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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

That ain’t classy

My comments are in response to Josh Howald’s opinions in the June 7 edition of The Independent.

One thing this world could use a little more of these days is positive news. Kincardine has so many awesome organizations and groups doing great things to help in the betterment of our community and the people in it. What all of these organizations and groups need to function are volunteers.

I have been an active volunteer in our community for years and I love it. Through volunteering I have made many friendships with people who I likely would have never met otherwise. I have also gained an appreciation and respect for the amount of time and hard work it takes to execute events, specifically fundraisers.

 Something to think about

I left this town 30 years ago and returned four years ago. I have stood silent long enough.

As my uncle Bryan Edden would say, just peeking out from my rock. In my opinion, Kincardine can be compared to Radiator Spring from the movie Cars. Roll up the streets!

The town of Kincardine is classified as a tourist town. What a joke!

The bars in this town close at midnight. This has been going on for years and even occurs on long weekends and during other events such as the fishing derby. The only time this town comes to life is for Scottish Festival. Heads up – not all of us are Scottish and we take holidays not only during that week.

People come to town from Point Clark and from trailer parks by cab only to find out that there is no nightly entertainment and the stores are closed at dusk. So they leave and go to Port Elgin, Southampton, Walkerton and Hanover because the stores there are open until 9 p.m. and the bars are open until 1:40 a.m.

A travesty

The perpetually irrational refusal of the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame to induct Paul Henderson into its hallowed shrine begs disbelief.

Henderson’s game-winning goals in the 1972 Summit Series, particularly the famous one in game eight, not only affirmed Canadian hockey superiority but symbolized the moral righteousness of western democratic society over that of the Soviet totalitarian system.

Millennials who did not live through the trauma of the Cold War era cannot really appreciate the symbolism of Henderson’s achievements in Moscow. Ironically, Vladislav Tretiak, the Soviet goaltender whom Henderson beat on those three occasions, who never played a single NHL game, is in the hall!

Such a travesty,


Peter Carver,


 Mental illness a complex issue

I read the articles that Bruce County and Bruce Power are addressing mental health in the workplace, and the latter is donating money to help with mental health in the community. I applaud these contributions and believe the whole “Let’s talk about it” campaign is suddenly making a positive change in the way society is beginning to look at mental health/illness.

But (isn’t there always a but) these recent articles simplify the difficult daily struggles people with mental issues face. Mental health help in the workplace is great, but there are many people whose mental illness is so severe that they cannot work. Mental illness can totally curb one’s ability to function in day-to-day life activities. So we all must be careful in our rush to “help” some with a mental illness, to not forget or deny the needs of others.

As stated in the article last week, physical exercise is important but to imply that a walk will solve the issue is to do a disservice to sufferers.