t comment on TransCanada’s operations or business projects.

 

A Mattawa councillor is concerned about the clause, saying that he is worried the condition will prevent the town from commenting on TransCanada’s nearby pipeline.

 


Happy 99th

My mother celebrated her 99th birthday Friday, June 27.

 

I would call her and most people her age survivors.

 

Mom’s parents and their two girls sailed from Belfast, Ireland in 1911 for London, Ontario where other relatives lived. Once they arrived, there was another baby who only lived a short time, twins, my mother and a younger sister.

 

My grandmother was pregnant for the eighth time when she died and my mother, three or four years of age, and her siblings were farmed out to other families in the city.


Laughter

I believe adults should spend some time each week in the company of children.

 

Dana and I were in Walkerton Wednesday morning for grandson Nik’s kindergarten graduation. There had to be more than 40 children on stage and the proceedings started with a couple of songs before each student had his or her graduation photo taken while receiving a diploma from his or her teacher.

As the youngsters posed with their teachers, the grins went from ear to ear. Smiles are infectious and give you a good feeling.

 

At what age do the smiles and the laughter disappear?

 

How many adults walk around with infectious smiles? How many adults do you see laughing?

 


Short memories

I’m constantly surprised by the antics of Kincardine council.

 

Last week, it spent a great deal of time agonizing over the fact that a developer’s plan for a 33-unit apartment building in downtown Kincardine did not provide parking for visitors to the building. Nearby Victoria Park, said council, doesn’t need more people parking their cars around it.

 

Now, that would be a concern if council had treated other developments in a similar manner.

 


A shocker

During the televised leadership debate last week, PC leader Tim Hudak said he was the only leader telling the truth.

 

As some wag said, “It takes one to know one.”

 

So if none of them is telling the truth, what’s a voter to do?

 

Perhaps there should be a lie detector and “bullshit meter” hooked to each of the participants in a leadership debate.

 

Bells and whistles would go off each time a lie or a gross exaggeration passed the lips of a leader.

 

The politicians might then have to honestly discuss the issues that concern people. That would be a real shock to the political system.