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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

Chicken or egg

In reply to the Huron-Kinloss plan to reduce the speed on Lake Range Drive:

If I were a resident of Point Clark, which I am not, I would think that reducing the speed limit on Lake Range Drive for the residents north of me is comparable to people who complain about the noise of the airport after they have built a house beside it.

As for the extra large stop signs, I think they would be beneficial.

Glenn Hedley, Kincardine

Hate on display

A friend of mine was directly exposed to the words of hate uttered by the “so-called” preachers from London, Ontario. Good and earnest people, of faith or not of faith (and it makes no difference) embrace tolerance, inclusion and being each others’ keeper. My friend could not believe that such imported venom was on full display in the streets of Kincardine. Too often similar regressive behavior is on display in countless places around the world.

See no evil

Surprise, surprise! The Kincardine tourist booth is going out on the highway.

Team Kincardine (Chamber of Commerce, BIA and Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation) pushed the municipality long and hard for a downtown space (at taxpayers’ expense, of course).

Well, in March, 2014, the Team got its way. Council at the time (many of whom were re-elected) listened to Team Kincardine and rented space downtown to be shared by the tourist booth and Team Kincardine. Council, of course, paid no attention to the many citizens who were against the move.

If you read last week’s newspaper, there was indication that a mistake had been made, that a great deal of time and money had been wasted. A classic case, I suppose, of hear no evil, see no evil.

If successive councils did their homework instead of listening to pressure groups such as Team Kincardine, the municipality could provide better services at less cost.

Eric Howald

Innovative thinking

Yes, with the rising lake levels and high winds, Mother Nature is doing her best to reclaim land, deposited a thousand years ago, north of the pier. Kincardine’s response is a $300,000 barrier for the 300 metres eroding away - that works out to $1,000 per centimetre!

Thirty years ago, the same thing occurred 750 metres north on Saugeen Street. Kincardine’s answer to that was the creation of Fort Kincardine. This massive collection of boulders and rocks more than protects from the lake - but can protect us in case the Americans decide to invade. We should be very confident knowing now that the last place the Yankees would ever want to invade would be this town.

Courtesy needed

Where is the respect for local residents of Kincardine?

We are host to many wonderful summer events and vacation spots, but have we gotten so carried away with summer that we are not respected?

Local residents and their pets who happen to live in the downtown area should not have to put up with loud music until 2 a.m. Local businesses should not have to fight over parking rights for their year-round regular customers. And permanent residents should not be at the mercy of sports enthusiasts who use the roads as their personal practice area.

Common sense and courtesy towards everyone is needed.

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine

It's important to us

I have received a lot of positive response from my two previous letters to the editor concerning the proposed stone wall at MacPerson (Tiny Tot) Park beach, and I hope a lot of people expressed their opinion to council at clerk@kincardine.net . (If anyone is wondering why it was not in the other free paper, it is because that editor refused to publish them.)

I was reminded of the consequences of decisions with regard to Station Beach when council decided to remove all of the poplar trees that had been there for decades which acted as a barrier to the blowing sand. The trees allowed dunes to form on the shoreline to hold the sand on the beach and keep it out of the harbour. After they were removed, the sand blew into boats, the harbour and onto the lower roadway and parking lot.

Revitalize not ruin

This letter is to all the people who come to the parking lot at the bottom of Lambton Street to sit by the lake and watch the waves and listen to their calming roll, to the parents who bring their little ones to the lake to throw stones and to those hard-working individuals who come to eat lunch and relax before going back to their stressful day.

This will be your last year to do that as the municipality intends to do to this section of the lake what they did to the north section of Saugeen Street - Manitoba maples, weed trees, weeds, evergreens, a wall of garbage plants and no maintenance.

I cannot comprehend why the municipality would take one of the most beautiful and treasured areas of downtown and turn it into a useless, dangerous dump for weeds, brush and garbage to collect, rendering it useless to the community.

Emerg caring & professional

I have had the bad luck and the good fortune to visit the emergency department, twice in the past two months. I found them to be a caring and professional group of people.


Last night, starting at 5:30 p.m. and finishing at 10 p.m., I was assessed, entered into the system, made comfortable on a cot, and visited by Dr Daniel Lee. He ordered blood work, and x-rays, drew off 20cc of serum and started two different IVs, each of which lasted 45 minutes.


I keep my tetanus shot up to date - my responsibility. I even got a Band-Aid. One of the nurses brought me a sandwich, which I hope was not part of her supper.