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 Dying with assistance

Dear Editor,

Kudos to Handbags for Hospice for raising $136,000 towards the Huron Shore Hospice which is soon to open. Palliative care is an “essential” service for many who wish the option for end of life care.  I did note a phrase in Kincardine’s The Independent: an article by Barb McKay describing the successful event which caused me concern. It reads as follows, “At present, our doctors have limited options for end-of-life care and have identified hospice as a definite gap in service for our community.”

My concern/fear, as it relates to end of life care, is that there is not an established protocol in Kincardine and area for those of us who wish a medically-assisted death.We tend not to make this decision until catastrophic illness has found us; it is then that we must consider the options available.Advance directives have yet to be considered and death must be eminent, but hopefully, these limited criteria will be expanded in time.

Tax fairness

I am writing to comment on two related articles in your Sept. 20 edition.

In her column "Attack on small businesses", Barb McKay mounts a defence of mom and pop enterprises, farmers, retail shops and independent professionals who, she argues, should be spared from the federal government's proposal to close tax loopholes that benefit primarily "wealthy private corporations".

Our country’s security foremost

Recently a bus of 10 seniors from a retirement home wanted to take a tour of Bruce Power. Many have grown up here but have never been inside the grounds.

Because some are not able to take stairs, we had to have our mobility bus cleared to take it through the site. Bruce Power accepted this, and a week before the tour we had to give them a list of all the people who would be on the bus including staff, volunteers and driver. Because most of the seniors don’t drive anymore or travel out of the country, the only government issued photo ID they have is their health card. The company agreed that as long as it was a photo ID health card, they would be allowed to go through. The people who didn’t have a photo ID would wait in the lobby while the others went on the tour.

Divided we fail!

Is that the direction we are headed?

Since the politically correct Lefties decided that Sir John A. MacDonald's name should be stricken from Ontario schools, can we expect that they will want to remove the Dr. Secord memorial which stands in front of our library?

Let's not lose it!

I read with interest Pauline Kerr's column of Aug. 2. In a brief letter she touched on several important points about living in the Kincardine area.

The paragraph stating: "farmers, business owners, retail clerks, retirees" are often the same people who coach minor sports, volunteer services, help out at the church and in general do whatever they can to assist their neighbours and make this well directed community what it is. That is exactly why people wish to locate here.


To the Editor,

Just curious, but we had to read numerous articles regarding the community of Kincardine jumping on Trudashian's bandwagon and sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.

As it turned out, the family was actually Iranian - I believe a mother and two sons in their early twenties. There was article after article regarding the fundraising etc., but we haven't heard anything in months about how this family is making out.

Shoe on wrong foot

I was very concerned that Laura Haight not only refused to accept the scientific information about the DGR project from Marti McFadzean at the last council meeting. In fact, she asked for an apology for the presentation of this information.

Marti McFadzean, chair of the Inverhuron committee, is one of the most knowledgeable people on this topic and deserves a great deal more respect from the Kincardine Council and particularly from Laura Haight.

The shoe is on the wrong foot.  Laura should be seeking an apology from Marti for treating her with such disrespect.

 BSP needs your help

Bluewater Summer Playhouse (BSP) was founded 24 years ago as a Kincardine tourist attraction and remains the only professional theatre in Bruce County.

From the beginning, we have shared thousands of performances with our community. However, our impact goes well beyond individual performances. We have employed over 60 summer students over the years; this provides local students, who have a passion for theatre, an opportunity to learn from theatre professionals and earn important summer income. We also operate a summer drama camp for up to 50 youth aged 6-12 years per year. This helps our local youth develop live performance skills, confidence and a love of the arts.

School weighs in

Dear Editor,

As Principal and Vice-Principal of Kincardine & District Secondary School, we would like to address the recent article published on June 7, 2017, by Josh Howald, “That Ain’t Classy.”  We feel a need to set the record straight. We will not be brief, as the tone and words of his article warrant a detailed response.

First of all, to begin reading an article by the name of “That Ain’t Classy” and then to see the phrase “people could use a refresher on how to conduct themselves in public” in the opening paragraphs of an article that discusses our local high school’s charitable efforts through Relay for Life is very upsetting to a great number of people. To then go on and print inaccuracies about the event is an insult to both our school and our community.

What is flag protocol?

In regards to flags flown at the Municipality of Kincardine’s offices, the rainbow flag is on full display for all who drive by.

Why wasn’t the Aboriginal flag flown at this location on June 21st - Aboriginal Day across Canada. The Aboriginal flag is permanently flown in major cities such as London, Toronto, Mississauga and other towns in this province.

This is something that should be on display because it is part of Canadian history that is taught to all Canadians. If a minority has the right to fly their flag, why not others? What is the protocol to fly any flag and how is this decision made?

This is only my opinion,

Leslie Whittington