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Pay a living wage

On the face of it, the jobs report for our region looks pretty good. Unemployment is down two points from this time last year (an additional 3,200 jobs compared to August) and more people are optimistic enough to be looking for work.

It’s when you drill down that the cracks in the economy appear. All of the new jobs are in the service sector (food, accommodation, tourism). They are precarious: low wage, part-time, short-term or seasonal, or all of the above.

Agriculture gained 1,400 jobs - probably related to the harvest, so these too would be precarious. Manufacturing lost 1,100. Utilities (hydro, solar, wind and nuclear) lost 500 jobs, which is worrying because Ontario was supposed to be using its so-called Green Energy Plan to create jobs making wind turbines and solar panels.

Station Beach is a mess

Well another summer has come and gone and what a great summer it was.

My family and I own property in the Kincardine area and spend thousands of dollars in the town stores year-round as well as pay thousands of dollars in taxes every year. Yes I said thousands.

Who doesn't love going to the beach but my family has seen several laws and bylaws broken at Station Beach. Anybody with an ounce of common sense only has to look around the beach - especially on long weekends – to see it is out of control. There is nobody in any position of authority there to see what is going on.

Warm hospitality

On behalf of the Playfair and Pathfinder and their whole crews, I wanted to extend our thanks for the warm welcome from the town of Kincardine and the hard work by the organizing committee for the fourth annual Marine Heritage Festival.

Toronto Brigantine has always enjoyed being welcomed to Kincardine and this visit was no different. Both at the dock and while going around town to run errands, the level of awareness and genuine interest in the ships and our program is unique. All of us feel very at home during every stay.

Everyone on board looks forward to the stop in Kincardine every year. Most of the crew will list it as a highlight of their summer due to the town’s endless hospitality, the pipe band parade and the overall pleasant nature of this wonderful town.

Colin Burt

Captain of the sail training vessel Playfair

Times are changing

Isn’t it a shame when a lovely, quiet street along the lake becomes a place of pure bedlam in the summer months?

Some dogs are allowed to run loose, without a leash, disturbing other pets while their owners jog. Kids are allowed by their parents to run through neighbour’s gardens and private patios. Cars are speeding and people are parking where they shouldn’t. Traffic blocks the local postal service, preventing the delivery of mail in a timely fashion. And walkers take offence to having to move to allow permanent residents to get to their homes.

Is it any wonder that the locals are muttering and cursing under or over their breath? Where are the old-fashioned rules of etiquette? A very selfish mode has replaced them. It’s a shame!

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine

Maintain all beaches

We must remember that the lake is one of Kincardine’s main tourist attractions.

As a summer resident living on Saugeen Street, I see a number of people come park their car at the walkover, climb the steps, look at the beach and walk away. I can’t help but wonder if the town is not aware that tourists coming into town from Highway 9 or 21 find themselves on Broadway, see the lake and drive down, round the corner at the base of Broadway and park at the first walkover to look at the lake.

What do they see? A beach that is weedy, log strewn and overgrown.

Is this the impression that we want to leave with tourists? Not all tourists go to Station Beach. If Kincardine is serious about attracting tourists, all of Kincardine’s beaches should be clean and attractive.

Marilyn McLeod, Kincardine

Chicken or egg

In reply to the Huron-Kinloss plan to reduce the speed on Lake Range Drive:

If I were a resident of Point Clark, which I am not, I would think that reducing the speed limit on Lake Range Drive for the residents north of me is comparable to people who complain about the noise of the airport after they have built a house beside it.

As for the extra large stop signs, I think they would be beneficial.

Glenn Hedley, Kincardine

Hate on display

A friend of mine was directly exposed to the words of hate uttered by the “so-called” preachers from London, Ontario. Good and earnest people, of faith or not of faith (and it makes no difference) embrace tolerance, inclusion and being each others’ keeper. My friend could not believe that such imported venom was on full display in the streets of Kincardine. Too often similar regressive behavior is on display in countless places around the world.

See no evil

Surprise, surprise! The Kincardine tourist booth is going out on the highway.

Team Kincardine (Chamber of Commerce, BIA and Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation) pushed the municipality long and hard for a downtown space (at taxpayers’ expense, of course).

Well, in March, 2014, the Team got its way. Council at the time (many of whom were re-elected) listened to Team Kincardine and rented space downtown to be shared by the tourist booth and Team Kincardine. Council, of course, paid no attention to the many citizens who were against the move.

If you read last week’s newspaper, there was indication that a mistake had been made, that a great deal of time and money had been wasted. A classic case, I suppose, of hear no evil, see no evil.

If successive councils did their homework instead of listening to pressure groups such as Team Kincardine, the municipality could provide better services at less cost.

Eric Howald

Innovative thinking

Yes, with the rising lake levels and high winds, Mother Nature is doing her best to reclaim land, deposited a thousand years ago, north of the pier. Kincardine’s response is a $300,000 barrier for the 300 metres eroding away - that works out to $1,000 per centimetre!

Thirty years ago, the same thing occurred 750 metres north on Saugeen Street. Kincardine’s answer to that was the creation of Fort Kincardine. This massive collection of boulders and rocks more than protects from the lake - but can protect us in case the Americans decide to invade. We should be very confident knowing now that the last place the Yankees would ever want to invade would be this town.

Courtesy needed

Where is the respect for local residents of Kincardine?

We are host to many wonderful summer events and vacation spots, but have we gotten so carried away with summer that we are not respected?

Local residents and their pets who happen to live in the downtown area should not have to put up with loud music until 2 a.m. Local businesses should not have to fight over parking rights for their year-round regular customers. And permanent residents should not be at the mercy of sports enthusiasts who use the roads as their personal practice area.

Common sense and courtesy towards everyone is needed.

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine