Voting can be stressful

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Editorial

A Huron-Kinloss resident asked me if the electoral candidates in Kincardine believe most voters are sick.

That comment came from the number of election signs at the bottom of the hospital hill.

 

Actually, maybe the candidates are making electors sick. Watching all-candidate meetings can be stressful.

 

I watched a televised all-candidates meeting one night last week on the cable channel.

 

It sounds like the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) isn’t too popular with some of the candidates.

 

I’ve heard many people say they have already voted. Personally, I’m having trouble deciding for whom to vote.

 

I’ll get it done by election day though.

 

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The newspaper business is in bad shape in the country.

 

Postmedia has bought all of Quebecor’s English language publications in Canada. That means all but four of the daily newspapers in the country will be owned by Postmedia once the deal goes through. The four are the Winnipeg Free Press, Halifax Herald Chronicle, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

 

According to news reports, a big percentage of Postmedia is owned by hedge funds, mostly in the U.S.A.

 

Hedge funds buy companies and then suck every last cent out of them. That’s why Leamington lost its Heinz plant.

 

With the purchase, you’ll likely see even more cuts of news staff in the Postmedia-owned newspapers. Quality will suffer and the newspaper will lose readers and advertisers.

 

Whose fault will it be? The employees, of course, not the owners.

 

Locally, Quebecor owns the Owen Sound and London dailies and the weeklies in Port Elgin, Kincardine, Goderich and Hanover. Nationally, it owns the Sun newspaper chain and many weeklies.

 

Postmedia owns a number of weeklies plus dailies in Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

The newspaper business, I would think, is one of the fastest changing businesses in the country.

When I started the paper in 1975, most weeklies were independently owned. Today, the only independently-owned weeklies around here are in Mildmay and Blyth.

 

New technology, starting in the 1970s, made newspapers more profitable; hence most of them were bought up by chains.

 

But now the new digital technology has cut into the advertising base of newspapers, especially dailies, making them less profitable.

 

Still, every community needs a good newspaper that makes people aware of what is happening in their community. The digital world seems too fractured to do that job. I don’t believe good newspapers that truly serve their communities will disappear any day soon. The bad ones, though, don’t have much of a future.

 

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 About a decade ago at this time of year, wildlife was being washed ashore. Why were ducks, geese and fish dying?

 

Well, a reporter interviewed federal and provincial scientists and found the answer. We had a good story.

Those stories are a little more difficult to do today.

 

A couple of Simon Fraser University researchers assessed the media policies of 14 federal science-based departments. They had to use freedom of information requests just to get policies of 12 of 14 departments.

 

Why don’t the feds want people to talk to scientists?

 

Knowledge is power and governments love power.

 

That’s why, even though our tax dollars pay the bills, governments want to control all the information.

 

Canadians should wake up before they find themselves in George Orwell’s 1984.


I have read from an article

I have read from an article that voting is a stressful event, inducing measurable hormonal changes. Researchers say they were surprised that voting in democratic elections causes emotional reactions accompanied by such physical and psychological stress that can easily influence our decision making.