News that Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer is off to China on a trade mission raises a problem.


What can the people of Kincardine send to China to show our deep affection for the most populous country in the world?


China recently sent two Panda bears to Canada for five years to cement trade relations. I believe Canada pays $1-million a year to China for the bear rental and if the Pandas manage to reproduce (I’ve read that they are both female) their offspring belongs to China.


We have nothing quite as famous as Pandas, but, if we’re operating on the cheap, we could send a couple of breeding groundhogs to China with mayor Larry. And we could let the Chinese keep the offspring.


If we want to go all out, we could send a pair of bagpipers, in full regalia, to spend a year in China.

Kincardine, of course, would have to retain ownership of any offspring.




I heard education minister Liz Sandals on CBC Radio Friday morning. She was being interviewed about the province’s new deal with high school teachers. She spoke of “less schools” and of “less teachers”.  Does the minister not know the difference between “less” and “fewer”?


If the education minister can’t speak the Queen’s English, how can she expect teachers and students to be literate?




The Bluewater Board of Education’s accommodation review committee recommended last week that the public school at Sauble Beach close June 30.


The school, which must be 20 years old now, was built over-sized with a double gym and wider hallways to allow for community use and accessibility.


In essence, the school doesn’t fit the ministry of education’s funding formula and therefore must go.

It is such a waste of money – a new school that also serves the community will likely close because the ministry’s formula doesn’t work in rural Ontario.


So small towns and villages will continue to lose their schools.




Last week it was revealed that almost 1,000 cancer patients have received diluted chemotherapy drugs during their treatments.


Should we be surprised?


Not really. We should be surprised that such mistakes don’t happen more often, in all fields.


As a society, we seem to have accepted that old Latin proverb (Humanum est errare) that says “To err is human.”


Politicians make mistakes; they make their excuses and for some reason we accept their apologies.

The same goes on in our schools and in many workplaces.


If we don’t demand excellence from our politicians, students and workers, don’t be surprised when mistakes are made.


The politicians all want to know why the chemotherapy mistake happened and a third party is to study the situation. Shouldn’t they be simply demanding that people do their jobs properly so that such mistakes are kept to a minimum?


As the saying goes, “Don’t expect anything from anybody and you’ll never be disappointed.”




Last week, I mentioned that Doug and Bobbie Brown of Lurgan Beach had seen two bright lights go streaking past their place and then hover the lake near the nuclear plant.


Donna Hendry of Inverhuron wrote to say she didn’t see the display mentioned by the Browns but she has many photos of light streams over the lake. Every clear evening, she says, a flashing light catches her eye. She takes photos and stores them in an album. She writes, “I show them to people to maybe prove that I am not totally nuts, they are in awe and some even come down to view them as well.”


Donna sent along a photo with e-mail and would be interested to know what the lights are.

Any answers out there?


E-mail indepen@bmts.com and title your e-mail UFO.