Letters

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Appreciates blood transfusions

Your article about blood transfusions on Oct. 8 has jogged my memory indeed.

 

I have required many blood transfusions in recent years. Many health care workers, Red 

Cross volunteers and blood donors are owed a deep and profound apology from me for all their years of such kind and careful work.

 

Thank you one and all from the bottom of my heart and forgive me for my negligence in expressing my deep appreciation to each one of you who has so willingly helped to keep me healthy over the past years.

God bless you one and all!

 

Margaret Humphrey, Kincardine


Fix up Lover’s Lane

Eric, if you feel like taking another stroll along the beach may I suggest that you head north.

 

The Lions Club and the Horticultural Society have done a great job of landscaping along the walkway, but the beach is rapidly becoming overgrown with weeds. The rock garden is lovely, but whoever cuts the grass should be encouraged to use a grass catcher, trim the edges and rake up the clippings and sweep them off the flagstones.

 

Further north, Lover's Lane is a mess! The path used to have a solid base, but now it is soft sand which makes walking difficult and many people on scooters or pushing strollers get stuck in the soft spots. The large boulders that were installed years ago to prevent further erosion have become overgrown with weeds.

 


Act of ignorance

I have been a taxpayer in Kincardine since 1986, and before that my parents were. I own a property at 222 Harbor Street.

 

On Friday I discovered that dozens of healthy cedar trees (that have not only graced our harbour but their roots have stabilized the bank for over half a century) were chainsawed down this week. This is unacceptable and such a horrific act of ignorance.

 

I have been maintaining and doing regular trimming of this cedar hedge for 16 years, and had recently arranged to have it done again. The cedars were planted there by the original owner for several purposes including privacy and wind and soil erosion. Every photo taken of the lighthouse has them in it.

 


Festival a success

The Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival presented a donation of $10,000 to the Kincardine District Lions Club at its Sept. 16 meeting. This donation was from the proceeds from the successful 5th annual Blues Festival held in early July and brings the total to $30,000 that it has donated to the Lions Club in the last three years.

In addition to this donation, the Lighthouse Blues Festival is also making donations to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kincardine, Bruce Botanical Food Gardens and the “Blues in the Schools” program of the Bruce County Blues Society. This year the festival is also making a contribution to the Parks and Recreation Department for the re-seeding of Victoria Park, one of its performance sites. We value the support we get from the municipality and appreciate the use of Victoria Park. This is a small way we can sustain this important community asset for our future use.


Take a lesson from Oakville

Thank you for publishing my letter regarding the class system in the Aug. 27 edition. But I would like to correct the last two lines: I have been part of both class one and class two property owners.

 

In 2005, I owned a vacant building lot in the Craig Drive subdivision. I was billed for the mandatory hookup and had no choice but to pay it. I requested an exemption until a building permit was issued, but the answer was no exemptions. I still own the lot and it is still vacant. I was advised by a municipal employee at the time that paying this fee would enhance the property value of the lot. It in fact has devalued the property value by $8,000 according to MPAC, the provincial corporation which designates fair market value of properties.

 


Is this our best?

After seeing all the seagulls and Canada geese feeding, resting and eliminating on the very grounds where my grandchildren are expected to play soccer, I have put my frustration and concerns down in writing to you.

 

After seeing the field of white where the green grass of playing fields should be, I got out to take a picture. What a stench! This cannot be a healthy option as a playground for hundreds of youngsters running, tripping and rolling around playing soccer and other sports.

 

I challenge you and others of this town to go look for yourselves and take a picture, but I wouldn't breathe too deep or frolic too long - the bacteria might attach. I conjure up thoughts of bird flu and other avian carried diseases.

 


Seasons change

I have always been so proud of my hometown band and talk about them to many when I am away.

Tonight was the most special treat I have experienced in all the years (40) of living in Kincardine. Not only did it do the normal rain thing but when the band headed back the pipes were all lit up like Christmas trees. What a beautiful sight to see.

Thank you all of you in the pipe band  and visiting pipers and drummers for blessing us with your wonderful music and dedication to entertain this town for all the years you have been doing it.

Sincerely,
Jane Peachman


Class system in Kincardine

In Kincardine there are a lot of property owners in the area north of the hospital and west of the B-line in the Kincardine Water Treatment Expanded Service Area as shown as Schedule A in Bylaw 2005-142. These property owners fall into three classes.

 

Class One are the unhappy group because they got a huge charge added to their tax bill for a pipeline hookup they do not want and one they had stated to council that they did not need. Class One own property that “front or abut a municipal water distribution system, as determined by the Water Purveyor, and for which a building permit could be obtained as of June 30, 2003.”

 


No notice?

So the municipality is upset that the release from the Competition Bureau came out without notice or consultation. A few short months ago, the municipality was not concerned that Bruce Telecom was sold without notice to or consultation with the ratepayers.

 

It is time to elect a new council with a vision for Bruce Telecom.

 

Irwin Evans


Water bill

I got my water/sewer bill in the mail today and noticed the increase from the April billing.  For your information my Metered Rate stayed the same, but the Residential Water Flat rate went up $2.68.

 

Remember when that used to be $100/yr or $25/month.  Now it is $115.32 or $28.83/month or $345.96/yr.

 

The Residential Sewer rate that used to be on our tax bill now goes up incrementally with the water bill and also went up since April by $1.88.  I see this one as taxation without representation.

 

These rates are increased every year, automatically, without our input through a bylaw passed a few years ago to avoid public interference.  Yes, they said that out loud.  Maybe we can get the next council to rescind this bylaw.