Editor's Notebook

Stranger than fiction

It’s a strange world we live in.


For starters, have you noticed how talk has replaced action.


The doctors say there is no justification for a toll gate blocking access to the emergency department at the Kincardine hospital. They also say the current food at the hospital does not meet the minimum dietary standard for a hospital.


A story in this week’s Independent says options for the gate will be discussed at the South Bruce Grey Health Board Centre board meeting Jan. 25. The same story says the food meets Health Canada food guidelines.


A potpourri

I’m beginning to believe that Kincardine council, for its own protection, should adopt Murphy’s Law – If anything can go wrong, it will.


From water in the medical clinic basement to the windows in the new gym, it’s the current council that has been carrying the ball.


That’s too bad - the screw-ups are all the result of decisions made by the previous council.


Let’s see what the current council can accomplish.




Dubious reputation

Steven Murray gave the Municipality of Kincardine a “lovely” reputation when he told a CBC interviewer a few weeks ago that Doors Open had to be cancelled because of a shortage of volunteers in Kincardine.


Friday morning, I was listening to the same CBC show and the announcer mentioned Kincardine as a place where volunteers are in short supply as she introduced someone with a similar problem in his town.


That reputation, undeserved as it is, may hang around our necks for years. 



Doing the right thing

Humans are not a particularly nice race.


Some tribes have become civilized over time, setting up the rule of law and the idea of right and wrong.

But even civilized societies find it difficult to stay that way.


Perhaps it’s because many people, for a variety of reasons, refuse to act morally.


Last week, Penn State University was in a frenzy after it was revealed that its long time football coach, more than 60 years on the job, had failed to do the right thing back in 2002.


Don’t wear a pony tail

Why do politicians, especially those on the right, lack a sense of humour?


One morning a couple of weeks ago, the This Hour has 22 Minutes crew arrived at the home of Toronto mayor Rob Ford as he was heading to work.


The sight of actress Mary Walsh, wearing her Princess Warrior outfit, apparently scared the hell out of Ford and he reacted by phoning 9-1-1.


Why would a weirdly-dressed woman scare a large man like Ford?


Rip Van Winkle

I felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle on Friday.


In case you haven’t heard of Van Winkle, he is a character in a short story by Washington Irving that takes place before and after the American Revolution. In short, Van Winkle, while out hunting in the Catskills, falls asleep for 20 years.


When he awakens and walks back to his village, he finds he knows no one and no one knows him.

Dana and I were in Huntsville for the weekend to attend the wedding of our nephew.


Since Dana and I both taught there from 1968 to 1969, we thought we would do some exploring on Friday.

The wisdom of Solomon

The hunt for a replacement for ex-Kincardine CAO John deRosenroll has been narrowed down to three people.


Hopefully they are the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost -  because someone with God-like qualities is needed for this job.


The chosen one will have to be able to:

- deal with difficult people

- stick handle around nine bosses

- have the wisdom of Solomon to figure out who the perpetual whiners are and send them packing

- have the strength of Samson to keep his council on the straight and narrow.

- have an interest in the well-being of the entire community and its future.


Adding insult to injury

A week ago Friday, Kincardine’s tourism co-ordinator admitted failure by sending out a press release cancelling Doors Open.


This past Friday morning Steven Murray added insult to injury by going on CBC Radio and saying the event was cancelled because of a lack of volunteers.


In other words, Mr. Murray blamed the community for his failure to organize Doors Open.


It was, in my eyes, a cheap excuse because anyone who pays attention knows rural Ontario runs on volunteers.



The turnout for last week’s provincial election was, in a word, sad.


Only 49 per cent of eligible voters bothered to cast a ballot.


That says a lot about the disconnect between the average Joe and his government.


That disconnect had a lot to do with the defeat of Huron Bruce’s MPP, agriculture minister Carol Mitchell.


Being a cabinet minister, Mitchell had her hands tied. Once cabinet makes a decision, a member must go along with the majority consensus whether he/she agrees or disagrees. The same goes for a municipal council.


Bricks and bouquets

It’s unfortunate that the new addition and entrance to the Davidson Centre wasn’t ready for the university women’s hockey tournament held on the weekend.


However, that didn’t seem to detract from the tournament. The hockey was excellent and the westerners (from Lethbridge and Regina) enjoyed seeing Kincardine and this part of Canada.