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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.

 Town still mired in issues

From my read of your article [“Get your home off the road, says council”, April 19, 2017], the town has incorrectly assessed the land for last 70 years when in fact it has been vacant land.

So the town owes the land owner many years of over assessment, which would go a long way to paying to move the house. Or the town owns the building on town land; the owner should sell the vacant lot, prize purchase, just as soon as the town moves its building that is in the way.

I am visiting from out of town. It’s nice to see the town where I grew up still mired in issues such as this.


Pete Scott, Kingston

Just interested

How many millions of tax dollars will be spent to reconstruct the intersection of Bruce County Road 1 and Highway 9?


I have only heard of one accident at that intersection. Many years ago, two young farm lads were having a horse and buggy race which resulted in one buggy rolling over, with no one hurt.


Is there not a bridge or another roadway in the county where this money could be more wisely spent? As I mentioned in a letter to the editor last year, perhaps work could be done on the intersection in the town of Lucknow. I am sure transport truck drivers would appreciate that!


Glenn Hedley, Kincardine

Congratulations, Rosie

“Behind every success is effort.

Behind every effort is passion.

Behind every passion is someone with the courage to try.”

That someone is Kincardine’s own Rosie Laidler. Her effort and passion have turned into two medals for skating from the Special Olympics in Austria.

Hats off to Rosie! Congratulations from everyone.

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine

 Budget falls short for Huron-Bruce

Once again, Justin Trudeau has hiked taxes on Canadian families and small businesses. Budget 2017 also confirms that the prime minister broke his campaign promise to keep deficit spending under control and balance the budget by 2019. Instead, he wants to borrow billions more.

Budget 2017 includes tax hikes for beer and wine, childcare, small business owners (including farmers, fishers, doctors, lawyers, accountants), donated medicines, oil and gas companies and tourism. This is in addition to ending tax breaks for children’s arts and sports lessons.

There is nothing in this Liberal budget that puts more money in the pockets of hardworking Canadian families. Instead it has higher taxes and more debt that will have to be paid off by future generations.

Kincardine rocks

Now that spring is here, all of us in Kincardine can look forward to another year of extravagances in this town.

To start, everybody should be venturing down to the lakeshore north of the pier to see where our tax dollars were blown this year - the most expensive solution to a hundred metres of erosion around. Well there isn’t much to see. Somebody in town directed the contractor to bury (hide) it all under a few inches of sand.

That’s okay. A few windy days and Mother Nature will blow the sand off, exposing the $300,000 pile of rocks. With the receding lake levels the rocks will be around to see for many years.

To rub it in, there’s the 2017 tax bill with an eight per cent increase to pay for it all; one of the highest increases in the country. To rub it in even more, there are 100 recently-installed, big, white fans around Armow also contributing to additional taxes in the town coffers.

Council is the boss

I do not agree that the CAO or Water Waste Supervisor have so much say as council is their boss.

It would have been much cheaper for the municipality to have found and repaired the water meter that was causing the issue, instead of passing the buck because the bylaw states that the property owner must find the water meter.

As a retired municipal employee, I was always was under the impression that the council was the big boss; not the CAO, as he was hired by the council, as I was back in 1980.

I do not agree that councillor Gordon Campbell should be brought up on the carpet for doing his job as councillor and working for the taxpayers.

Who elected the council? It was certainly not the CAO.

The CAO should have to answer to the council, not the other way around.

Wayne Hartwick