Don’t disappoint

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Editorial

I’ve been asked by a few people if I attended last week’s all candidates meeting.

 

I didn’t, likely because I’ve been to too many such events, I know just about everyone who is running, and I know how tedious the meetings always are.

 

As usual, tedium again played a role last week, with a dozen or more candidates having to answer the same question.

 

Next election, there should be separate meetings for the mayoral candidates, Ward 1 candidates, Ward 2 candidates, and so on.

 

Anyway, the meeting helped one resident who told me she now knows who she isn’t voting for. People should realize, she said, that those we elect are handling our money. If you wouldn’t trust someone to handle your personal affairs, why would you ask them to handle your tax money?

 

With a full house at last week’s meeting, it’s obvious the electorate is interested in having a good council.

So candidates, don’t disappoint.

 

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The Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss elections look like prayer meetings compared to Toronto’s.

 

The front page of the Toronto Sun on Saturday had the photos of four of the candidates for mayor. With each photo came a caption: Too fat? Too short? Too gay? Too mob?

 

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A Kincardine woman driving home from Kitchener early Sunday with her mother and sister came over a hill to find a car stopped on the highway. She managed to stop the car just in time and sat for a second or two when the car in front suddenly went into reverse and hit her car.

 

The next thing the ladies know, a man reeking of booze gets out of the car, and says that since no one is hurt he’ll be on his way.

 

The ladies phoned 911 and the man, from Kincardine of all places, was eventually stopped by police in Bervie.

 

It’s a good reminder that you never know who is on the road with you.

 

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I received a number of phone calls and e-mails last week about our out-of-town newspaper delivery. Many people had just received their last three issues of The Independent, including last week’s.

 

I also talked a few times to Canada Post which was looking into the problem.

 

On Friday, the Canada Post rep said the company was going back to its old way of sorting the mail from here – in Kitchener rather than Mississauga.

 

So I hope that will bring about the end of our delivery problems across the province.

 

Canada Post even thanked me for bringing the problem to its attention. I thanked Canada Post for getting to the root of the problem.

 

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Hypocrisy seems to run rampant in this country.

 

I watched the mayor of Sarnia last week spouting off on the CBC news about the danger of those steam generators passing through Sarnia and other ports on The Great Lakes.

 

The truth is that there is no danger, even if a shipload of generators goes down in Sarnia harbour.

 

The truth is that an awful lot of chemicals escape into the river at Sarnia and I’ve heard many times over the past couple of decades of towns having to close their water filtration plants until chemicals in the river from Sarnia pass by.

 

Why do some media outlets give more play to someone talking off the cuff than the facts put forth at the hearing last week?

 

Still on hypocrisy, many environmentalists hate nuclear power, even though it doesn’t pollute the environment like fossil fuels do. They would rather litter this province with expensive wind turbines that only produce power, at least in Ontario, about 30 per cent of the time.