Letters

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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


It's important to us

I have received a lot of positive response from my two previous letters to the editor concerning the proposed stone wall at MacPerson (Tiny Tot) Park beach, and I hope a lot of people expressed their opinion to council at clerk@kincardine.net . (If anyone is wondering why it was not in the other free paper, it is because that editor refused to publish them.)

I was reminded of the consequences of decisions with regard to Station Beach when council decided to remove all of the poplar trees that had been there for decades which acted as a barrier to the blowing sand. The trees allowed dunes to form on the shoreline to hold the sand on the beach and keep it out of the harbour. After they were removed, the sand blew into boats, the harbour and onto the lower roadway and parking lot.


Revitalize not ruin

This letter is to all the people who come to the parking lot at the bottom of Lambton Street to sit by the lake and watch the waves and listen to their calming roll, to the parents who bring their little ones to the lake to throw stones and to those hard-working individuals who come to eat lunch and relax before going back to their stressful day.

This will be your last year to do that as the municipality intends to do to this section of the lake what they did to the north section of Saugeen Street - Manitoba maples, weed trees, weeds, evergreens, a wall of garbage plants and no maintenance.

I cannot comprehend why the municipality would take one of the most beautiful and treasured areas of downtown and turn it into a useless, dangerous dump for weeds, brush and garbage to collect, rendering it useless to the community.


Emerg caring & professional

I have had the bad luck and the good fortune to visit the emergency department, twice in the past two months. I found them to be a caring and professional group of people.

 

Last night, starting at 5:30 p.m. and finishing at 10 p.m., I was assessed, entered into the system, made comfortable on a cot, and visited by Dr Daniel Lee. He ordered blood work, and x-rays, drew off 20cc of serum and started two different IVs, each of which lasted 45 minutes.

 

I keep my tetanus shot up to date - my responsibility. I even got a Band-Aid. One of the nurses brought me a sandwich, which I hope was not part of her supper.

 


Impressed by downtown experience

My husband and I want to express our appreciation to the organizers and participants in Saturday’s World Fiddle demonstration in downtown Kincardine last weekend.

 

We had friends and family up at our cottage for the long weekend and on Saturday went into the downtown for some lunch and shopping. All our guests were impressed with so much about Queen Street - the flowers outside of stores, the variety of shopping, the cleanliness throughout the downtown, and then entertainment! Who would expect that?

 

Everyone responsible should be proud of their hard work to make shopping in downtown Kincardine such a special experience. We really appreciate it and intend to “shop local” as much as we can!

 

Sincerely,


Positive hospital experiences

Josh,

Having lived in Kincardine for a goodly number of years, my family and I have had numerous dealings with our hospital.

I cannot recall a single instance when we were not treated with the utmost of professionalism and courtesy, particularly with regard to Dr. Knox and his staff.

Your experience was surely an aberration.

Peter Carver,

Kincardine


West Ridge on the Lake retraction

Having spent a considerable amount of time researching the history of the WROTL project, I would like to retract my suggestion last week that council, through intervention in the planning process, is somehow responsible for the final lacklustre subdivision plan.

 

In fact, it appears that council worked hard to influence the developer to submit a plan more in keeping with our community. In the end the developer, working with Mitchinson Planning, has forced the final plan through via an arbitration process related to delays in the approval process.

 


Reconsider decision

Taking away blue containers at Beefway because they are being used too much - really? Because they worked so well, the municipality decides it should be stopped? The only problem is that they weren't emptied often enough. Most times I went, one could barely squeeze in cardboard. Guess it was too much effort to maintain, but they solved that extra work problem by cancelling a much used service.

 

I hope not all council decisions are this way. It would have been a good one if it was not being used at all. The right solution would have been to empty them more often. Hopefully we won’t see more waste along roadways due to this. (This writer would never do that.)