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Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Policies

All newspapers encourage letters to the editor and intend to print the opinions of their readers with as few restrictions as possible. The Fort Frances Times is no exception.

Rules governing letters to the editor in the Fort Frances Times are:

  1. All letters must be signed, and the name of the write will be printed with all letters published.
  2. The writer must submit his/her letter in person and satisfactory identify themselves, or submit a telephone number to be used to verify that the letter was actually written by the person whose name is included on it, delaying publication if necessary to make the verification.
  3. Letter will not be accepted from people outside the local coverage area unless the letters are written on a topic of primarily local interest.
  4. If a letter attacks another individual or group, the Times will allow a response in the same edition.
  5. Letters should not exceed 300 words and may be edited for length and content.

Spurious comments

Dear editor:

I take great exception to several of Shaun Loney’s statements regarding his book, “An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy,” because they are either very questionable, wrong, and even offensive.


Dear editor:

The “jeer” against Halal meat in last week’s “Cheers and Jeers” borders onto hate speech.

It was an outrageous insult to the Islamic community to print those words. The author and the editor have offended a small but growing group of our community.

Pure lunacy

Fort Frances Coun. Ken Perry must be applauded for his relentless efforts to highlight the ludicrous situation revolving around railroad taxation in Ontario.

As Coun. Perry repeatedly has pointed out in several letters to the editor over the past three weeks, Fort Frances currently receives just $3,623 annually from the CNR for right-of-way property taxes.

Dump ‘menu’

Dear editor:

Remember when a “menu” was something one drooled over while deciding what to order for dinner?

Today, the world of technology uses that word (menu) on electronic devices, supposedly to be helpful.

I am all for “helpful” and I have practised patience many times while waiting for a business call to be transferred to the proper site.

Loser all around

Dear editor:

In order to realize what it is that I have been speaking of in my last two letters to the editor, one needs to understand the scope of the problem.

The numbers are staggering and, if I would have begun the first letter with numbers, I would be been disregarded as a wacko.

Hard to conceive

Dear editor:

I feel compelled to add further to the issue of railroad right-of-way taxation in Ontario.

The current model of taxation that we are experiencing is a dollars per acre structure. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada that follows this path.

Serious decline

Dear sir:

The interruption of the X-ray service at the Emo Health Centre indicates a serious decline in our health-care facility.

It results in lack of service to Emo, Barwick, Chapple, Stratton, Finland, Nestor Falls, and Devlin, the First Nations at Manitou Rapids, Onegaming, and Northwest Bay, as well as eight schools and the New Gold mine.

Too much sense?

Dear editor:

Riverside Health Care Facilities, in their ignorant wisdom, has decided that the Emo Health Centre should do without an X-ray machine.

Doctors need said machines and so do the people of the Golden Age Manor, which is attached to the hospital, who have a hard time getting to Fort Frances.

Missing out

Dear editor:

This letter would be more appropriately addressed to the publisher as Jim Cumming is due a big thank you from me for running his column last week about railroad taxation (or lack thereof) in Ontario.

So Jim, thanks.