Editor's Notebook

Run the other way

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Growing up, my generation was taught to respect elders and community and to do an honest day’s work for a day’s pay.

Females were to be treated with respect and there were rather strict rules when it came to one’s sexual conduct.

Those concepts seem completely foreign today.

The Ford brothers would likely have been tarred and feathered 60 years ago in Toronto. They don’t know the meaning of respect. The mayor of London would have had to resign 50 years ago after he was charged with paying for his son’s wedding with a federal government cheque back when he was an MP.


Democracy?

If you are contemplating running for municipal office, you have until Sept. 12 to file your  nomination papers.

 

Voting day is Monday, Oct. 27 and the newly elected take office Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

 

Democracy can only remain strong and vibrant if people take an interest in their governments.

 

There should be a few new faces around the council table following each election. If you believe you have something to offer in Huron-Kinloss or Kincardine, consider an election bid.

 

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Shuffleboard on ice

Many Canadians have put life on hold the past two weeks for the Winter Olympics - including Dana.

 

Her favourite sport seems to be curling and it took a considerable amount of TV time to watch Canada win two gold medals.

 

She even got yours truly involved in the sport – signing us up for an “Olympic” bonspiel this past Saturday at the Kincardine Curling Club.

 

However, that’s where the similarities ended.

 


Tourism not voodoo

The “Welcome to Kincardine” sign on Highway 9 is covered with snow, a reader informed the office Friday.

 

Something tells me that few visitors (except area hockey teams) would have seen the sign in the last month, covered with snow or not.

 

It makes one wonder why Kincardine council spends so much of its time arguing about and spending money on tourism.

 

Tourism is not voodoo. Keep the municipality and its parks and beaches neat and clean; keep the pipe band marching; and support festivals and the tourists will come.

 


Crazy for you

While council was discussing tourism and Team Kincardine Wednesday evening, councillor Randy Roppel said, “From my point of view, what makes sense is utilize a building that we own. I think our constituents must think we are crazy…”

 

That’s perhaps the brightest thing to have been said at Wednesday’s meeting and Thursday’s budget meeting.

 

Most of council was buying into the idea that Team Kincardine should move into a rented office downtown with the tourism staff at a cost of approximately $1,600 a month.

 

Councillor Roppel, to finish the above quote, said, “To go out and rent a building on a temporary basis again is totally ludicrous.”

 


The view from here

Our holiday in Florida is over and we returned to reality Saturday, driving through tunnels of snow on highway #9 to reach home.

 

I drove Highway 9 each week for years to get the paper printed, even in the 1970s when we enjoyed winters similar to this one. But in all those years, I don’t remember Highway 9 ever having as many huge snow banks as it has now. There must have been a lot of wind from the south-west.

 

Anyway, it’s good to be home.

 

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Are weather forecasters fear mongers?

 

I’m beginning to believe so.


A sad day

The Municipality of Kincardine’s decision to sell Bruce Telecom is a sad one from where I sit.

As a long-time resident, I was rather proud that we had our own telephone system. Few municipalities have their own system and Bruce Telecom made us unique.

And there has been a great incentive to use Bruce Telecom’s services - the profits from the system stayed in the community. Bruce Telecom has been adding about $1 million annually to Kincardine’s income; not bad.

Council has done its homework and believes the sale makes economic sense.

On the other hand, the sale also shows a lack of faith in the ability of the community and Bruce Telecom to adapt to an ever changing market.

Hopefully, it is a wise decision to sell.

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Anger issues

Weird things happen in Florida.

Here on the Treasure Coast in the past couple weeks, a man was shot in a movie theatre, before the show even started, because he was texting with his child. A retired cop asked him to quit and then went to complain to the theatre manager. When the retired cop returned, the texting man and his wife stood up and asked him if he talked to the manager. When the cop said, “yes”, the “texter” threw popcorn at him. Then retired cop pulled out his gun and shot the “texter” dead.

I guess the cop had anger issues.

Here is another one. A person who needs a scooter to get around was in a grocery store’s express checkout line. Another shopper said the fellow on the scooter had two too many items to be in the express line and started repeatedly ramming the man on the scooter with a shopping cart.


The great stink

For centuries, the people of London, England dumped human, animal and industrial waste into the Thames River.

They eventually paid for their abuse of the Thames.

In 1858 (called the year of The Great Stink) an overwhelming stench coming from the surface of the river brought the city to its knees.

 The smell in the new Parliament Buildings on the banks of the Thames was so bad that the curtains were doused with chloride and lime to try and cut the smell. Those who could, left the city.

People demanded action from their government and the politicians could no longer get away with ignoring the problem. Parliament finally passed a law that year to build a sewage system for the city of London.

Funny how politicians can ignore real problems for so long.


A pig in a poke

A “pig in a poke” is an old saying that goes back to the Middle Ages when meat was scarce but cats and dogs were not.

 

The confidence man would sell a suckling pig in a poke (bag). If you failed to check the contents of the unopened bag, you were quite likely to get a pup or a cat.

 

So whenever I hear the term, buying a pig in a poke, I’m inclined to think of successive Kincardine councils.

 

The last couple weeks, council has been discussing upgrades to the municipal building out on the fifth concession. Water is seeping into parts of the building because of deteriorating siding, the heating and cooling system is ready to fail and the roof needs more costly repairs. It could cost an estimated $1.8 million to restore the building.