Talk about the problem


Your Sept. 9th headline announced: "Fourth doctor leaving Kincardine."

I think two leaving may be a coincidence, but four leaving is a situation.

Yes we have a lighthouse, a beach, a pipe band and a cute mascot but that does not seem to be enough to keep the talent here. Everyone I talk to is convinced that contract disputes are the cause of this exodus. But no one will ask the awkward question - why?

Rather than simply quoting the rhetoric in the media release, how about some good old-fashioned investigative reporting to find out what the problem is? We deserve answers, not just a phone number to call to see if you want to see a doctor in the next six months. It's time we started to talk about the problem.

Russ Coultrup

Limit offensive smell

To Ms. Becky Ogilvie:

With reference to your letter of Sept.16 ,you say that you’re not a farmer. Reading your letter, that is very evident. Well, I have been for about 65 years.

You find no offence with liquid sludge manure that you refer to as "fertilizer." I do find it offensive - very offensive. If you enjoy the aroma from this fertilizer, perhaps the next time the "honey wagons" are working you may want to come to the country and enjoy - maybe even pack a lunch and spend the day.
You don't seem to be aware that the "Mom and Pop" farms are fast becoming large factory farms. I question if they will produce the hay and straw that you shop for.

Some municipalities had by-laws 40 years ago that required this liquid manure to be worked into the soil within a short period of time to limit the offensive smell. It's overdue that our local council should do the same.
You refer to Suzanne Bourret as having an attitude that stinks, really! I did not, however, I consider your letter to fall in that category.

Hugh Mason

Basic math

I wanted to comment on your front page article in the Sept. 23 edition of The Kincardine Independent.

It will probably cost the upper range of the estimate, which is $200 million. Let's say Kincardine gets an allocation of $100 million for its share among the three municipalities. Let's say there are 4,000 homes and businesses here who will eventually hook up to the gas. That works out to $25,000 per home.

EPCOR is in this to make money. They will need to recover this amount over the next, say, 10 years, which could work out to $250 to $300 per month for each customer. That's just for the infrastructure. The cost of the gas through the meter would be on top of that.

Some people don't have duct work in their homes. Some people heat with wood and are happy to do so. So the figure of 4,000 might melt to 3,000 and therefore jack up the infrastructure charges for the remaining homes and businesses.

Meanwhile, most communities in Northern Ontario heat with wood pellets, which are produced here in Ontario. It's a large industry employing thousands. Wood pellet heating is cost competitive with gas, when you consider the infrastructure costs. Natural gas emits half the carbon of coal when burned, and therefore is a major contributor to global warming. Wood pellet furnace systems are carbon neutral and have pneumatic pellet feeding systems that permit totally automatic heating from a thermostat. Most homes can be served with just two truckloads each year.

Maybe we can be eco-friendly and avoid some significant capital charges that natural gas could bring to Kincardine.

Mike Smith


it is really shocking to hear

it is really shocking to hear the news that some doctors evacuated the place like Kincardine. despite having all the traditional and modern facilities. one should take care of the real cause!