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Dream come true

One of your readers has written a letter opposing the federal Liberal plan to borrow in order to invest in infrastructure projects across the country over the next several years.


Virtually all Canadian homeowners borrow to keep a roof over their heads. The equivalent for the country as a whole are the roads, bridges, transit, water and sanitary sewage systems that are taken for granted in municipalities all across Canada. These are the hard services that comprise our infrastructure and that are wearing out in Huron-Bruce and in communities all across the land. These are services we can't do without.


Animal control bylaw

Further to correspondence with bylaw officer Heather Falconer on Sept. 29, the Huron Kinloss Animal Control bylaw states: “That a dog can be off leash but has to be under that (sic) control of the owner."


All breeds of dog take exception to other dogs. When that happens, the owner's vigilance is inconsequential and he/she effectively has no control. Time and again, the fact is dogs fight. Bites, mauling, surgery, crippling disfigurement and euthanasia ensue.


Talk about the problem

Your Sept. 9th headline announced: "Fourth doctor leaving Kincardine."

I think two leaving may be a coincidence, but four leaving is a situation.

Yes we have a lighthouse, a beach, a pipe band and a cute mascot but that does not seem to be enough to keep the talent here. Everyone I talk to is convinced that contract disputes are the cause of this exodus. But no one will ask the awkward question - why?

Rather than simply quoting the rhetoric in the media release, how about some good old-fashioned investigative reporting to find out what the problem is? We deserve answers, not just a phone number to call to see if you want to see a doctor in the next six months. It's time we started to talk about the problem.

Russ Coultrup

Limit offensive smell

To Ms. Becky Ogilvie:

Attracting industry

Some people think industry can be attracted to Kincardine. If they were, they would go bankrupt. Kincardine is a resort area, and could be developed in the winter, although the blizzard conditions make that doubtful for cross country skiing, races, and skidoo activities.

Kincardine could not attract industry which would remain solvent for the following reasons;

Because of Bruce Power’s high labor costs.

Because of mismanagement by the Liberals, its electrical costs are three times what they are in some other provinces;

There are about 20 countries in the world whose educational standards at the end of High School, are as high as our University degrees. In some, their B.Sc’s are of a higher standard than our PhD’s. That is because their standards are dramatically higher from the start.

Facilities being abused

The Kincardine Marina is responsible for cleaning the washrooms at Station Beach. These washrooms are checked several times a day for clean up and toilet paper.


When staff came in Tuesday morning, they found a terrible mess - used tampons in the shower stalls. People put their garbage everywhere and wash their feet in the sinks. I have even seen a girl waxing her legs.


The ladies washroom is always the worse. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. This goes on every week in the summer.


Who is next?

I attended a Kincardine council meeting this evening (Sept. 2) understanding that our beach’s riptide issue would be on the agenda. The uncle of Lucas, our most recent drowning victim, spoke as well as the brother of a previous victim, the father who drowned in our riptide attempting to save his daughter. They were articulate, logical, focused and spoke with great passion. Their loss is heartbreaking.

The sizable public audience in attendance drew applause with each presentation. I met the wife of the man who drowned and the daughter that he saved. They want action. They want changes now because what we presently have to warn people about the riptide is not working.

“Weighing the risk” rebuttal

Barb McKay, I cannot accept the premise of your article entitled “Weighing the risk”.


No one should accept your assertion the drowning victims at Station Beach entered the water considering they may be making a life and death decision. More likely these people entered the water (along with hundreds of others) wanting to have fun and splash in the waves.


My brother is perhaps an exception as he drowned while rescuing his daughter and her friend. Barb, for you to state that these drowning victims only have themselves to blame because they lack common sense is insulting, incorrect and hurtful to the deceased and their loved ones. I believe a retraction and an apology is in order.


Two post offices

To MP Ben Lobb:


Is there a need for two post offices in Kincardine - one downtown and one at Shoppers Drugmart?


I hear people say they can’t use the downtown post office as it is too busy at lunch time and closes at 4:30 p.m. Hours of service can be adjusted.


The Shoppers Drug Mart is not even convenient. You need a car to get there. It is not on the highest traffic route nor near a residential area. Apparently all parcels will go to Shoppers.


Safety improvements needed

As a member of the Johnson family, I agree with and support Mrs. Hammill’s ideas regarding improved water safety in the area of Station Beach and the two piers. I do, however, take issue with the Independent’s comments concerning the safety equipment available in the area.


While there is a lifesaver ring and a long snagging pole near the east end of the south pier, its location (hidden behind bushes and a sand dune, more than 200 yards from where Lucas’ friends could have used it) made it cruelly useless in this tragic instance.


Water safety

The following letter was also sent to Mayor Anne Eadie.

I know you are aware of the most recent drowning death at Station Beach. I have lived in Kincardine for several years, and this death is the third in recent memory. The beach has a sign explaining the dangers of Lake Huron's riptide, but we need more.

My husband spent his childhood in Cornwall, England and lived near the ocean. Whenever the ocean was active and rough, a large red flag with the word "Danger" would come into view. Somebody was appointed to monitor weather and subsequent water conditions and decide if swimmers should vacate the water. The decision would be made based on the danger it presented to swimmers.