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.

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.

No respect for property

I'm writing to tell you of a very disappointing experience in our community.

On Wednesday, July 29, I took my grandson to have a look at the weeding situation at boardwalk Garden #23 to make a plan for later in the week. Immediately he noticed that the beautiful woven tree branch chair he and his sister worked so hard to put in last year had been broken.

This is not the first time it was damaged, but this time it is broken and cannot be used as one of the main supporting branches for the seat was snapped. The damage was not visible Tuesday evening, so I'm going to guess that through the night someone jumped on it. I'd like to be wrong, but I doubt it.

Time to follow up on motion

Our council is taking care of business - Kincardine corporate business. They are checking the condition of the assets, watching the public purse and planning for the future. All are excellent business practices.


They have thoughtfully given taxpayers notice on expected large expenditures which will occur in the near future and how these expenditures will be funded. Specifically, council has given all taxpayers the first notice that next year’s taxes will be going up at least three per cent to cover the cost of maintaining roads and bridges.


Response to Thompson’s letter

Science does support controls on use of neonicotinoid pesticides.


I am pleased that MPP Thompson has finally taken enough interest in the neonicotinoid issue to write a letter to the Independent. Unfortunately, there are several misstatements and inaccuracies that should be corrected.


First, neonicotinoid-treated seed for corn is a relatively recent phenomenon. Clothianidin, the pesticide most used on corn, was given a conditional approval in 2004 (not the 1980s as she claims). But more relevantly, the use of these pesticides has increased exponentially to the point that last year almost 100 per cent of corn seed planted in Ontario was neonic-treated.


Parking nightmare

In Josh's From the News Desk column last week he says, "I didn't hear one complaint this weekend about lack of parking from any of the thousands of visitors."


Why would they complain? They parked in clearly marked no parking areas. They double parked. They blocked driveways. They blocked entrances and exits to downtown parking and they blocked other cars in. All this with no-one with any real authority asking them to move, ticketing them or towing them away. If emergency vehicles had to get to some houses, it would have been impossible. 


I enjoy the festival, but the parking and driving is a nightmare if you live anywhere near the downtown.


Ray Richards, Kincardine

Poor choice for location

I am following up on my presentation to municipal council on June 17 regarding the location of a proposed washroom.

The proposed location is the old fire hall beside the Kincardine Arts Centre. I am having great difficulty understanding the logic of placing a standalone washroom, which can be located elsewhere, being built on a million-dollar piece of property with a million-dollar view and capable of generating millions of dollars in revenue.

Another debacle

Thank you to David Dyer, Marsha Leggett, Josh Howald and all of those people who support Rolly Thorton. He does provide a valuable service. Having used it myself, it’s the neatest "scrap yard" this person has ever seen.


There are so many problems in this municipality that drastically need attention and here we are - another debacle. A waste of money (ours) and time (also ours).


A great analogy by Josh Howald regarding bylaws, i.e. the infraction that will be investigated on the report of some person who failed to "stoop and scoop". Thank you.


Floyd Steen

Thornton offers real service

I would like to support Rolly Thorton. He was able to come around and remove several hundred pounds of metal off my property for free. This saved me a real hassle getting it to the dump or a scrap yard. As well, Rolly was a very funny guy to talk with. I feel he has been a real service to many residents of Kincardine.


If this one person hadn't complained, would the town have ignored him violating the bylaw? What happened to grandfathering? Does this mean he was lied to by the town? Does this also mean that for anyone having a different zoning it can just be changed at the whim of the town? It seems to me the town is encouraging new businesses to come to town, but screwing the ones that are already here!


David Dyer

Are you a survivor?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Kincardine & area Relay for Life.


To celebrate this special event, we are inviting as many survivors as possible to join us for the Survivors’ Victory Lap. This lap lets us not only celebrate those who have overcome or are in the  process of overcoming cancer, but also reminds the rest of us why it is so important that we continue to relay - those who participate are evidence of the great strides that we are making in the fight against cancer.