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School weighs in

Dear Editor,

As Principal and Vice-Principal of Kincardine & District Secondary School, we would like to address the recent article published on June 7, 2017, by Josh Howald, “That Ain’t Classy.”  We feel a need to set the record straight. We will not be brief, as the tone and words of his article warrant a detailed response.

First of all, to begin reading an article by the name of “That Ain’t Classy” and then to see the phrase “people could use a refresher on how to conduct themselves in public” in the opening paragraphs of an article that discusses our local high school’s charitable efforts through Relay for Life is very upsetting to a great number of people. To then go on and print inaccuracies about the event is an insult to both our school and our community.

What is flag protocol?

In regards to flags flown at the Municipality of Kincardine’s offices, the rainbow flag is on full display for all who drive by.

Why wasn’t the Aboriginal flag flown at this location on June 21st - Aboriginal Day across Canada. The Aboriginal flag is permanently flown in major cities such as London, Toronto, Mississauga and other towns in this province.

This is something that should be on display because it is part of Canadian history that is taught to all Canadians. If a minority has the right to fly their flag, why not others? What is the protocol to fly any flag and how is this decision made?

This is only my opinion,

Leslie Whittington

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.