Letters to the Independent are select submissions to us by mail or email. Have a letter? See the Contact page for details about how to contact us. Opinions of those expressed in these letters are not necessarily those of the Kincardine Independent.

Good Samaritans

Early Monday, Nov. 21, I got out of my car at the TD Bank with an envelope containing over $400 which I was going to deposit. Suddenly, the strong winds tore my envelope and I was stunned to see $20 bills blowing under parked cars and down the road towards Sutton Park and across to Rexall and beyond.

As I tried to gather my wits (I wasn’t having much luck getting my hands on the money), Lynn Maurer came along. She began telling people what had happened while I was trying to chase down a few stray bills under her direction. By now most were spread far and wide.

Soon several people began coming up to me and handed me one or two bills at a time. I’m sorry I didn’t get their names. But there was one lady who kept coming over numerous times so I was able to ask who she was. Both Monica and her husband Harry kept searching further and further out, despite my protestations that they were long gone. They found more money near Jean’s and across the road.

Reply to Allan Thompson

Mr. Thompson mentioned how his students had tears in their eyes after the U.S. election. While I don't necessarily agree with all of Trump's policies, I accept that he was elected decisively.

Mr. Trudeau was also elected decisively. We certainly would not appreciate American students coming to Canada with their professor and badmouthing our election results.

I cried two nights ago when I went outside to see the super moon only to see hundreds of Liberal backed wind turbines flashing red lights. I cry every time I have to pay my incredible hydro bill. I cry every time I think of the obscene tax burden the Liberals are placing on our children and grandchildren.

Accept that both the American and Canadian elections are over, Allan. Anything else is just sour grapes!


Dale MacCrostie, Kincardine

Return decorations

Would the person who “borrowed” our Star Shower laser light system during last year’s Christmas season please return it. (I could offer the empty box!)

Thanks for leaving the extension cord.

Eva Wilken,

James Street, Kincardine


Congratulations Lynn

In last week’s edition, there appeared a small thank you from Lynn Evans which seemed to me to capture the true, old-fashioned spirit of Kincardine. It is surely the sign of a gentleman that he be thankful for the job he is given and that he quietly goes about it in a devoted, dignified manner.

Lynn has kept our downtown clean and tidy all summer and into the fall. The local businesses appreciated his effort with a shower of gifts. Tourists noticed and commented, and people of the community were proud.

At the end of the day, doesn’t it come down to good manners and thankfulness that really count?

We thank you, Lynn.

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine

Opposed to incorporation

Incorporation is a bad idea. There is no logic to support it. Incorporating will not make Bruce Telecom more competitive. It will not generate increased revenue or increased dividends for the municipality.

You incorporate to transfer liability from the owners to the company, which then becomes a legal entity in its own right. But council,board members and management all have ample liability insurance. So what is the real reason for wanting to incorporate? Who is pushing for it and why?

I suspect that council wants to rid itself of responsibility for the company so if it runs into financial difficulty or even goes bankrupt they can say our hands are clean and point the finger at the new board and management.

Pay a living wage

On the face of it, the jobs report for our region looks pretty good. Unemployment is down two points from this time last year (an additional 3,200 jobs compared to August) and more people are optimistic enough to be looking for work.

It’s when you drill down that the cracks in the economy appear. All of the new jobs are in the service sector (food, accommodation, tourism). They are precarious: low wage, part-time, short-term or seasonal, or all of the above.

Agriculture gained 1,400 jobs - probably related to the harvest, so these too would be precarious. Manufacturing lost 1,100. Utilities (hydro, solar, wind and nuclear) lost 500 jobs, which is worrying because Ontario was supposed to be using its so-called Green Energy Plan to create jobs making wind turbines and solar panels.

Station Beach is a mess

Well another summer has come and gone and what a great summer it was.

My family and I own property in the Kincardine area and spend thousands of dollars in the town stores year-round as well as pay thousands of dollars in taxes every year. Yes I said thousands.

Who doesn't love going to the beach but my family has seen several laws and bylaws broken at Station Beach. Anybody with an ounce of common sense only has to look around the beach - especially on long weekends – to see it is out of control. There is nobody in any position of authority there to see what is going on.

Warm hospitality

On behalf of the Playfair and Pathfinder and their whole crews, I wanted to extend our thanks for the warm welcome from the town of Kincardine and the hard work by the organizing committee for the fourth annual Marine Heritage Festival.

Toronto Brigantine has always enjoyed being welcomed to Kincardine and this visit was no different. Both at the dock and while going around town to run errands, the level of awareness and genuine interest in the ships and our program is unique. All of us feel very at home during every stay.

Everyone on board looks forward to the stop in Kincardine every year. Most of the crew will list it as a highlight of their summer due to the town’s endless hospitality, the pipe band parade and the overall pleasant nature of this wonderful town.

Colin Burt

Captain of the sail training vessel Playfair

Times are changing

Isn’t it a shame when a lovely, quiet street along the lake becomes a place of pure bedlam in the summer months?

Some dogs are allowed to run loose, without a leash, disturbing other pets while their owners jog. Kids are allowed by their parents to run through neighbour’s gardens and private patios. Cars are speeding and people are parking where they shouldn’t. Traffic blocks the local postal service, preventing the delivery of mail in a timely fashion. And walkers take offence to having to move to allow permanent residents to get to their homes.

Is it any wonder that the locals are muttering and cursing under or over their breath? Where are the old-fashioned rules of etiquette? A very selfish mode has replaced them. It’s a shame!

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine

Maintain all beaches

We must remember that the lake is one of Kincardine’s main tourist attractions.

As a summer resident living on Saugeen Street, I see a number of people come park their car at the walkover, climb the steps, look at the beach and walk away. I can’t help but wonder if the town is not aware that tourists coming into town from Highway 9 or 21 find themselves on Broadway, see the lake and drive down, round the corner at the base of Broadway and park at the first walkover to look at the lake.

What do they see? A beach that is weedy, log strewn and overgrown.

Is this the impression that we want to leave with tourists? Not all tourists go to Station Beach. If Kincardine is serious about attracting tourists, all of Kincardine’s beaches should be clean and attractive.

Marilyn McLeod, Kincardine