Letters

Letters to the Independent are select submissions to us by mail or email. Have a letter? See the Contact page for details about how to contact us. Opinions of those expressed in these letters are not necessarily those of the Kincardine Independent.

Bill C-51 is invasive

The Harper government's Bill C-51 is reckless, dangerous and invasive.

Bill C-51 is reckless because it turns CSIS into a secret police force with no meaningful oversight and no accountability.

It is dangerous because it seeks to establish a mechanism to override our Charter of Rights, thereby allowing government agents to "officially" break the law.

It is invasive because your sensitive private information would be shared between no fewer than 17 government agencies and could even be handed over to foreign governments. Sensitive information about your financial status, medical history, sexual orientation or religious and political beliefs could be shared without your knowledge or consent.

This reckless, dangerous and invasive bill needs to be withdrawn. Contact Huron- Bruce MP Ben Lobb and tell him Bill C-51 is not in the best interest of Canadians and should be withdrawn. Our freedom is at stake.


We know who you are

News flash: Dog poop does not disappear when the snow melts nor magically in the rain.

I, as a dog owner living in the village of Bervie, am getting totally disgusted with two particular dog owners.

One man (I can't call them gentlemen) walks his dog but allows him to poop wherever - at the end of my driveway or (his favourite spot) in front of the Hurontel building where employees of both Hurontel and Bell walk several times a week.

The other lets his dog roam free (usually at 5:30 p.m., 6 a.m. and occasionally at 10 p.m.) allowing him to do his business in other people’s yards and most often at the community mailbox where elderly people try to avoid placing their canes in it while retrieving their mail.

I realize it’s not nice to have a yard full, but I dress warmly and accompany my dog outside. I pick up her mess so I don’t have my grandkids running in it or have my dog running down the street. I purchase a box of 50 bags at the Dollar Store.


Living on a fixed income

With regards to Ms. Buffo’s letter to the editor in The Independent, March 25, we could not let such a letter go unanswered. Since her letter appeared the same day as our picture with Ben Lobb, we can only assume that some other party informed her of the presentation.

 

She was obviously totally misinformed. Speaking for ourselves, we were fortunate enough to have enough equity in our previous house to be able to buy a lot and build here. Contrary to her remarks, we are not rich people. We are living on a fixed income like so many others.

 


Good for them

Outraged. Annoyed citizen about how the government hands out some grants (our tax dollars), namely this New Horizons for Seniors grant to Inverlyn Lake Estates. Many of those living there could well afford to belong to a club if they chose to do so.

 

This grant given to Inverlyn Lake Estates is not for the majority of seniors, but only those who can afford to live there.

 

I feel if the government has this much surplus money, it could certainly be better spent.

 

Marilynn Buffo, Kincardine


Concerns with emerg access

I recently had the misfortune of having to go to the emergency department at the Kincardine Hospital. Having lived in this town for over 30 years, I can count on one hand the number of times my husband and I have required the services of the emergency department.

 

On this particular occasion, it was after 10 p.m., so I knew the entrance doors would be locked. (A fact I have since discovered that a lot of people in the town are not aware of. One is supposed to pick up the phone located near the inside entrance which rings to alert staff that someone is there.) After finding the phone in a dimly lit area, somewhat hidden behind tables and posters about travel warnings, how nice it was to discover that the phone didn't work!

 


Sorry for misunderstanding

The Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) recently issued a press release to clarify that we are continuing our economic development work for the Penetangore Region despite the decision by the Municipality of Kincardine to withdraw from the second year of a three-year contract as a cost saving measure.

 

PREDC was formed to bring a more robust approach to economic development and to act as an ally to municipal governments, so we can do more with what we have. Since its inception, PREDC has worked diligently to boost Kincardine and has not changed its direction.

 


Thanks to the water department

Many thanks to the staff and work crews for the municipal water department for their dedication to getting water restored to homes and businesses after the many cases of pipes freezing.

 

These crews work long hours outside in extreme cold and wind so that people can have their water running.

 

Thank you for your hard work! It is well appreciated.

 

Sandra and Rob Hiscox


Pipeline debate

Your paper quoted the mayor as saying, “That money (the water reserve) is  there for upgrades and repairs to the Kincardine water system, not the  pipeline that was put in 10 years ago.”

I suggest that our new mayor has lost sight of the definition of a municipal water system which is a water plant and the pipes to deliver the water to the ratepayers.

In the past, the cost of all upgrades (the last upgrade was $2.6 million) to our municipal water system were added to the annual municipal budget.  Then all ratepayers based on property assessment paid a share with no exemption for those who were not hooked up to the system.

The fact is when new pipe is laid for the purpose of delivering water to municipal ratepayers, be it on Broadway Street or Princess Street or the B-line, our one and only water system is expanded.


Need hospital access

In the recent snowstorm, I found myself at Inverhuron. I live in Kincardine but go back and forth and spend a lot of time at Inverhuron. As a senior, I also know there are a lot of other seniors there.

 

Medical events in that snowstorm led me to realize that if I had a stroke I would not be able to get to the Kincardine hospital because Highway 21 and the north part of the B-line (County Road 23) were closed, as was the gate to the municipal shore road to Lorne Beach.

 

If the gate had been open it would have allowed me to get to the hospital. But guess what? If you worked at the nuclear site, the municipality opened the gate and you were allowed over that road. That is not only prejudicial treatment of a segment of the municipality, but a health issue as well as a safety issue.


Preferred use of tax dollars

A copy of the following letter was sent to the mayor and council.

Thank you to those who honoured their campaign promise to not support further funding to PREDC.  Voters do remember and appreciate it.

I have a feeling that PREDC will be back, nevertheless, to plead their case once again and I would like to offer my rational to no longer support this group.

I agree with council that economic development is important to the municipality and, if we cannot handle it in house with our current staff, I would not be opposed to advertising and hiring for the position of Economic Development and Marketing Co-ordinator, to be attached to the Planning Department. That position could also help with the Planning Department’s workload.