Letters

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Funds collected for healthcare

I understand that council has rescinded the bylaw in regards to the waterline issue in Bruce Township and Kincardine Township and that the funds for the waterline ($1.3 million) will be paid out of the Health Special Charges reserve.

I further understand that when they hook into the line, they will pay for the waterline plus the hook up. As you know, most of the ratepayers will never hook up to the line and this has been verbally confirmed at more than one council meeting.

These funds should be used for the hospital and clinic in our municipality, not for a handful of ratepayers who refuse to pay for their water line. It clearly states on our tax bill that this health charge is over and above our tax levy amount. It is illegal and morally wrong to use funds collected for healthcare on something other than healthcare.


Good Samaritan

I would like to thank the good citizen of Kincardine who drives a small blue plow for stopping to plow the rest of my driveway on Friday morning.

My husband usually does it as good exercise, but that morning he was inside with a nasty cold. This was a wonderful act of kindness and greatly appreciated.

Andrea Sutherland,

Williamsburg Street, Kincardine


More pipeline debate

Mr. Smith of Kincardine Broken Promises, Mr. Stewart of Inverhuron and councillor Roppel haven't thought through all of the issues of fairness of changing the rules of the game 10 years later.

 

When the pipeline was built, like many of my neighbours, I paid my fair share. I did so because I wanted the convenience of clean municipal water and didn't want the liability of privately supplied water. I made an informed decision based on the facts available at the time, and in my view, the municipality and I have a deal.

 

So now Misters Smith, Stewart and Roppel want to raise everyone's water rates, including those of us who have already paid. They want the municipality to break the deal that it has with me and my neighbours, and want us to pay for the pipeline twice.

 


Cash grab

Regarding the recent editorial on the (shoreline water pipeline) here are some more salient facts for your readers to consider.

 

First and foremost, the past council broke a promise, a good faith agreement between our local government and its voters, a breach of trust, a broken moral obligation to conduct its business in an honest manner. What could be more fundamental to good government than having the community's trust and keeping your word?

 


The King's clothes

At this time of year it is important to think about the “have nots” - those on our doorstep, in Ontario, Canada and the whole world. When one looks at the facts below it is easy to see why we have many affected by poverty in Ontario. There is also a paucity of justice on so many levels.

 

We spend $50 billion more on buying electricity than we sold it for (Auditor General’s 2014 Report). She also flagged Ontario’s growing debt as a concern; the net debt was more than $267 billion as of March and there is a 25 per cent increase in electricity rates coming.

 


New tourist attraction

In the last year or so, there have been a number of media releases about concerns with the Armow Wind Farm. Some of these concerns involve electromagnetic radiation, ground vibrations, dead birds; heck, even epileptic seizures allegedly due to the synchronized red lights flashing all night long. Some people think the big white turbines are an eyesore, blocking the view of the countryside.

However, there is another side effect from these turbines that has hit our municipality. Last year numbers were given that the 90-plus Armow turbines would amount to $10 million in taxes to the municipality over the next 20 years. Okay, so that is $500,000 a year, divided by 90, equals $5,555 per year per turbine. Using these figures, the 110 turbines already installed are paying over half a million bucks to the municipality each year.


Accept study results

In 2012, Statistics Canada and Health Canada began a two-year study of the impact of wind turbines on human health.

 

There was an editorial in another newspaper on July 17, 2012 applauding the federal government for “actually doing some footwork on [the impact of wind turbines on human health], talking to real people and doing actual tests on them.” The editorial said the results will provide the public with “modern, up-to-date information on the realities of living near wind turbines.”

 

The study has been published. The results can be found on the Health Canada’s website www.hc-sc.gc.ca. I hope that we all will continue to view these findings as modern and up-to-date, with no worry about “partisan politics” or Liberals trying to “protect their Green Energy Act legacy”.


Send a refund

The Municipality of Kincardine states on pages 5 and 6 of the next corporate committee agenda the stats of the pipeline mandatory fee: "Mandatory payment of the water capital charges has extinguished the stranded debt of $1.5 million and has contributed $276,000 into the water reserve funds for future capital repairs and replacement of the pipeline."

 

My question is: where does it say that the surplus can be put in the water reserve fund?

 

If there is a $276,000 surplus paid by the 385 property owners, then it should be sent back to the people who paid it as a refund.  I calculate my share ($276,000 divided by 385) to be in excess of $700. So Dear Municipality of Kincardine, please send it back immediately; I could use it before Dec. 25, 2014.

 


Who is the thief?

I am the oldest gardener who has a plot at the community garden at the Geddes Mill.

 

All summer I diligently tended my vegetables and religiously maintained my garden weed free. I personally think that home-grown vegetables are the best, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of harvesting and eating the fruits of my labour. I also enjoy sharing any extra vegetables that I grow with friends and family, which they appreciate immensely.

 


Unsung heroes

Last Wednesday the victim of a fall at a local store was transferred to hospital.

 

The woman who was with me had gone into the store. She saw the man fall. Being a retired nurse, she immediately went into action. Although in pain, the man was conscious and thanked her profusely.

 

From my car I witnessed the kindness, concern and safety measure the ambulance heroes used.