Letters

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Need consistent customer service

 

Is it any wonder that locals do not support some businesses in town considering how they are treated by them? Any business, whether old or new, exists to be of service to customers at any time of the year. Why else would they be open?

 

I will be the first to recognize excellent customer service and to congratulate those people with a winning nomination in various categories, but I will also be aware of poor business practices.

 

Kincardine needs consistency - whether the tourists are around or not and whether big clients are around or not. The individual (whether a senior, teen or child) needs to be recognized all year by the businesses as these people are the bread and butter of their existence.

 


Waterfront

To the Editor:

I am writing to offer my perspective on recent and continuing concerns raised by Shirley Wright as regards the North Beach Erosion Protection project. In the spirit of full disclosure, I wish to advise that I own the property at 177 Harbour Street, immediately adjacent to the north pier. My family and I have had a long relationship with the property, beach and lake, having lived here since 1911.


Beach concerns

It just makes me want to cry to see what they are doing to the beach at Tiny Tot, to our beautiful beach. It will be so dangerous to anyone trying to cross it. It is so unsightly - it has so many large spaces and crevices to fall into and for weeds and trees to grow in. If you go and look at it and tell me it is going to be any different than the one on Saugeen North, you are blind.

Please, council, take a walk down there this weekend and see for yourselves before it is too late. I see the stakes go almost all the way to the Pavilion now. Please see for yourself. There is a road on the beach now where you can safely take to look at the progress. It would be so irresponsible of our representatives not to check the progress of this project to ensure we are getting what was promised and give the go ahead or stop the activity for the public portion of the project.

To the rest of the town, if you care, say something or it will be gone for good!


Refugees

To the Editor,

Global Citizen has a letter circulating calling on President Trump to reverse the Executive Order to ban refugees and states, “The United States has just slammed its doors on the world’s most vulnerable…We, as global citizens, stand proudly as supporters of refugee communities and vulnerable populations, regardless of religion or national origin…Sign the letter to President Trump calling on him to reverse course.”

Some may feel there is nothing we can do to change this situation. I would remind those that feel this way of Edmund Burke.In 1770, the Irish statesman and philosopher wrote about the need for good men to associate to oppose the cabals of bad men. In July of 1920, Sir R. Murray Hyslop delivered an address at a Congregational Church Conference that included the following: ‘Burke once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”’


Lots to celebrate

This year there is reason to celebrate Willa Schoffer’s musical talent and her contributions to our community. She will be having her 85th birthday; who would ever know with her zest for life, sly sense of humour, attractive manner and her strong will, stamina and determination.


“Fake News” and the Labour Movement

There is a possibility that “fake news” may have been a consideration in the recent American election outcome and with its proliferation in many facets of life, “fake news” is currently the subject of talk shows, pundits, etc. There is clear evidence that for some, fake news may pass for factual news but despite appearances it has no semblance to fact-based journalism or source verified news.


 Make the best of the new year

And now we have 2017! What will the year bring to us all? It will be what will be, and we have to make the best of it.

But I want to thank the people of Kincardine who make our lives easier, such as the garbage collectors, snow plow operators, etc. What a great job they are all doing. The postman often brings parcels right to our door and the merchants try hard to make their display windows beautiful.

Thanks also to the dentists, doctors and nurses. Is it not great that we have a hospital and clinic? I am sure there are many more people who I want to thank, including the newspapers and whoever I forgot to mention.

The people of Kincardine do support them all and don't shop always online.

This year stop fiddling with the computer so much. Read a book, have meaningful conversations, listen to music and don't forget to exercise. I am happy living in Kincardine. Happy New Year!

Brigitte Bellstedt


Fortunate

I am writing this letter with such gratitude for the wonderful emergency care given to me at the Kincardine Hospital.

I am so indebted to Dr. Daniel Soong, who diagnosed a life threatening condition, and made the prompt decision to transport me to University Hospital in London. Not only did he confirm the reason for my distress but he accompanied me, along with the ER nurse and the two EMS attendants, to the hospital in London.

We are very fortunate to have a physician of such high calibre and compassion in Kincardine. I shall be forever grateful!

Patricia Henry, Kincardine


Should support refugees

No disrespect Mr. Pollock, but I checked around among my senior friends and I found nobody gets more than $6,000 gross per year on their OAS. I always thought that we are all were getting the same amount.

Most of us have no idea what kind of support is given to the people who come here, escaping war torn countries.

In our case,we came here in 1967. My husband escaped from a communist country. I am from a free one. We went to Humber College to learn basic English, which was paid for by the government.We also received a small amount in support to pay for food and a room for a very short period - of course, there were jobs available.

When the government, private people or communities agree to bring people into this country, they have to also agree to support them for a while until the can look after themselves. I don't think that there would be an overwhelming number of seniors, but what do I know!

Sincerely, Helga Szekely


Should support refugees

No disrespect Mr. Pollock, but I checked around among my senior friends and I found nobody gets more than $6,000 gross per year on their OAS. I always thought that we are all were getting the same amount.

Most of us have no idea what kind of support is given to the people who come here, escaping war torn countries.

In our case,we came here in 1967. My husband escaped from a communist country. I am from a free one. We went to Humber College to learn basic English, which was paid for by the government.We also received a small amount in support to pay for food and a room for a very short period - of course, there were jobs available.

When the government, private people or communities agree to bring people into this country, they have to also agree to support them for a while until the can look after themselves. I don't think that there would be an overwhelming number of seniors, but what do I know!

Sincerely, Helga Szekely