Newer not always better

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Editorial

In the last few years,  the playground equipment at schools and parks has had to be replaced by new, “safer” equipment. The Kincardine Lions Club is going to replace the equipment at the park at the Davidson Centre.

The playground equipment at Tiny Tot Park in Kincardine  meets the current code, says Fire Chief Jamie MacKinnon. However, that didn’t prevent a young girl from getting stuck in a child’s swing set a couple of weeks ago.

The child’s leg became stuck and firemen had to cut her out of the plastic seat.

If you take your children to the park, be sure they don’t get on a piece of equipment that they are maybe a bit too big for.

Maybe the modern equipment isn’t quite as good as the experts would have us believe.

Fire fighters have to be a versatile bunch.

A week ago Tuesday, they were called to the Kincardine hospital to rescue someone who was stuck in an elevator.

Since the elevator man was more than an hour away, the fire department, which carries tools to open elevator doors, made the rescue.

Lou  Kosmerly hosted his “last supper” Saturday evening – except there were more than a dozen people at it.

He and Linda, owners of Gilley’s, are retiring after 30 years in the business. Saturday they hosted their friends and suppliers for one last time.

Thirty years of running a successful  restaurant is quite an accomplishment.

And despite all the rumours, they are just retiring.

Their retirement reminds me that The Independent’s neighbourhood has seen many a change in the past 35 years.

The Kincardine Legion and the Cenotaph were at one time immediately to the south of The Independent. To the north was a home (used by our competition), a garage and the Windsor Hotel.

Back in 1971, as the area was starting to boom as work at Bruce A and the heavy water plants was getting underway, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Kosmerly and their three sons – Lou, Frank and John – took over the operation of the Windsor Hotel.

That first Sunday night in town, says Lou, not one car drove by.

A few years later, the Legion came  up for sale. Lou and Frank launched The Feed Lot, a fine dining establishment (surf and turf was $12.95), and Lou rented the upstairs to The Independent.

After that, Dennis Pierson expanded his car lot, took down the Windsor and the house that was next to the current Independent location.  We’ve been in this building since 1984.

There was lots of hypocrisy south of the border last week.

For the past eight years, U.S. President George Bush  and the Republicans have been preaching the virtues of the free market economy. Take away government controls on the economy, cut taxes for the rich and everything will be okay.

Sure.

Last week, the big banks on Wall Street were falling like flies;  Bush responded by saying he will use tax dollars to bail out some of those big banks. And here I thought big business could look after itself.

Anyway, the big guys made their money, get off scott free and have low tax rates.

Now the Republican presidential hopeful, John McCain, a long-time Congress man, pretends he is an outsider and had nothing to do with the economic problems facing his country.

We’ll see how smart the U.S. voter is.

Not that things are much better  in the Canadian election.

The politicians don’t talk about the issues that matter  – food labeling, food inspection, the war in Afghanistan, immigration, the environment. No, our leaders pander to special interest groups and tell half truths about each other.

When you vote, try to find a candidate who cares about people - someone who will make sure our food supply is safe. In China, for example, greed has led to the poisoning of milk – babies are dying.

Has any of that milk made it to this country?